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Introducing Rate of Adjusted Pressure
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Introducing Rate of Adjusted Pressure

Guest columnist Ajit Kirpekar applies machine learning techniques to pressure rates from a dozen NFL seasons and comes up with some interesting conclusions -- most notably, that quarterbacks might be even more responsible than we thought for the pressure they do or do not face.

11 comments, Last at 11 Dec 2018, 10:35am by Will Allen
Introducing Total Points
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Introducing Total Points

Alex Vigderman of Sports Info Solutions introduces Total Points, a tool for player evaluation. Like DVOA, it starts with play-by-play data, but then it adds charting information to more accurately measure the contributions of each player on the field. And it will tell you that Matt Ryan has been the NFL's best quarterback for several years now.

6 comments, Last at 19 Nov 2018, 10:28am by 3cardmonty
Schedule Strength in College Football
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Schedule Strength in College Football

The Ohio State Buckeyes have one of the most talented rosters in college football. Their opponents, however, do not. Guest columnist Akshay Ramprakash looks at the caliber of athlete at every school to see which teams are heavyweights and which are punching bags.

3 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2018, 8:22am by daisyr
Lamar Jackson Part III: Analyzing the Film
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Lamar Jackson Part III: Analyzing the Film

Enough with the numbers -- guest columnist Keegan Abdoo goes to the film to show how Lamar Jackson's unique talents can drive defensive coaches (and players) insane.

2 comments, Last at 03 Sep 2018, 3:51pm by njgiants333
Lamar Jackson Part II: Deterring Man Cover-2
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Lamar Jackson Part II: Deterring Man Cover-2

In the second part of his look at scrambling quarterbacks, guest columnist Keegan Abdoo shows how Lamar Jackson and similar mobile quarterbacks can limit the playbooks of opposing defensive coordinators.

 Lamar Jackson Part I: The Joy of Scrambles
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Lamar Jackson Part I: The Joy of Scrambles

What kind of impact does a running quarterback like Lamar Jackson have, and how does that change between NCAA and NFL football? Guest columnist Keegan Abdoo starts to answer those questions by looking at what coverage schemes are most vulnerable to scrambles in college and the pros.

6 comments, Last at 03 Sep 2018, 3:55pm by njgiants333
Paul, Vince, and Me
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Paul, Vince, and Me

In this selection from his memoir, veteran sportswriter Edward Hershey tells of his time spent with coaching legends Paul Brown and Vince Lombardi in the summer of 1968, as Brown was saying hello to Cincinnati and Lombardi was saying goodbye to Green Bay.

5 comments, Last at 13 Aug 2018, 10:54am by barf
2017 Quarterbacks and Salary
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2017 Quarterbacks and Salary

The Eagles' path to the Super Bowl was paved by a home-field advantage earned in part because they got an MVP-caliber season from a quarterback on his rookie contract. In Baltimore, meanwhile, Joe Flacco got paid a lot of money for little production.

16 comments, Last at 11 Jul 2018, 6:37pm by kckolbe
Film Room: Deshaun Watson
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Film Room: Deshaun Watson

Guest columnist Karan Gill shows how the Houston quarterback's deep ball improved throughout his rookie season, and how Bill O'Brien put him in a position to succeed.

Long Drives and the Running Game
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Long Drives and the Running Game

When an offense is simply looking to maintain possession for as long as possible, is there an inherent advantage in running the ball as opposed to passing?

22 comments, Last at 22 May 2018, 10:29pm by gomer_rs