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Michigan’s Ronnie Bell moves to the front of the line

It was just two years ago when an under-recruited, underrated wide receiver named Ronnie Bell walked onto Michigan’s campus for the first time. Bell was a basketball star in high school — an athlete with above-average agility — who played football for fun. But he quickly turned heads in practice, enough to warrant playing time […]

Man overboard! Why defenses are getting killed in man coverage

One of the most egregious and eventually most fireable offenses any coach can make is to roll headlong into a new NFL trend without the personnel to make it work. For the rare Bill Belichicks of the world who change their modus operandi from year to year (heck, from week to week and drive to drive ) […]

Best bets for Week 3 in the NFL include the Washington Football Team

High-profile injuries were the story of Week 2. The San Francisco 49ers lost Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman to injuries of varying levels of severity. The Carolina Panthers lost running back Christian McCaffery for at least a few weeks. The New York Giants lost their star running back, Saquon […]

Rangers’ Kiner-Falefa Hopes to Cap Off 2020 Season With a Gold Glove

For the most part, 2020 has been a season to forget for the Texas Rangers and their fans. The starting rotation didn’t play out as expected, the lineup fell victim to Murphy’s law, and the front office wasn’t able to land the deal they were looking for at the trade deadline.  However, there have been […]

After walkoff, could a Gold Glove be in Jacob Stallings’ future?

After watching his dad crack a walkoff home run on Tuesday night, Emmitt Stallings was most exciting by seeing fireworks shoot off around PNC Park, as the Pirates beat the Cubs, 3-2, to snap a five-game losing streak thanks to Jacob Stallings’ solo shot in the bottom of the ninth. Watching in the dugout, Stallings’ […]

Podcast: 2020 Home Stretch and Gold Glove Talk with Mark Simon

There were some good and bad happenings for the White Sox visiting Cincinnati this past weekend. Josh and Jim recap Tim Anderson’s big night, Dylan Cease struggled again, and the debut of Garrett Crochet.  The guest this week is Mark Simon from Sports Info Solutions. He stops by to discuss the White Sox defensive improvements […]

Why aren’t the Royals a good defensive team?

Back in the day, when the Kansas City Royals were good for a spell, the unofficial motto of the team was “Speed and Defense.” Across the diamond, they overflowed with athletes who were above average defenders at their position or true defensive stars. When the Royals fell hard from the good graces of winning baseball […]

Rick Hahn: José Abreu deserves Gold Glove hype along with 2020 AL MVP talk

Well, regardless of this writer’s attempt at some cultural relevancy, there’s momentum building for a Gold Glove campaign for the White Sox first baseman, at least in the team’s front office, where the general manager spent some time during his lengthy media session Friday touting the defensive prowess of the guy who might just be […]

The Best MLB Defender at Every Position in 2020 Season

The abbreviated 2020 Major League Baseball season will feature many statistical anomalies. That factored into our recent ranking of the best offensive performers, and it’ll hold true with this look at the top defenders at each position this year. We used FanGraphs’ defensive metrics as a guide but included the eye test and recent award […]

The Lions play more man coverage than anybody else. Why are they so bad at it?

Last season, the two teams that played the most man coverage were the Detroit Lions and the New England Patriots. Each team put man concepts on the field on 54% of their defensive snaps, per Sports Info Solutions. Not a surprise in that Lions head coach Matt Patricia used to be Bill Belichick’s defensive coordinator, […]

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