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As defenses adjust to signature RPOs and slants, Alabama prepares to answer

By Aaron Suttles Dec 26, 2018 FORT​ LAUDERDALE,​ Fla.​ —​ Since​ Tua Tagovailoa entered​ the national​ championship game​ a season ago,​ the​ quick slant​ and​ the​ run-pass​ option​​ have been almost a signature of the Alabama offense. It’s become more pronounced this season under first-year offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, but, as of late, the quick slant […]

Justin Herbert passes on 2019 NFL Draft, and here’s how he can improve his stock before 2020

Justin Herbert was likely going to be the first quarterback selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he was far from a finished product, drifted into “overrated” territory as a prospect, and made the correct decision to return for his senior season at Oregon. That weakens the options for QB-needy teams, but here are the guys worth knowing who […]

The NFL’s Analytics Revolution Has Arrived

The football analytics revolution may not be obvious, but it is happening in front of you all the time. There is an NFL team that plans to run more offensive plays to the side of the field farthest from its opponent’s bench. It has figured out, using player-tracking data, that a defensive lineman will sometimes […]

Let’s take a moment for the magical, soft-tossing, cutter-loving 2018 Mariners pitching staff

By John Trupin When Adam Ottavino recently boasted he would strike out Babe Ruth, it reignited one of baseball’s favorite debates: how would modern players fare against the stars of yesteryear? The debate typically boils down to a few things – the impact of integration, the improvement of training methods, and the shifting ways that players are […]

Dallas Cowboys shut out for first time since 2003 in loss to Indianapolis Colts

A Cowboys team on a five-game win streak had the chance to lock up the NFC East title at Indianapolis on Sunday. Instead, red-zone struggles haunted Dallas yet again, a linebacker corps that regained Sean Lee couldn’t stop the run and yet another Cowboys offensive lineman sustained an injury. The result: The Cowboys suffered their first shutout in 15 years […]

Steelers vs. Patriots: Preview, prediction, statistics to know for AFC showdown

The seemingly annual late-season game between the New England Patriotsand Pittsburgh Steelers has a bit of an interesting twist to it this time around: both teams are coming in off dispiriting losses. Yes, the Pats and Steelers still maintain holds on their respective division leads, but there’s no question that these particular versions of each team are not […]

Sources: Brewers are showing interest in second baseman Daniel Murphy

LAS​ VEGAS​ –​ Since​ the​ season​ ended, the​ Milwaukee Brewers​ have been​ searching​ for a second​ baseman.​ The​ team​ is​​ exploring options, both in free agency and possibly through a trade, but club officials stress that nothing appears imminent and financial constraints exist. Sources tell The Athletic that the Brewers have expressed interest in free-agent […]

Shifting the Blame: If Major League Baseball wants more offense, it needs to think bigger

Written by OWEN POINDEXTER Major League Baseball has identified a problem: The game lacks movement. The league wants to see more hits, more baserunners, more action, more chaos. MLB has also identified a culprit, a defensive system that regularly absorbs the impact of its more fearsome hitters like a tai chi master gracefully neutralizing a […]

The Cardinals offense has made progress under Byron Leftwich, just not enough

Written by Jason B. Hirschhorn Already trailing 14-3 before the end of the first quarter, the Arizona Cardinals needed to string together some positive plays in order to claw back into the ballgame. Mike McCoy, the Cardinals’ embattled offensive coordinator, had struggled all season to establish a rhythm with rookie quarterback Josh Rosen and now […]

SIS Introduces Total Points Metric

Our own Alex Vigderman wrote an article for Football Outsiders that introduces SIS’s Total Points metric to the public.

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