Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Apr 2017, 12:07pm by Tom Gower

Bills Fire GM Whaley

What might be a denouement in As The Buffalo Bills Turn came today. The day after the conclusion of the 2017 NFL draft, the team with the longest playoff drought in the league fired general manager Doug Whaley. The rest of the scouting staff was also dismissed. Owners Terry and Kim Pegula will hire the next general manager, and decide after that how the front office will be structured. Both Whaley and new head coach Sean McDermott reported directly to the Pegulas, and we'll see who runs things now.

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37 comments, Last at 04 May 2017, 12:00pm by Noah Arkadia

03 Apr 2017, 12:19pm by Tom Gower

The Julio Jones Trade: Six Years Later

Atlanta's run to the Super Bowl in 2016 was set up in part by a bold trade made in 2011. Does that mean other Super Bowl contenders should take similar risks in 2017?

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50 comments, Last at 10 Apr 2017, 12:00pm by Bright Blue Shorts

31 Mar 2017, 12:26pm by Tom Gower

2011 NFL Draft: Six Years Later

The first 11 picks of 2011 include a future MVP, a future Super Bowl MVP, and a future three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Also, Blaine Gabbert.

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38 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2017, 9:14pm by LionInAZ

28 Mar 2017, 02:45pm by Tom Gower

Rules Changes: No More Leaping, Ejection for Egregious Head Hits

In addition to approving the centralization of all replay reviews at this week's meeting in Arizona, NFL owners approved two other rule changes Tuesday. First, they passed a tremendously anti-fun, sadly pro-safety rule to ban defensive players leaping over the offensive line on place kicks. Second, they approved an automatic ejection for egregious hits to the head, which will undoubtedly lead to more fevered columns than actual penalties in 2017.

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35 comments, Last at 04 Apr 2017, 2:09pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible

03 Mar 2017, 08:54am by Tom Gower

Four Downs: AFC South

Welcome to the NFL's worst division, where every team has gaping holes at critical positions with no obvious answers in sight.

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21 comments, Last at 22 Mar 2017, 4:09am by Bright Blue Shorts

28 Feb 2017, 02:38pm by Tom Gower

Chiefs Re-sign Eric Berry, Blow Away SS Market

The long-running battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and Eric Berry has ended with a victory for Berry. With the franchise tag deadline approaching, the Chiefs and Berry agreed to terms on a deal Ian Rapoport is reporting to be for $78 million over six years, including a $20 million signing bonus and $40 million in total guarantees.

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9 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2017, 11:51am by barf

16 Feb 2017, 04:59pm by Tom Gower

20 Plays Every NFL Coach Should Steal

Great X & O piece today by Matt Bowen, breaking down 20 plays run by NFL teams that other NFL teams should probably steal. Obviously, not every team is going to run the Titans' or Patriots' QB sweep, but there's a lot of good stuff in here. I'm particularly fond of the Seahawks' 3 Mable to deal with trips.

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7 comments, Last at 19 Feb 2017, 12:23pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible

02 Feb 2017, 01:28am by Tom Gower

Colts P Pat McAfee Retires, Joins Barstool Sports

Late night breaking news: Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has decided to retire and join Barstool Sports. Just 29, he cites his third knee surgery in four seasons as one of the reasons to make the move now. He had a bit of a down year by our numbers in 2016, but has been one of the better punters in the league and also a pretty darned good kickoff man.

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7 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2017, 7:40am by Linked

12 Jan 2017, 05:15pm by Tom Gower

Rams Hire Sean McVay as Head Coach

It's official. The Los Angeles Rams have hired Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay as their new head coach. McVay, who turns 31 in two weeks, is the youngest head coach in modern NFL history and will be younger than some of the players on his team's roster. The Washington offenses he coordinated ranked 28th in 2014, 12th in 2015, and 5th in 2016 by DVOA. After "fixing" Kirk Cousins, his next job will be to help "fix" Jared Goff and the rest of the Rams 32nd-ranked offense, while improving the defense and selling the team in one of the biggest media markets. A very interesting hire.

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25 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2017, 11:26pm by tuluse

12 Jan 2017, 02:21pm by Tom Gower

Stat History: RB Rushing DYAR vs. YAR Records

It passed a bit under the radar, but 2016 was a historical season for running backs and how much schedule affected their productivity through the prism of our advanced stats. (Click to read more.)

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6 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2017, 10:07pm by LionInAZ