The New CBA and the Youthification of NFL Rosters

August 7, 2014 History

Some teams, like the Rams have done a good job of fielding a very young roster; others, like the Raiders, have made a conscious effort to head in the other direction. Overall, the Rams are more representative of the current trend. NFL teams have made a shift towards younger players in the last three years, although […]

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Vikings, Jaguars, differ on approaches to finding a quarterback

May 19, 2014 Draft

Interesting tidbit from Peter King this week about how the Vikings nearly acquired Johnny Manziel: As the picks went by, starting soon after the Rams chose at 13, Cleveland GM Ray Farmer worked the phones, trying to find a partner to move up from their second pick in the round (26th overall) to grab Manziel. […]

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Cap Space Versus Production For DEN/NE/SF/SEA

January 16, 2014 Strategy

It’s not much of a stretch to say that the Patriots, Broncos, 49ers, and Seahawks, and are four of the best organizations in the NFL. Over the last two years, these four teams are the only to win 23 games in the regular season or 26 games if you include the playoffs. In the salary […]

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2013 RSP Football Writers Project: My Picks in Rounds 12 through 17

May 11, 2013 Strategy

Previously on the 2013 RSP Football Writers Project… Introduction/My Picks in Rounds 1 and 2 My Pick in Round 3 My Picks in Rounds 4 and 5 My Picks in Rounds 6 through 11 You can also view every pick in this draft recap. Rounds 12/13 Already on team: QB Josh Freeman, WR Julio Jones, […]

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Are Big School Prospects Overrated in the NFL Draft?

April 24, 2013 Draft

We already know what the average draft pick is worth, thanks to the Football Perspective Draft Value Chart. If we assign the draft value associated with each pick to the college of that player, then we can determine which school had the most draft value in any given year. As it turns out, the best […]

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Which positions are the safest to draft in the first round?

April 23, 2013 Draft

Are some positions safer than others in the draft? Conventional wisdom tells us that quarterbacks are risky, while offensive linemen are safe. But is that true? Jason Lisk wrote a great article on bust rates three years ago at the old PFR Blog, and I’ve decided to update that article based on more recent data. […]

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2013 RSP Football Writers Project: My Picks in Rounds 6 through 11

April 11, 2013 Team Building

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated things on my team in the RSP Writers Project, so this post will explain what I was thinking on the six players I selected in rounds six through eleven. Explanation of the RSP Writers Project and my picks in Round 1 and 2 My Round 3 Pick My Picks […]

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Which positions are most consistent from year to year?

April 9, 2013 Strategy

Here’s the introduction to an old fantasy football article by my fellow Footballguys staffer Maurile Tremblay: In most fantasy football leagues, eligible players are divided into 6 different positions: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, placekicker, and special teams/defense. Imagine a league that includes a seventh position, team captain, which earns points each week […]

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2013 RSP Football Writers Project: My Rounds 4/5 Picks

March 15, 2013 Team Building

Explanation of the RSP Writers Project and my picks in Round 1 and 2 My Round 3 Pick After selecting Josh Freeman, Julio Jones and Brandon Marshall early in the draft, I needed to use my picks in rounds 4 and 5 to build the core of the rest of my team. The two most […]

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What veterans did the eventual Super Bowl Champs add in the prior offseason?

March 13, 2013 History

Happy New Year to the NFL, which opened for business at 4PM yesterday. It’s been a busy couple of days, as the Seahawks (Percy Harvin) and 49ers (Anquan Boldin) acquired veteran receivers a day before the floodgates opened. The Dolphins made the biggest waves yesterday by signing WR Mike Wallace and ILB Dannell Ellerbe from […]

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My thoughts on trading Darrelle Revis

March 8, 2013 Strategy

There are four things the Jets could do with Darrelle Revis. Option 1: Trade him before the draft to the team (not in the AFC East or in New York) willing to offer the most. Option 2: Trade him during the five-month period after the draft but before the trading deadline, under the assumption that […]

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2013 RSP Football Writers Project: My Round 3 Pick

March 7, 2013 Strategy

On Tuesday, I discussed the RSP Football Writers Project, a 32-team start-up draft of every player in the NFL.  I was assigned the 32nd pick, which does bring with it one advantage.  In order to balance the values assigned with the random draft order, the selection picks for the third round is “reversed”, a common […]

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2013 RSP Football Writers Project: My Picks in Rounds 1 and 2

March 5, 2013 Strategy

Matt Waldman and Sigmund Bloom are once again running the RSP Football Writers Project this off-season. Last year, a salary cap value was assigned to each player and we were asked to assemble our team within the confines of a salary cap. You can see my team here, but my basic philosophy was to invest […]

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Open thread: Will John Harbaugh’s success influence future head coach hires?

January 24, 2013 Coaches

When you think about the Ravens under John Harbaugh — or just about any time in their existence — you think of a defensive team. Under Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, and Haloti Ngata, Baltimore has fielded dominant defenses for much of the last decade. Marvin Lewis, Baltimore’s defensive coordinator from 1996 to 2001, […]

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Outlook for the 2013 Jets: Part II (The offense)

January 16, 2013 Coaches

Yesterday, I reviewed how the Jets defense performed in 2012 and previewed the team’s outlook for 2013. Today, the heavy lifting begins, by looking at the offense. If you didn’t feel bad for Tony Sparano before this post, I can guarantee you will by the end of it. Quarterback There is no point in ignoring […]

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Creating a NFL draft value chart, Part I

November 13, 2012 Draft

Nearly five years ago, I came out with my own draft value chart to replace the “Jimmy Johnson” draft chart commonly cited by draftniks. What I did then was assign the career approximate value grade to each slot for each player drafted over a 30-year period, smoothed the data, and came up with a chart […]

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What can we learn from Gary Kubiak’s career in Houston?

November 12, 2012 Coaches

Gary Kubiak doesn’t have a personality like a Ryan or a Harbaugh. He hasn’t been profiled to death like Andy Reid or Norv Turner. He doesn’t have the rings of Mike Tomlin or Bill Belichick. If not for the simple fact that he’s been in Houston forever, I’m not sure if most NFL fans could […]

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Investing heavily in a Left Tackle is a luxury bad teams can not afford

November 5, 2012 Draft

The game is won in the trenches, I know. As we hit the halfway mark of the season, some teams are already thinking about next year, and in particular, the 2013 draft. If I was in charge of a bad team, and specifically, a bad passing team, I would try to avoid spending a lot […]

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