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2017 Play-Action Offense
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2017 Play-Action Offense

Party like it's 2012! Play-action came roaring back to the forefront of the league last season. From traditional play fakes to RPO shenanigans, play-action was the hot sensation sweeping the nation.

14 comments, Last at 22 Jul 2018, 11:46am by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual
2017 Run Defense by Number of Backs
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2017 Run Defense by Number of Backs

Our annual look at defensive success against multiple-back formations sees Seattle struggling to stop fullbacks, Indianapolis begging teams to use fullbacks, and Arizona trying to remember what a fullback even is.

4 comments, Last at 15 Jul 2018, 12:39pm by Theo
2017 Run Offense by Number of Backs
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2017 Run Offense by Number of Backs

Our annual look at two-back rushing attempts features Chip Kelly's legacy in Philadelphia (but not San Francisco), Green Bay's fading memories of John Kuhn, and a Super Bowl matchup between two teams with very different philosophies.

7 comments, Last at 18 Jul 2018, 3:27pm by CaffeineMan
2017 Quarterbacks and Salary
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2017 Quarterbacks and Salary

The Eagles' path to the Super Bowl was paved by a home-field advantage earned in part because they got an MVP-caliber season from a quarterback on his rookie contract. In Baltimore, meanwhile, Joe Flacco got paid a lot of money for little production.

16 comments, Last at 11 Jul 2018, 6:37pm by kckolbe
Pressure by Number of Pass-Rushers 2017
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Pressure by Number of Pass-Rushers 2017

Our conclusion to 2017's pressure study breaks down pass rushing by the number of rushers. Which defenses were the most blitz-happy or the most passive? We also found that one division loved the defensive back blitz more than any other.

8 comments, Last at 19 Jul 2018, 3:15am by bsminh63
Defense and Pass Pressure 2017
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Defense and Pass Pressure 2017

Florida was home to 2017's most impressive, most terrible, and most disappointing pass rush. And the best pass rush outside of Florida came from a surprising place: Washington D.C.

12 comments, Last at 12 Jul 2018, 9:16pm by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual
Quarterbacks and Pressure 2017
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Quarterbacks and Pressure 2017

2017 saw a massive improvement for Jared Goff, optimism for Jimmy Garoppolo and Deshaun Watson, and the first time two players had positive DVOA under pressure. Also: will Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson ever change their style the way Ben Roethlisberger has?

7 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2018, 1:04pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin
Questionable Behavior
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Questionable Behavior

What does a player's status on the injury report really mean? To a large extent, that depends on which team he plays for, and what he does in practice during the week.

3 comments, Last at 27 Jun 2018, 1:11pm by jtr
2017 Defensive Personnel Analysis
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2017 Defensive Personnel Analysis

Defenses have taken a wide variety of responses to the rise of 11 personnel. Is any one system better than another? And how has the rise of the "moneybacker" changed defensive philosophy?

21 comments, Last at 27 Jun 2018, 10:58pm by TheIdealGrassLaw
2017 Offensive Personnel Analysis
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2017 Offensive Personnel Analysis

It's a three-receiver league, but for the first time since 2010, the frequency of 11 personnel actually went down last year. Was it a blip, or sign of things to come?

11 comments, Last at 28 Jun 2018, 6:57am by Bright Blue Shorts