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Tackles Don’t Matter: Evaluating Run Defense Through Statistics

Even with the increased emphasis on passing in the modern NFL, designed runs still account for close to 40 percent of all offensive plays. Yet, there still has been a general lack of quantifiable metrics to evaluate individual defender performance against the run. Tackles, forced fumbles, and only recently broken tackles make up the small […]

The Athletic’s 2019 college football Freshman All-America team

The Athletic unveiled its two All-America teams on Wednesday. Now it’s time to recognize some the best young players in college football with our Freshman All-America teams. These two teams are made up of the true freshmen and redshirt freshmen who made the biggest impact for their programs. They were selected based on nominations from our […]

The Athletic’s 2019 college football All-America teams

With conference championships decided but bowl season still to come, college football is in the awards stage of the calendar. It’s time for The Athletic to reveal its two All-America teams, honoring the best performers of the 2019 season at every position. The All-America teams were selected by a panel of editors based on nominations […]

Opportunity Matters for Defensive Value

I was curious just how much the pitching staff matters for defenders behind them. At hypothetical extremes, of course, it matters a lot; a pitching staff that struck out or walked every batter they faced wouldn’t need defenders at all. A team that allowed only grounders would sacrifice a lot on the offensive front to […]

Inside the numbers: What’s changed about Tom Brady since last year?

Tom Brady was living in the middle lane against the Chiefs. The Patriots quarterback didn’t have much use for most of the field on Sunday, and looking left or right only led to poor results. Brady got what was right in from of him. And, well, that was about it. The loss to Kansas City […]

A Tale Of Two Seasons For Josh Allen And The Bills Offense

The Bills offense as a whole ranked 21st in Expected Points Added per Play (EPA/P) and averaged only 19 points a game during the same time frame. Not exactly what you would expect from a team sitting comfortably in a playoff spot. The Bills jumped out to one of their best starts in years, but […]

The evolution of Ohio State’s offense before another showdown at Michigan

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Branden Bowen and Thayer Munford, Ohio State’s starting offensive tackles, have these conversations before games. “They’re gonna call it for me in this game,” one will say. It’s quickly countered by: “Oh, no, I’m getting on ‘SportsCenter’ this week. That’s my block this game.” This is a new reality for the Buckeyes offensive linemen […]

Ravens film study: Want to stop Lamar Jackson? Don’t test him with an all-out blitz.

If there is a defensive approach that can stop Lamar Jackson, the Ravens quarterback has not seen it this season. Line up in man-to-man coverage, and he’ll find a tight end against an overmatched defender or find a hole to scramble through. Test him with zone coverage, and he’ll scan the secondary behind a sturdy […]

Defenses are basically powerless to stop Lamar Jackson in empty formations

Lamar Jackson has been dominant in just about every facet of offense during the 2019 NFL season. On throws from the pocket, he’s been one of the best in the league. On throws from outside the pocket, he’s been one of the best in the league. On play-action, he’s been one of the best in […]

How Does Footwork Impact Quarterback Performance?

Over the last few years, the statistically-inclined football community has gotten really interested in pressure and how it relates to quarterback play. Of course, pressure often leads to sacks, but it also leads to off-platform throws. Intuitively, throws from a stable base are more likely to be accurate than throws where, above everything else, you’re […]

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