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Regression Looms Large Over Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan

Regression Looms Large Over Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan

A fractured fibula threatened Alex Mack’s Super Bowl. It was late January. Mack was playing football at this time of...

The Minnesota Vikings: A Silent Super Bowl Contender

The Minnesota Vikings: A Silent Super Bowl Contender

Before the Atlanta Falcons made their unlikely advance to the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings were the most impressive team...

The Unusual, Atypical and Beautiful Seattle Seahawks

The Unusual, Atypical and Beautiful Seattle Seahawks

The NFL is a league built on conventional wisdom. Its thinking is conservative. Its practices are uniformed. It’s not a...

The Miami Dolphins Couldn’t Replace Ryan Tannehill

The Miami Dolphins Couldn’t Replace Ryan Tannehill

For as long as Ryan Tannehill has been in the NFL, he has played behind dysfunctional offensive lines. No quarterback has...

The 2017 NFL Season’s Intrigue Index

The 2017 NFL Season’s Intrigue Index

The quality of football has been bad over recent years. Rule changes that have neutered defenses combined with the NFL’s...

Quarterback Supporting Cast Power Rankings 2017

Quarterback Supporting Cast Power Rankings 2017

It’s the Supporting Cast Power Rankings! You know how this works. We take the quarterback out and view each offense...

Effective Completion Percentage

Effective Completion Percentage

Nobody would ever watch the NBA and argue that DeAndre Jordan was a more accurate shooter than Steph Curry. If...

Layering Strengths to Hide a Fatal Flaw – The 2017 New York Giants

Layering Strengths to Hide a Fatal Flaw – The 2017 New York Giants

Mike Tomlin had an offensive line problem in 2008. Ben Roethlisberger had been sacked 47 times in 15 games the...

Blake Bortles, Tom Coughlin and A Bold Strategy, Cotton

Blake Bortles, Tom Coughlin and A Bold Strategy, Cotton

Blake Bortles threw five interceptions on the first day of training camp. It’s training camp, it doesn’t actually mean anything....

Colin Kaepernick is Better than Joe Flacco

Colin Kaepernick is Better than Joe Flacco

11 quarterbacks have thrown at least 2,000 passes since the beginning of the 2013 season. Only one quarterback averaged fewer...

The NFL and Distractions

The NFL and Distractions

Not for the first time this year the Baltimore Ravens are front and center with Colin Kaepernick. Early in the...

How Dak Prescott Can Advance From Historic Rookie Season

How Dak Prescott Can Advance From Historic Rookie Season

Statistical regression is coming for Dak Prescott. It’s inevitable. Prescott’s rookie season was too far of an outlier for it...

The Direct and Indirect Benefits of DeSean Jackson

The Direct and Indirect Benefits of DeSean Jackson

Devin McCourty allows you to do a lot. McCourty isn’t Earl Thomas but he’s probably the closest thing the NFL...

The NFL’s Overlooked Superstar Quarterback

The NFL’s Overlooked Superstar Quarterback

Quinton Spain probably isn’t a name you know. Spain is a guard for the Tennessee Titans. He’s played a little...

Roster Construction, Derek Carr and Measuring the Value of a QB Contract

Roster Construction, Derek Carr and Measuring the Value of a QB Contract

During the 2013 season, Russell Wilson accounted for 0.6 percent of the Seahawks cap space. Three of the team’s key...

Quarterback Catalogue – Reader Reviews

Quarterback Catalogue – Reader Reviews

You can purchase the Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue 2017 here. This page features reviews from those who have already read...

Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning and the Challenges of Being an Old Quarterback

Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning and the Challenges of Being an Old Quarterback

Drew Brees didn’t get enough credit in 2016. Brees was a legitimate MVP candidate for most of the season. Had...

Cam Newton is as Inaccurate as Steph Curry

Cam Newton is as Inaccurate as Steph Curry

DeAndre Jordan shot 71.4 percent from the field last season. Steph Curry shot 46.8 percent from the field last season....

Colin Kaepernick and NFL Teams Who Aren’t Committed to Winning

Colin Kaepernick and NFL Teams Who Aren’t Committed to Winning

NFL.com writer Nolan Nawrocki began his scouting report with four words, “Married with a child.” An anonymous source told the Journal...

Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue Endorsements

Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue Endorsements

The Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue 2017 is now available. You can purchase your pdf copy for $19.99 by clicking the link...

Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue 2017 ($19.99)

Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue 2017 ($19.99)

The Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue 2017 is now available. You can purchase your pdf copy for $19.99 by clicking the link below. Payments...

Evaluating Quarterback Prospects, Mitchell Trubisky and DeShaun Watson

Evaluating Quarterback Prospects, Mitchell Trubisky and DeShaun Watson

Evaluating prospects for the NFL draft should be a humbling undertaking. You are trying to predict something that by its very...

Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue 2017: Russell Wilson Sample Chapter

Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue 2017: Russell Wilson Sample Chapter

This is a sample chapter from this year’s quarterback catalogue. You can pre-order your pdf copy of the book here.

DeShone Kizer and Diverging Traits

DeShone Kizer and Diverging Traits

The draft is a repetitive entity. Every draft process is engulfed in narratives that parallel previous years while teams repeat terms...

Patrick Mahomes and the Allure of Upside

Patrick Mahomes and the Allure of Upside

This is the time of year when you hear about what a player can be taught. You can’t teach speed, but...

Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue 2017 (Pre-Order)

Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue 2017 (Pre-Order)

On Sunday the 30th of April, the Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue 2017 will publish. That is immediately after the NFL draft....

The Overt Impact of Kyle Shanahan on the Atlanta Falcons Offense

The Overt Impact of Kyle Shanahan on the Atlanta Falcons Offense

Only one team remains available for Kyle Shanahan. The Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator was supposed to be a primary target...

What Tony Romo Specifically Offers Over Dak Prescott

What Tony Romo Specifically Offers Over Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott has been sensational. He has massively overachieved relative to his draft position and status entering training camp as the...

Kirk Cousins and Empty Drives

Kirk Cousins and Empty Drives

Kirk Cousins played well within his skill set on Thanksgiving. He stockpiled yardage to the tune of 449 on 53...

Dictating The Play – An Explanation With C.J. Prosise and Jay Gruden

Dictating The Play – An Explanation With C.J. Prosise and Jay Gruden

C.J. Prosise announced himself on Sunday Night Football. Without him, the Seattle Seahawks likely wouldn’t have beaten the New England...

Aaron Rodgers and Growing Weary With Greatness

Aaron Rodgers and Growing Weary With Greatness

Aaron Rodgers had more failed receptions last year than any other quarterback. Rodgers had 64, one more than Cam Newton...

Matthew Stafford’s MVP Season That Never Was

Matthew Stafford’s MVP Season That Never Was

Just a week ago, Matthew Stafford’s name was being bandied about during MVP conversations. The Detroit Lions starting quarterback had...

Andy Dalton, A New Philosophy and Making a Bad Situation Worse

Andy Dalton, A New Philosophy and Making a Bad Situation Worse

Andy Dalton’s injury last year came at the worst possible time. That’s not hyperbole. It’s not a phrase being used...

Adam Gase, Ryan Tannehill and Realistic Expectations

Adam Gase, Ryan Tannehill and Realistic Expectations

Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times through the first three games of this season. Five of those sacks came in...

Sam Bradford, Norv Turner and Embracing Options

Sam Bradford, Norv Turner and Embracing Options

Nobody ran more often on first down than the Minnesota Vikings in 2015. According to the Football Outsiders Almanac 2016,...

Dak Prescott Deserves More Respect After Week 3 Performance

Dak Prescott Deserves More Respect After Week 3 Performance

Dak Prescott was an after-thought in the NFL draft. “He’s not worth watching” and “He’s Tebow” were two of the...

Kirk Cousins, Derek Carr, Brock Osweiler and the Gaps in Evaluating Efficiency

Kirk Cousins, Derek Carr, Brock Osweiler and the Gaps in Evaluating Efficiency

Only one quarterback since 1960 has thrown 45 or more passes in a game for 300 or fewer yards with a...

An Early Look at Mike Mularkey’s Offense With Marcus Mariota

An Early Look at Mike Mularkey’s Offense With Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota showed during his rookie season that he was a quarterback and not a gimmick. He quickly separated himself...

40 Pointless Predictions for the 2016 NFL Season

40 Pointless Predictions for the 2016 NFL Season

This year more than any year previous I found myself looking at team records and thinking they didn’t reflect how...

What Sam Bradford Brings to the Minnesota Vikings

What Sam Bradford Brings to the Minnesota Vikings

Sam Bradford is a hard sell. The newly-acquired Minnesota Vikings quarterback will play for his third team in 2016, starting...

Breaking Down Will Fuller and P.J. Williams Preseason Matchup

Breaking Down Will Fuller and P.J. Williams Preseason Matchup

Will Fuller and P.J. Williams are two young players in the NFL. Fuller is a 22-year old rookie who was...

Intimidating Defensive Backs and the Emerging Marcus Peters

Intimidating Defensive Backs and the Emerging Marcus Peters

Davante Adams raised his hand above his head as he ran clear down the right sideline. Adams was in position...

Garrett Grayson Upstages Jimmy Garoppolo in Preseason Debut

Garrett Grayson Upstages Jimmy Garoppolo in Preseason Debut

Jimmy Garoppolo failed to flourish on Thursday night. Garoppolo started the New England Patriots’ first preseason game and played the...

Breaking Down the Layered Redzone Threat of Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett

Breaking Down the Layered Redzone Threat of Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski are tearing up the Patriots defense during the first week of training camp. Okay, okay....

Jadeveon Clowney is Following Same Path as Khalil Mack

Jadeveon Clowney is Following Same Path as Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack had a predictable season in 2015. The Oakland Raiders edge defender “broke out” with 15 sacks and two...

Stefon Diggs, Stems and Separation

Stefon Diggs, Stems and Separation

The Minnesota Vikings passing game was congested in 2015. A schematic deference to Adrian Peterson combined with an inept offensive...

Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Statistics and Pocket Passers

Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Statistics and Pocket Passers

I recently wrote an article for Sports on Earth that ranked the best supporting casts in the NFL. The premise was...

What Does Jimmy Garoppolo Offer the New England Patriots?

What Does Jimmy Garoppolo Offer the New England Patriots?

Jimmy Garoppolo is a 24-year old, former second-round draft pick who has thrown 31 passes in his NFL career to...

How Much of an Impact Will Kelvin Benjamin Really Have on the Carolina Panthers Offense?

How Much of an Impact Will Kelvin Benjamin Really Have on the Carolina Panthers Offense?

Cam Newton was the overwhelming winner of the MVP in 2015. It was a deserved accolade for a quarterback who...

Patrick Peterson: PSR Cornerback Analysis

Patrick Peterson: PSR Cornerback Analysis

Nobody would ever compare Julio Jones’ 2015 season to Randy Moss’ 2007 season. Jones had an incredible season last year,...

Hiding Behind the Money, the Frauds of the Sam Bradford Holdout

Hiding Behind the Money, the Frauds of the Sam Bradford Holdout

Sam Bradford’s short-lived holdout came to an end this week. Like the majority of holdouts these days, Bradford’s failed before...

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants Find Perfect Fit With Each Other

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants Find Perfect Fit With Each Other

In selecting Will Fuller in the first round of the draft, the Houston Texans forced a pick on a receiver because of...

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