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NY Times: NFL Evolution

Make sure to check out this three-part series on the evolution of NFL schemes by new FO contributor Andy Benoit. Part I looked at the development of quarterbacks and receivers. Part II looked at how the expansion of spread formations is effecting running backs and linemen.

10 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2012, 2:35pm by sera

When the N.F.L.'s Culture of Violence Seemed Funny

Remembering Buddy and the Bounty Bowls. It is amazing how we hear the same rhetoric 23 years later.

16 comments, Last at 03 Feb 2013, 5:11am by islamiyet

Casting Begins for Tebow, the Sequel

I have been writing a lot of "list gags" for the New York Times lately, and as usual I have been forgetting to link some of them here. In this Tim Tebow feature, I was given strict limits about the number or religious references. A challenge! Anyway, scroll through the Fifth Down history and you will also find a timeline of the Peyton Manning free agent saga.

33 comments, Last at 09 Apr 2013, 5:19pm by aksamci13

Draftniks: Ever the Experts and Always on the Clock

Your guide to the draftnik subculture, from scoutspeak to mock drafts to the combine.

7 comments, Last at 29 Feb 2012, 9:57am by Aaron Brooks Good Twin

Great Defense Makes a Long Awaited Return

There are a lot of places in this article where I take a Football Outsiders concept -- like the fact that the 49ers defense ranks first in Second Level Yards -- and explain it in raw data form. And of course, when talking about the Patriots defense I bring up the old "field position" discussion. But it is still pretty interesting, even though the field position differential for the 49ers is even more interesting.

11 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2012, 3:06am by BaronFoobarstein

Don't Talk About First-Round "Momentum"

This is really a Monday morning rant about multiple subjects. If you read my hemming and hawing about Mike Smith in Audibles, this represents my return to message.

70 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2012, 3:12am by john123456

Inside Dirt on the N.F.L. in 2012: Mayans, Others Get it Wrong

I call these features "list gags," where I write a bunch of one-liners around a general theme, then turn it into a timeline or other organizer. Is there an actual name for them? Anyway, once more into the breach on some familiar gags, plus some early Andrew Luck jokes and as much politics as I feel comfortable adding (almost none).

16 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2013, 8:44pm by sport stickers for cars

Sunday's Games Have a Style for Everyone

An odd title for a round of diagrams. The last one is my favorite, showing the "spy" techniques the Steelers might use against Tim Tebow.

6 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2013, 4:39am by Rihana

In N.F.L., Front Offices Coming, Going, and Staying Put

I package thoughts on the Lurie press conference, Norv Turner thoughts, and a roundup of other news in a burrito of strange observational something-or-another.

37 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2012, 5:38pm by Displaced Bolthead

Plays Wild Card Teams Cannot Do Without

This week's Walkthrough will be a little light on diagrams, but the gang at the peacock will help me make up for it with an eight-play Wild Card magnum opus. Here are the first four!

1 comment, Last at 05 Jan 2012, 10:56am by Podge