Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Mar 2016, 08:55pm by Andrew Healy

ESPN: Biggest Weaknesses for NFL's Reigning Contenders

Here's a look at the biggest holes that last year's final eight teams need to address to make it back to the postseason in 2016. A number of these teams have the same clear issue: offensive line play.

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3 comments, Last at 11 Mar 2016, 2:02am by runaway robot

03 Mar 2016, 02:55pm by Sterling Xie

ESPN: Washington Should Wait on Cousins Deal

Over at ESPN Insider, Sterling Xie looks at other quarterbacks who have had the kind of fourth-year improvement that Kirk Cousins showed this season. The problem? Those players are all over the map as far as whether they regressed or had good careers, so Washington needs to wait on giving Cousins a long-term deal until they can figure out if he is Aaron Brooks or Brett Favre.

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1 comment, Last at 04 Mar 2016, 1:52pm by RickD

29 Feb 2016, 01:24pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Speed Score 2016

Keith Marshall of Georgia sets a record at 126.9, while Derrick Henry and Ezekiel Elliott also come out remarkably high. But more importantly, this whole running back class does well in Speed Score, with only two running backs under 95.

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14 comments, Last at 11 Mar 2016, 9:57am by at

23 Feb 2016, 02:36pm by The Outsiders

ESPN: One Bold Move For Each NFC Team

The second part of the article that started on Monday, with the FO staff suggesting various bold moves that NFL teams could make this spring to set themselves up for future success. Today, Vincent Verhei and Sterling Xie take on the NFC. Ideas include Arizona bolstering its pass rush with Jason Pierre-Paul, Los Angeles bringing in Robert Griffin III, and a reunion of Jim Schwartz and Mario Williams in Philadelphia.

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2 comments, Last at 16 Mar 2016, 5:23am by dickswall

22 Feb 2016, 02:09pm by The Outsiders

ESPN: One Bold Move For Each AFC Team

In a two-part ESPN Insider article similar to what we've done in past offseasons, the FO staff is suggesting various bold moves that NFL teams could make this spring to set themselves up for future success. Today, Aaron Schatz and Scott Kacsmar take on the AFC. Among our suggestions: Miami should cut Brent Grimes, Kansas City should cut Jamaal Charles, and Cleveland should go after signing Kirk Cousins (unless he gets a franchise tag).

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8 comments, Last at 01 Mar 2016, 3:12pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible

12 Feb 2016, 09:52am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Three Teams That Can Follow Denver's Blueprint

At ESPN Insider, we highlighted the three teams most capable of copying Denver's unusual blueprint for a Super Bowl win: the Jets, Chiefs and Vikings. This was not supposed to be the era where you can win by getting so little out of the offense, but Denver did it with the best defense in the league, built with many great free-agent pickups and high draft picks. While the Broncos did not just come out of nowhere to succeed, that is why we picked three double-digit win teams from 2015 that with enough growth could ride their defense to a championship in 2016.

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12 comments, Last at 15 Feb 2016, 5:29pm by tuluse

01 Feb 2016, 07:00pm by Vincent Verhei

ESPN: Where Broncos Rank Among Best Super Bowl Defenses

This piece for ESPN Insider looks at the best Super Bowl defenses of the DVOA era, where the Denver Broncos fit on that list, and what this says for their chances of beating Carolina.

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26 Jan 2016, 02:06pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Denver and Carolina Used Free Agency Well

Denver and Carolina will meet in Super Bowl 50, but it was really a five-year path for both teams to get to this point. The top two defenses in DVOA this year, each built their strongest unit with high draft picks and a few free-agent deals. In fact, Denver had 45.9 percent of its offensive and defensive snaps from free agents this season, the highest percentage for any Super Bowl team since 2006. The Panthers surprisingly come in second at 37.8 percent, but their moves were not as flashy as John Elway's big-name signings. We recap some of the team's best decisions to build these Super Bowl rosters.

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11 comments, Last at 04 Feb 2016, 10:07pm by yazilisohbet

21 Jan 2016, 12:33pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Cardinals' Blitz-Heavy Strategy Could Backfire Against Newton

A little preview of the NFC Championship preview coming Friday on Football Outsiders. Arizona blitzes more than any other team in the league, but it may not be a good strategy against Cam Newton.

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20 Jan 2016, 06:02pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Conference Championship DraftKings Matchups

For the degenerate gambling crowd still playing DFS, we have one more matchup column this season. Our favorites this week include Carson Palmer, Jonathan Stewart, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.

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