Allen Lazard, DeVante Parker, and Other Fantasy Mirages

New England Patriots WR DeVante Parker
New England Patriots WR DeVante Parker
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NFL Offseason - Preseason is Allen Lazard season, Parris Campbell season, DeVante Parker season, fantasy football speculation season, and wide receiver wishcasting season.

Green Bay Packers Training Camp: Hungry Allen Lazard

Packers fans/media/observers are hyping up ultra-toolsy fifth-year perma-prospect Allen Lazard to be the likely successor to Davante Adams as the team's WR1. Lazard himself told Bill Huber of Packer Central that he wants to be "the best wide receiver in the league," which is an admirable reach goal but sounds a little silly coming from someone who spent three years not quite separating himself from Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, bestowed upon Lazard the highest praise Aaron Rodgers is capable of bestowing upon a human not named Aaron Rodgers: he acknowledged Lazard's existence and right to walk upon this planet. "I really think Allen is ready to make a jump and be a No. 1 receiver," Rodgers said earlier in the week. "He has a lot to prove, I think, to himself and other people and maybe to the team as well. So I like a hungry Allen Lazard."

It doesn't take very deep reading to notice just how faint Rodgers' praise is. Then again, it's Rodgers' praise, so what do you expect?

Lazard ranked fifth in DVOA last year, with a 40-513-8 stat line on just 60 targets. He went 21-290-5 on 28 targets in his final five regular-season games. He recorded 28 first-down receptions in 2021; his first-down-per-target rate of 70.0% ranked 18th among all players with 50-plus targets, per Sports Info Solutions. Lazard's other metrics are solid, he's 6-foot-5, he has been in Matt LaFleur's system for three years and (for what it's worth) he is in a contract year. He's a logical breakout candidate.

But what will a logical breakout look like for Lazard?

Lazard has been targeted a total of 159 times in four seasons. Adams was targeted 169 times last season alone. There were several 2021 games, including the Packers playoff loss to the 49ers, where Lazard started and played over 30 snaps but was only targeted once or twice. Rodgers giveth by helping his ancillary receivers achieve outstanding rate stats, but he taketh away by keeping them ancillary.

No one expects Lazard's target share to triple or a 120-catch season from him, but it's tricky to project any Packers receiver from their traditional role in the Ant Hill Mob into Adams' role as Rodgers' first-, second-, and third-favorite target. Rodgers' subtle messaging—hmm, yes, he's hungry this year, that's certainly different, but the team remains skeptical, and have I mentioned that I consider myself the team?—only muddies the waters.

It's worth noting here that second-round pick Christian Watson is on the PUP list with a knee injury. "Yeah, it's tough," LaFluer said of Watson's absence on Monday, "because there's nothing like getting those real live reps, even if it's in a walkthrough situation. Just some of the subtleties that our quarterbacks can do at the line of scrimmage, to change a play or tweak a play, when you're not out there doing it, it is an adjustment."

Watson runs the risk of lining up incorrectly when he finally returns to practice and going straight into Rodgers' burn book.

Sammy Watkins, for his part, is doing Sammy Watkins stuff: getting dehydrated on the flight into town, tweaking a hamstring, promising he'll be 100% good to go until the next medical setback. Romeo Doubs is getting the rookie praise that Watson was scheduled to receive, even getting a near Jake Kumerow-level endorsement from Rodgers; Doubs, a fourth-round pick with a run fast/jump high scouting report, could approximate Valdes-Scantling's old role at best.

The Packers may need Lazard to be Davante Adams AND Allen Lazard this year if Watson and Watkins keep suffering setbacks. That's an unrealistically tall order.

Lazard's Average Draft Position (ADP) and Expert Consensus Ranking (ECR) metrics at Fantasy Pros have been creeping up since the start of camp. They'll likely climb even higher as fantasy interest explodes this month and news of the current state of the Packers receiver corps filters through the fantasy ranks. Walkthrough is assuredly not a fantasy advice column, but we're comfortable with Lazard as a high-upside mini-gamble, because Rodgers has to throw to somebody besides Randall Cobb.

What interests Walkthrough are the Packers' Super Bowl prospects for 2022. The Packers can never be counted out as long as Mr. Personality is at quarterback. And the other NFC contenders are coping with one setback or another. But it's hard to get excited about a team with Lazard as its WR1, because we have just gotten too used to him as a WR3, and he still has a lot to prove to us.

Miami Dolphins New England Patriots Training Camp: Hearty DeVante Parker

Ah, DeVante Parker. The Summer Soldier. The Moss of Minicamp. Parker has lurked in the midsummer underbrush like a cryptid since 2015, emerging to produce some fleeting practice-field highlights captured on blurry shaky-cam, only to mostly disappear once the NFL season begins. Is anyone still naive enough to fall for Parker's summer-you-see-me, autumn-you-don't routine?

Oops. Sorry, video department. But if Bill Belichick can be fooled by Parker, so can anyone.

As our tweet above states, Parker did indeed finish 17th in DVOA in 2019, and you'd better believe that was the most impressive Parker accomplishment we could find. Parker ranked 57th in DVOA in 2020 and 56th in 2021. For most of his seven-year career, he has made due as one of the 64 best wide receivers in the NFL, but with WR1 expectations and the physique and athletic profile of Calvin Johnson's long-lost brother.

Patriots fans used to chuckle at the Miami Dolphins' annual efforts to make a superstar out of Parker. They must be experiencing a little cognitive dissonance now. The Patriots haven't anointed Parker WR1 yet—Nelson Agholor doesn't back down from a challenge that easily, folks—but as the highlight above illustrates, Parker appears to be a major part of the team's red zone package.

"Big body, can make a lot of plays, contested catches," tight end Hunter Henry told ESPN's Mike Reiss, apparently talking about the highlight shown above. "It's always nice to add a guy like that and take a little pressure off everybody else."

"DeVante has made some really good plays for us," muttered Bill Belichick. "Some of the things we ask him to do are, maybe, different. I don't know exactly what he did in Miami." You would think that the avuncular Belichick knows exactly what a starting wide receiver he faced twice per year did in Miami, but Parker's career has been ordinary enough to cause amnesia.

"Good to have him," Belichick added after more mumbling and shrugging. "Great to work with him. We'll see how it goes." Aaron Rodgers should take notes.

Reports so far out of Foxborough about the Patriots offense have been as pessimistic as reports that slip past the Ministry of Truth are allowed to be. Matt Patricia is apparently calling plays and coaching various position groups, even negotiating contracts, and that's double-plus good. Patricia plans to install a "Shanahan-style" running game, which sounds more like a reassuring buzzword than a plan, especially coming from a coach who could barely run a Belichick-style defense with Belichick himself standing next to him.

It's still early, defenses always have the upper hand at this point in training camp, and Walkthrough has been burned by Patriots skepticism too many times to place our hands too close to the stovetop. But if warning sirens aren't going off in your ears about the Patriots right now, you ain't listening. Buzz around a Dolphins veteran castoff, the sort of player the Patriots of the mid-2010s would acquire to great fanfare in June then cut on Labor Day, isn't helping.

Over on the fantasy side of the aisle, Parker appears to be experiencing a little bump thanks to that highlight video and the press accompanying it. As an aside, Walkthrough rarely plays fantasy football anymore for this very reason. Back at the turn of the century, buzz out of Foxborough or Green Bay took weeks to reach Cousin Jed, who showed up on draft night clutching a cheat sheet he bought at 7-Eleven which was published in May. Now, every teenaged nephew's phone pings when a WR3 pulls a hammy. I'm not saying it's worse—this industry feeds my kids, for heaven's sake—but it's just too different for this graybeard who lacks the bandwidth to think deeply about DeVante Parker's target share when Matt Freakin' Patricia is the one doing the sharing.

Our Football Outsiders Almanac KUBIAK projection of 49-615-4 sounds about right for Parker, as does our note that Parker's contested-catch ability (which, unfortunately, comes bundled with his doesn't-get-all-that-open ability) could help him haul in some of Mac Jones' off-speed pitches. If 50 catches or so represents the high-water mark for Patriots receivers, well, no one should pretend that they didn't see it coming.

Indianapolis Colts Training Camp: Healthy Parris Campbell

Allen Lazard and DeVante Parker have at least enjoyed some legitimate NFL success. Indianapolis Colts receiver Parris Campbell has caught just 34 passes in three NFL seasons due to hand (2019), foot (fracture, 2019), head (2020 concussion after a car accident), knee (PCL, 2020), abdomen (2021), and foot (Achilles, 2021) injuries.

Frank Reich, however, feels that Campbell has finally turned the corner. "He looks strong, fast, explosive, good hands, understands the offense, consistent," Reich said. "I mean, it's early, but that's what we are looking for from him. Now we just need that to continue to build."

Hahaha, Walkthrough just played a little prank. That quote was from August of 2020. Campbell is Healthy and Turning the Corner fanfic is a reliable midsummer literary subgenre in Indy.

That said, Campbell is indeed healthy as of press time, and Colts fans got to see the evidence at an open-to-the-public practice. "Blazing through the middle of the field, Campbell got on top of Nick Cross," writes Joel A. Erickson for the Indy Star. "Campbell went up and snatched the ball before Cross could turn his head, putting together the kind of explosive play Indianapolis envisioned when he was drafted."

Rest assured that those quotes indeed come from just a few days ago. And if Erickson sounds a little overstimulated with all the blazing/snatching/explosiveness, remember that the Colts press pool suffered through the Year of Wentz. The sun shines a little brighter now for them, mown grass smells a little fresher.

Campbell has been vaporware for so long that I needed to look up my 2019 draft-day scouting reports to remember exactly what his deal is supposed to be. Oh yeah: Ohio State middle-of-the-field slot guy, ran a 4.31s combine 40, not as shifty as a Tyreek type but had some route-running chops. Reich appears to have Campbell penciled in as a slot guy working underneath. Nelson Agholor thrived in that role for the 2017 Eagles. Matt Ryan knows how to use such a receiver. Reich hasn't quite had a similar receiver since then, largely because the Colts have been waiting for Campbell.

Our Football Outsiders Almanac KUBIAK projection for Campbell is 43-555-3, which sounds like eight or nine games as a slot RPO gobbler and eight or nine games on the IR. You do what you choose to do with your fantasy picks/dollars/energy: Walkthrough won't believe in Campbell until we see him being productive in back-to-back regular-season games. And we're not going to believe in the 2022 Colts as anything more than soft-division wild-card fodder until they stop building rosters which scream "soft-division wild-card fodder."

Stephen Ross, Tom Brady and More: Around the League

News 'n' notes from the dog days of August.

NFL plans to appeal the Deshaun Watson ruling.
Rodger Goodell must submit his appeal to Rodger Goodell, who will then consult with Rodger Goodell before issuing a ruling that supersedes the collectively bargained process designed to limit Rodger Goodell's power. In this way, justice shall be assured.

NFL suspends Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and vacates draft picks due to tampering with Tom Brady.
If Ross had just approached Giselle first the way Fergie, Venus, and Serena told him to, he'd have a Super Bowl ring today.

NFL claims to have found no evidence that Ross ordered Brian Flores to "tank" for $100,000 per game.
If Ross had ordered Flores to "play Moneyball" for $100,000 per game, he'd have won an award from the Sloan Conference.

Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick tears ACL.
Awful news for one of the NFL's most underappreciated players. Sadly, the Broncos' usual reaction to major wide receiver injuries is to create a bigger role for Tim Patrick.

Jets QB Zach Wilson going dark on social media to focus on 'voices I really need to hear right now.'
Stevie Nicks singing "Edge of Seventeen," Simon and Garfunkel singing "Mrs. Robinson," Rod Stewart singing "Maggie Mae," etc.

Falcons fail to trade linebacker Deion Jones, will now keep him to avoid a cap hit.
Jones should have snuck into Matt Ryan's carry-on bag when he had the chance.

49ers general manager John Lynch bruises his face in a bicycling mishap, may skip his Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Wear your helmets, kids and middle-aged adults. Also, just as you must wait 30 minutes before swimming after eating, you must wait 30 minutes to go cycling after negotiating a $75-million contract.

As for Lynch's bicycle, Walkthrough suggests gifting it to Antonio Brown.

Justin Fields, Dallas Cowboys Kickers, and Darrell Taylor: Images from Training Camp

Walkthrough scrolls Twitter all day every day so you don't have to!

Third-year edge rusher Darrell Taylor has been everywhere on Seahawks Twitter. Here he is dancing onto the field and trying to look cool (impossible!) in a Guardian Cap. Here he is running hoop drills with Boye Mafe. And finally, here's Taylor bringing some of that Bills training camp "Let's Tempt Fate!" energy by mixing it up with DK Metcalf:

Taylor quietly racked up 6.5 sacks in a rotation role in 2021. He'd be a prospect to watch if the Seahawks weren't a hollow shell of the team they used to be.

Speaking of the Bills, Josh Allen continues to work on his William Shatner dramatic death scenes:

C'mon, Josh: the Bills just survived a Jordan Poyer injury scare. Fake a bout of tonsilitis or something until Labor Day.

At least the Bills don't have to worry about someone like Saints rookie offensive tackle Trevor Penning causing a ruckus:

Penning even got kicked out of practice for fighting on Wednesday. That's the energy that turned heads during Senior Bowl week and helped Penning climb into the first round, so it's easy to understand why he hasn't turned the volume down. This story likely ends, however, with Cameron Jordan getting fed up and dunking Penning upside-down in Lake Pontchartrain until he chills the hell out.

In other over-aggressive offensive lineman new, Jets tackle Mekhi Becton is ready for game day, so long as he's up against unpadded middle-aged men.

Penning would have picked that coach up and tossed him to the ground again after the whistle. Becton clearly lacks heart.

Let's check in on Justin Fields and the Bears offense and oh dear lord…

Every dispatch Walkthrough gets from Bears camp is exceedingly dire. It's almost as if they surrounded a foundering quarterback with the league's worst offensive supporting cast or something. But hey, at least Bryon Pringle can block a stationary target:

Watch carefully and you can see that Equanimeous St. Brown actually moves his sled several feet, while Pringle merely stands his sled upright. Maybe the Bears should just run the Fields speed option to their side 30 times per game.

While we're talking Bears, Carmen Vitali of The Draft Network also reports that Matt Eberflus, obviously joking, said "I'm going for every fourth down. We're never going to punt." Finally, the coach of our dreams, and he's stuck on a team that will face perpetual fourth-and-10.

Walkthrough loves it when the team social networking person gets a little overzealous and posts a highlight that's not really a highlight. Such is the case with this Dallas Cowboys clip of Cooper Rush throwing on the run to Branden Smith:

Ah yes, the training camp pass rush getting to the backup quarterback, who heaves up an off-balance quail, which causes a collision among teammates, which a third-string receiver catches off the ricochet of his own facemask. Send this Cowboys videographer to Miami to capture Tua Tagovailoa footage, stat!

Let's stay in Thousand Oaks, where Dallas Morning News reporter Michael Gehlken is keeping us up to date on the Cowboys kicker battle:

Lirim Hajrullahu, you no doubt recall, is the Kosovo-born, Ontario-raised former CFL kicker who took over briefly for COVID-positive Greg Zuerlein last year. Hajrullahu has one of the most complete Wikipedia pages Walkthrough has ever seen for an obscure placekicker, and we love him for it. Jonathan Garibay is the rookie from Texas Tech the Cowboys signed because Jerrah saw him kick a 62-yarder. It sounds like Hajrullahu is winning the job, which could be fantasy-relevant, since the Cowboys are likely to score some points. It's pronounced HIGH-roo-lah-hoo (think: "high roll yahoo") if you don't want to recreate the old T.J. Houshmandzadeh commercial at your draft.

Let's wrap in East Rutherford, where friend-of-Walkthrough Matt Lombardo is excited to see Saquon Barkley used as a wide receiver.

Like Parris Campbell is Healthy and DeVante Parker Looks Awesome, Saquon's Gonna Catch Passes is an annual August storyline you can set your watch to. Walkthrough is rooting for Saquon to succeed, just as we would love to see perennial prospect receivers break through, because covering the NFL is more fun when there are lots of new/resurrected stars to watch and talk about. But this ain't Walkthrough's first early August, and we have a funny feeling that we won't be seeing many Saquon wheel routes come September.


35 comments, Last at 11 Aug 2022, 11:27pm

1 Walkthrough is assuredly not…

Walkthrough is assuredly not a fantasy advice column

You are holding out, like McAuliffe at Bastogne or Evans going down with the Johnston or Roethlisberger standing in the pocket for five minutes.

The Patriots haven't anointed Parker WR1 yet—Nelson Agholor doesn't back down from a challenge that easily, folks

Targets suggest Meyers and Bourne (happy birthday) are WRs 1 and 2 in some order -- Meyers has the volume, but Bourne's efficiency numbers are much better. Is that not true? Is it not in Agholor's nature to reject the very premise of "receiver"?

Every dispatch Walkthrough gets from Bears camp is exceedingly dire. 

The last time the Bears had a good offense, we were allied with Russia and China against Japan and Germany, helping the Russians retake Ukraine and China retake* Taiwan.

* -- much like the Ryukyus aren't actually historically Japanese, Formosa wasn't historically Chinese -- being Formosan, and of all things Dutch beforehand. But roll with it.

5 Man, that Fields throw was…

Man, that Fields throw was reminiscent of EJ Manuel. Not someone you want to be on the comparison list with.

8 Given that it's Fields, I'm…

Given that it's Fields, I'm kindof predisposed to be super-critical but I don't get why Clay Harbor says "you gotta be 100% on these defensive busts" there. It's training camp. And 7-on-7. What the defense does in practice shouldn't be affecting your throwing process at this point. You make the throw you think you're going to have to make in game (which is way harder), not the throw you need to make in camp.

I mean, he still overthrew it, sure. But he shouldn't be just tossing the ball there like it's a coverage bust in-game.

17 I'm not sure you understand…

In reply to by FanZed

I'm not sure you understand what I'm saying?

The goal isn't to throw to a wide open receiver in 7 on 7. It's to throw to where the receiver is likely to be in a game. It's practice. If the defender falls down, the receiver doesn't like, stop, wave his hands, and let the QB play pitch & catch. The WR just keeps running the route as if the defender hadn't fallen down. Otherwise why are you practicing? You really think NFL QBs need to practice wide open throws? Why would you bother doing that in 7 on 7?

It's the same reason why you see lots of interceptions in practice as well: depending on what they're practicing, the QB might throw the pass regardless of what the DB or WR does because that's what the coaches want to see.

Like I said he still overthrew it but it pretty clearly was intended to be a tight-coverage type throw: right at the sidelines, back shoulder type thing. Not an easy throw in general.

6 Parker vs. Pats

"Patriots fans used to chuckle at the Miami Dolphins' annual efforts to make a superstar out of Parker. "

Parker's had some very good games versus the Patriots, including his game in December of 2019 when he was the only WR to seriously expose DPOY Stephon Gilmore.

So, no.  We haven't been chuckling. 

One thing that Belichick does occasionally is overrate players who have had very good games as a Patriots' opponent.  See, for example, Nelson Agholor. 

7 And Greg Lewis. He's got…

And Greg Lewis. He's got some amazing love of Philly WRs. Which is just weird, because both Philly and New England are terrible at WR evaluation.

11 Well, or JJ Arcega-Whiteside…

Well, or JJ Arcega-Whiteside. There really are too many Philly receiver busts to confidently say which one Bill will become fascinated with next. Plus he tends to be fascinated with flash in the pan WRs, which is why I was amazed he didn't go after Greg Ward or Travis Fulgham.

30 Parker is a good WR whose…

Parker is a good WR whose stats were depressed because of playing in a bad offense and often playing injured. Get used to his hamstring keeping him from being 100% from week x to week y and missing a few games on top.

10 Is every Bears fan just…

Is every Bears fan just predisposed to assuming Fields is a bust or is that pessimism built upon the fact that the Bears executed their off-season as if Fields is a bust and his presence on this year is a sunk cost?

Thinking in deeper about it. What was the alternative path?

There's no evidence, at least as far as I know, that hiring an offensive minded HC translates to fixing your offense. Plenty of coaches have been tried and failed going this route. 

But still, I suppose they could have gone after Kevin O'Connell and Tim Paton instead of Eberflus. 

Then there's the lack of off-season receiver acquisitions. But remember, the top wide receivers were acquired in major trades and probably had some say in where they would be going . So that means the Bears should have gone all Jacksonville and overpaid for middle tier receivers in the desperate hope that one of them becomes a value contract somehow.

Honestly, I just don't think there weren't many palatable moves to be made. The Fields pick cost them this year's first and he's coming onto a roster that is in the recovery phase of the Trubisky disaster. At this point, I think its worth being realistic. Fields has to show some improvement but expectations shouldn't follow the Herbert, Mahomes, Burrow side of things.

12 It's also based on the 100…

It's also based on the 100 year trend of the Halas family being allergic to offense.

It's like assuming the Cardinals won't do something stupid. It they started doing that, they wouldn't be the Cardinals.

\The Generals were due!

20 the extremely likely…

the extremely likely scenario of him being just a standard NFL bust

It's year 2. Rookie QBs are bad. None of Fields/Wilson/Lawrence were so ungodly bad they fall into "pitch 'em now" like Josh Rosen did.

A better example of "why aren't we saying dude, he's a bust, move on" is without a doubt Daniel Jones. Year 4, absolutely zero sign of being anything other than a replacement QB, and people are still saying "make or break year" because Judge was terrible. I mean, c'mon. Guy's just a bad QB. Move on.

21 This is the Giants we are…

This is the Giants we are talking about. 


Also, since DVOA normalizes by year and because so many rookies started last year and most were bad, I wouldn't be surprised if Fields' numbers are being overstated. By typical rookie standards, my impression was he was pretty terrible.

I think, if we are being honest, the luster on Wilson, Fields and Lawrence has taken a hit and pushed their career probabilities of success down from where they were coming in as blank slates. 

Mac probably improved upon his and Lance's remained unchanged.

23 Lawrence is probably still…

Lawrence is probably still ok because Jax was just THAT bad. When they did the QB rating podcast they basically said "ok, last year told us almost nothing, so, based on projection, he'll probably be replacement or better". 

Bad rookie years for QB don't seem to be that predictive. You hope to see something in year 2 however. 

25 I would question both…

I would question both statements(not in any personal way fyi).

Was Lawrence's situation all that dissimilar from say Fields or Wilson? I suppose you could argue that Urban was about the worst possible head coaching hire since Bobby Petrino, but then again, everyone said Gase was such an awful coach and Sam Darnold has been basically the same(of course you could argue he's been snakebit twice landing with Matt Rhule).

As for bad rookie years, I think it depends on how bad it is. There's definitely run of the mill, garden variety rookie mistakes bad and awful, showed almost no progress the entire year; everyone is concerned bad. I would say all three of Fields, Lawrence, and Wilson were like that. I mean, Daniel Jones who everyone thinks is a bust was actually a bit better than Lawrence and miles ahead of both Fields and Wilson in his rookie year. 

26 I think work done right here…

I think work done right here at FO has shown that there isn't any consistent relationship between "progress" that rookies do or do not show over the course of their first season and how they go on to perform in subsequent seasons. For Fields's part, he didn't even play in 5 of the last 7 weeks. That may be a bad sign for other reasons, but I don't see how you make much of a season arc out of it.

The consensus I've seen from analysts who are still big fans of Lawrence focuses on the fact that they believe he's already mentally operating at a high level - he's calling audibles and adjusting protections at the line, is working through his progressions, adjusts his ball placement on throws to account for where the defenders are, and he was good at avoiding sacks even though his line sucked and had next to nothing to work with at receiver. And that last point is at least one area where you can draw real contrast with the other names you mentioned (Wilson, Fields, Jones), who have all taken a lot of sacks as young players.

27 And yet his in season DVOA…

And yet his in season DVOA was worse than Danny dimes. Ex ante, is Jacksonville with Urban Meyer much worse than Joe Judges Giants?

You could be right, but whenever people throw circumstances= the reasons for struggle, they tend to be dismissive of the fact that the same could be said about countless other qbs who struggled and failed.

33 And yet his in season DVOA…

And yet his in season DVOA was worse than Danny dimes

Lawrence's DVOA was less than 10% lower than Daniel Jones's third year - why is there an "and yet" here? With an average QB career track even without giving any "Jacksonville was a dumpster fire" benefit you'd expect Lawrence to end up better than Daniel Jones just on the data you have.

Giving circumstances for Lawrence is fine. Rookie QBs suck. Daniel Jones is going into his 4th year and he's barely ever been above replacement. He's a reclamation project at this point. Mitch Trubisky has showed more potential than Daniel Jones.

34 “There's no evidence, at…

“There's no evidence, at least as far as I know, that hiring an offensive minded HC translates to fixing your offense. Plenty of coaches have been tried and failed going this route.”

As a Rams fan who got to see what McVay did in his first year with largely the same offensive roster as Jeff Fisher I beg to differ. More likely the “offensive minded coaches,” just suck.

14 NFL claims to have found no…

NFL claims to have found no evidence that Ross ordered Brian Flores to "tank" for $100,000 per game.
If Ross had ordered Flores to "play Moneyball" for $100,000 per game, he'd have won an award from the Sloan Conference.

No! That's not what it said (and not what Flores claimed - how do you 'order' someone to tank for $100k/game? - "offer" maybe).

The NFL claims that Ross's offer to pay Brian Flores to "tank" for $100,000 per game was not a serious offer. And we should all totally believe these people who say this now that the NFL has established them to be liars (snicker).

The report absolutely found evidence that Ross did say something like that "as to which there are differing recollections about the wording, timing, and context."

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