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Two-Point Study at Riley-Kolste Football

Noah Riley, a student-athlete at Lewis & Clark College in Portland (and nephew of former Oregon State Beavers/Nebraska Cornhuskers/San Diego Chargers head coach Mike Riley) went back and charted every two-point conversion in the NFL in the last seven years to find out what works best (bootlegs, pick plays, and most runs) and what doesn't (fade routes). He broke things down in great detail by play design and route combination, and included video samples of each play type. It's phenomenally comprehensive stuff that is both enlightening and educational.

15 comments, Last at 11 Jul 2018, 2:14pm by Will Allen

Kam Chancellor Announces Retirement

In unsurprising news, Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor has announced his retirement due to a neck injury suffered last year against Arizona.

48 comments, Last at 22 Jul 2018, 9:00am by bachslunch

Jameis Winston Suspended for Three Games

It's almost old news at this point, but it just became official today: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season.

55 comments, Last at 23 Jul 2018, 1:40pm by IAmAFootballFan

How the NFL's New Helmet Rule Could Change Football as We Know It

A good look here at the NFL's new helmet rule, which is very narrowly drawn: "it's a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent." This rule brings up a lot of questions. What happens now when ballcarriers duck to gain extra yardage? What about quarterback sneaks? And how will they enforce this rule with linemen, who essentially make helmet contact with each other on nearly every play?

21 comments, Last at 11 Jul 2018, 6:04am by Theo

Which Defenses Depended on "Non-Pressure Sacks" in 2017?

How does a defense get lots of sacks without great pressure? Coverage sacks and quarterbacks just tripping over their own feet. (Click to read more.)

24 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2018, 2:38pm by cdubya

From the Bench to the Booth

Good article here by Jonathan Jones on MMQB. You can instantly move into the broadcast booth if you're a Pro Bowl-quality player such as Jason Witten. But how do lower-level players move into today's diverse media landscape. Jones talks to Geoff Schwartz, Andrew Hawkins, Dan Orlovsky, and others. Some good football analysts here. There's a lot more to being a media personality than just knowing the subject, and there's no reason why great players should be better broadcasters than guys who were average starters or even bench players such as Orlovsky. Just ask Mike Mayock and Matt Bowen.

15 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2018, 1:39pm by rpwong

Here Come the Kickoff Changes

Today at the NFL Spring League Meetings, the league made some changes to kickoffs. They aren't getting rid of them entirely. Click here to see some really good graphics that do an excellent job of explaining what's changing and why.

50 comments, Last at 11 Jun 2018, 9:25am by dbostedo

Peter King Says Farewell to SI's Monday Morning QB

After almost 30 years at Sports Illustrated and founding The MMQB, Peter King is leaving to take a writing/radio/TV role with NBC Sports starting in July.

47 comments, Last at 06 Jul 2018, 9:11pm by Duff Soviet Union

Chuck Knox Passes Away at 86

Longtime NFL head coach Chuck Knox, aka "Ground Chuck" for his love of the running game, passed away today at the age of 86. Knox coached the Rams from 1973-1977 as well as 1992-1994, the Bills from 1978-1982, and the Seahawks from 1983-1991. He was NFL Coach of the Year in 1973, 1980, and 1984, once with each franchise.

46 comments, Last at 29 May 2018, 5:46pm by Will Allen

Falcons Make Matt Ryan NFL's Highest-Paid Player

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a contract extension with quarterback Matt Ryan that will make him the highest-paid player in the National Football League.

159 comments, Last at 25 May 2018, 7:26am by Bright Blue Shorts