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2017 Run Offense by Number of Backs
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2017 Run Offense by Number of Backs

Our annual look at two-back rushing attempts features Chip Kelly's legacy in Philadelphia (but not San Francisco), Green Bay's fading memories of John Kuhn, and a Super Bowl matchup between two teams with very different philosophies.

7 comments, Last at 18 Jul 2018, 3:27pm by CaffeineMan
2017 Defensive Personnel Analysis
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2017 Defensive Personnel Analysis

Defenses have taken a wide variety of responses to the rise of 11 personnel. Is any one system better than another? And how has the rise of the "moneybacker" changed defensive philosophy?

21 comments, Last at 27 Jun 2018, 10:58pm by TheIdealGrassLaw
2017 Offensive Personnel Analysis
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2017 Offensive Personnel Analysis

It's a three-receiver league, but for the first time since 2010, the frequency of 11 personnel actually went down last year. Was it a blip, or sign of things to come?

11 comments, Last at 28 Jun 2018, 6:57am by Bright Blue Shorts
Four Downs: NFC West
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Four Downs: NFC West

While the Rams added gobs of talent to their interior line and secondary, do they have enough pass-rushing to win a Super Bowl? The 49ers also need pass-rushers, while the Cardinals need a corner and the Seahawks -- as always -- need offensive linemen.

4 comments, Last at 15 May 2018, 4:08am by Bryan Knowles
2018 Free Agency Cost-Benefit Analysis
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2018 Free Agency Cost-Benefit Analysis

Is Kirk Cousins the best free-agent quarterback in recent memory? Should Trumaine Johnson or Malcolm Butler have gotten the larger contract? And what makes a free-agent contract good or bad, anyway?

23 comments, Last at 25 Apr 2018, 5:35pm by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual
Joe Thomas All-Stars (Defensive Edition)
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Joe Thomas All-Stars (Defensive Edition)

The Joe Thomas All-Stars flips to the defensive side of the ball. It isn't just the 2004 Buffalo Bills, we promise! There are some Buccaneers here, too!

14 comments, Last at 19 Apr 2018, 10:37am by BJR
Joe Thomas All-Stars (Offensive Edition)
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Joe Thomas All-Stars (Offensive Edition)

Introducing the Joe Thomas All-Stars: the greatest players in NFL history who never played in a playoff game. From the 'Aints to the Factory of Sadness and everywhere in between, these are the players who shone brightest in terrible conditions.

27 comments, Last at 12 Apr 2018, 4:04pm by gomer_rs

Browns Trade for Everyone (UPDATE: Shelton Gone)

In the span of a few hours, the Browns added starters at quarterback, wide receiver, and cornerback.

52 comments, Last at 12 Mar 2018, 12:28pm by mehllageman56
Speed Score 2018
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Speed Score 2018

Penn State's Saquon Barkley puts up the fourth-highest Speed Score of all time, and starts scouts a-drooling.

21 comments, Last at 11 Mar 2018, 4:43pm by CaffeineMan
Four Downs: NFC West
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Four Downs: NFC West

For the umpteenth year in a row, the Seahawks need offensive linemen. The 49ers and Rams also need help in the trenches, while Arizona needs to figure out what to do after Carson Palmer's retirement.

17 comments, Last at 01 Mar 2018, 10:53am by jtr