NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Why Bill Belichick should be the favorite to win Coach of the Year

The Eagles defense hasn’t been what it was projected to be this season. Philadelphia has been able to stop the run but has struggled against the pass, ranking 20th in DVOA. The finger has been pointed at defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and his insistence on loading the box to stop the run, which leaves his […]

Receive Or Defer: Does Either Provide An Advantage?

At the start of every game, coaches have to make a decision that can dictate strategy throughout the contest. However, this specific decision is hardly noticed and rarely scrutinized by anyone. The decision to defer or receive the opening kickoff might not seem like a major decision, but it can have some interesting ramifications. Most […]

Injury proneness of running QBs like Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson is overstated

Russell Wilson is in his ninth year as a quarterback in the NFL. During that period, his team, the Seahawks, have played 118 regular-season games, and 13 more in the playoffs. Wilson has been the starting QB in 131 of those games. This is true even though Wilson has run the ball 744 times in his career, for an average […]

Throwing Metrics Around: Comparing Quarterback Value Statistics

Everybody loves talking about quarterbacks. They play the most important and visible position in American professional sports, after all. As a result, there have been a lot of different metrics created to evaluate them. We started with Wins and have come all the way to metrics using tracking data (e.g. Next Gen Stats’ Completion Percentage […]

What Factors Are Responsible For Deep Passing Success?

A lot has been made lately of the usage and success of deep passes in the NFL. Much to the delight of fans, offenses have steadily become more aggressive and more efficient passing the ball. Watching talented quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson break the pocket and launch a pass deep down the […]

The Air Raid Has Already Made It To The NFL, And It’s Working

NFL minds have long been resistant to the idea of Air Raid quarterbacks in the NFL. Some were concerned the reads they made in college were too simple and they wouldn’t be able to adjust to the complexities of an NFL offense. Or they never had to throw into tight windows in college, and would […]

The Vikings are asking Kirk Cousins to be something he’s not: A QB worth $84 million

After firing previous offensive coordinator John DeFilippo during the 2018 season for not running the ball enough, Zimmer picked long-time Vikings assistant Kevin Stefanski as his interim play-caller and ordered him to run the ball more. Stefanski obliged and ended up getting the job full-time in the offseason. But Stefanski would not be running this […]

Back to the Drawing Board: How Effective Are RB & QB Draws?

By Mark Simon, Sports Info SolutionsArticle co-authored by Nate Weller Early in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s loss to the Rams, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens called a draw play for Nick Chubb on 4th-and-9 from the Rams 40. Not surprisingly, it didn’t work. The play gained only two yards and was widely ridiculed […]

The Browns offense has a Baker Mayfield problem. Here’s how Freddie Kitchens can fix it.

The Browns’ first drive of the 2019 season was everything fans in Cleveland expected it to be. Despite some minor setbacks, Baker Mayfield led the offense right down the field, executing a beautifully crafted opening script of plays. Mayfield hit Rashard Higgns after a quick three-step drop to get Cleveland going. The next play was […]

What To Make Of Surprising Starts From Packers, Bills, & Steelers

By Nate Weller, Sports Info Solutions A stat that has been floating around quite a bit is that teams who start the season 0-2 only make the playoffs about 10% of the time. While true, this doesn’t tell the entire story. The sample is made up largely of teams similar to the Dolphins this season […]

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