Filmroom and Draft Expert
DERRIK KLASSEN is from the Central Valley of California, though he grew up near Tampa Bay, Florida. Covering the NFL draft gave him his start but studying the NFL itself has taken precedent. He has been published at SB Nation and Bleacher Report, and has worked for Optimum Scouting, do- ing charting and scouting reports for their NFL Draft Guide.
After a slow start with a new head coach and a quarterback coming back from injury, the Colts have been tearing defenses apart in recent weeks. Derrik Klassen shows how they have been using tight ends like Jack Doyle to diagnose and attack opponents' weaknesses.
The Chiefs are the NFL's highest-scoring team, but they're not perfect. Derrik Klassen shows how the Arizona Cardinals used press coverage and unorthodox blitz packages to frustrate Patrick Mahomes and company -- and explains why it still wasn't enough in the end.
3 comments, Last at 15 Nov 2018, 11:32pm by alan frankel
Don't look now, but Matt Ryan's on fire, Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones are getting open, Steve Sarkisian is making things easier for everyone, and the Falcons are playing their best football since the first half of Super Bowl LI.
The Eagles quarterback's numbers are way down from those of his 2017 MVP-caliber campaign, but Derrik Klassen shows he is still doing amazing things -- and the personnel moves Philadelphia made this week could help him in many ways.
4 comments, Last at 04 Nov 2018, 12:05pm by phillyangst
Minnesota's biggest problems this season have been a failure to cover running backs and prevent explosive pass plays -- which sounds like bad news for this weekend's game against Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, and the Saints.
It's not just Baker Mayfield. Derrik Klassen shows how Cleveland's young stars along the defensive line and throughout the secondary have turned the Browns from a joke of a franchise to a team to be reckoned with.
2 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2018, 08:18pm by herewegobrowniesherewego
Our projections had the Cowboys as one of the top playoff contenders in the NFC. Through three games, our projections have been very wrong. Derrik Klassen explains how this can be blamed on both the personnel and the coaching staff, but most of all on the quarterback.
3 comments, Last at 28 Sep 2018, 12:57pm by Bionicman
Malik Jackson and his teammates had a great game against New England, pressuring Tom Brady, limiting the damage the Patriots could do on big plays, and making Rob Gronkowski a non-factor. That doesn't mean that they'll be able to do the same thing should the teams meet again in the playoffs.
1 comment, Last at 20 Sep 2018, 01:36pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin