Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

15 Jun 2017, 12:16pm by Vincent Verhei

2016 Defeats

The absence of J.J. Watt allowed a very surprising name (and his equally surprising teammates) to make the most big defensive plays in the league last year.

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31 comments, Last at 10:56am by Noah Arkadia

23 May 2017, 03:51pm by Vincent Verhei

Adjusted Interceptions 2016

The quarterback class of 2004 had wildly different results when it came to would-be interceptions that were dropped by defenders. Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning were very lucky. Philip Rivers? Not so much.

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54 comments, Last at 01 Jun 2017, 1:38pm by Guest789

19 May 2017, 06:22pm by Vincent Verhei

The Sam Bradford Index

Sam Bradford set an NFL record last year by completing 71.6 percent of his passes, but he was also last in the league with 9.8 yards per completion. Chase Stuart at Football Perspective looks for other quarterbacks with similar styles -- high completion rates but few yards per completion, for their era. Featuring lots of appearances by Joe Montana, Len Dawson, and Fran Tarkenton!

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10 comments, Last at 24 May 2017, 2:45pm by Vincent Verhei

18 May 2017, 03:50pm by Vincent Verhei

The Panthers Have the Weapons to Conquer the NFL with Option Football

You could use a lot of harsh words to describe the Carolina offense in recent years, but "predictable" might be the most accurate. FO alum Mike Tanier looks at the new weapons the Panthers have added in Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, then uses video clips and play diagrams to show how they can be used to make life much easier -- and safer -- for Cam Newton.

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5 comments, Last at 25 May 2017, 2:57am by The Ninjalectual

15 May 2017, 12:02pm by Vincent Verhei

Four Downs: NFC East

There's a common theme among much of this division, with Dallas, Philadelphia, and Washington all needing more help to stop opposing passing attacks. Then there's the Giants, who need to figure out who's going to run the ball this year.

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8 comments, Last at 17 May 2017, 1:48pm by brentjmu

27 Apr 2017, 01:54pm by Vincent Verhei

Rise of the Mock Draft Empire

Jason Lisk's story at The Big Lead looks at the rise of the NFL draft -- once a chore of a middle-management committee, now a multi-day media event. From ESPN's first coverage in 1980, to Mel Kiper's creation of an industry. And along the way, mock drafts became a thing, starting with the Independent Press Telegram in 1958 before becoming regular features by Paul Zimmerman and Joel Buchsbam. Which brings us today, when everyone in and out of the media seems to be putting one together themselves.

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4 comments, Last at 11 May 2017, 4:52am by RobotBoy

24 Apr 2017, 03:46pm by Vincent Verhei

The Best NFL Factories

ESPN has put up some fun infographics looking at which college football programs have produced the most and best NFL players over the last 15 years. I've got some problems with the methodology -- it seems to me you'd want to measure each school's total value produced, not average value per draft pick -- but it's interesting to note that Alabama's offensive linemen have generally underperformed their draft position, as have Clemson's defensive linemen and defensive backs.

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2 comments, Last at 24 Apr 2017, 11:20pm by ssereb

05 Apr 2017, 11:30am by Vincent Verhei

Offensive Line Continuity Scores 2016

In a year when chaos was the only constant on offensive lines across the league, Atlanta's ummatched stability was the key to a Super Bowl run.

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12 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2017, 9:33pm by Bobman

23 Mar 2017, 03:44pm by Vincent Verhei

NFL Gives Blandino Final Say On Replays

The NFL is changing the way it handles instant replay reviews. Say goodbye to shots of on-field officials dipping their heads under hoods to look at monitors. Instead, all replays will be viewed in the NFL's offices in New York, and Senior Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino will have final say on all replay calls.

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11 comments, Last at 29 Mar 2017, 8:22pm by Alexander

09 Mar 2017, 08:20pm by Vincent Verhei

Washington Fires Scot McCloughan

In a sad story, one of the NFL's best talent evaluators has been fired by his third team in the past eight years due to his ongoing struggles with alcoholism.

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43 comments, Last at 30 Mar 2017, 10:30pm by justanothersteve