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Case Keenum and the Season of Supporting Casts

Case Keenum and the Season of Supporting Casts

Peyton Manning was mostly a passenger on the Denver Broncos team that won the Super Bowl in 2015, a hindrance...

Jared Goff, Sean McVay and Touchdown-to-Interception Ratios

Jared Goff, Sean McVay and Touchdown-to-Interception Ratios

Quarterbacks are regularly defined by their biggest plays. Few quarterbacks with good touchdown-to-interception ratios are considered bad. No quarterbacks with...

Bill O’Brien’s Newfound Diversity and Deshaun Watson’s Initial Impression

Bill O’Brien’s Newfound Diversity and Deshaun Watson’s Initial Impression

Bill O’Brien has ridden the merry-go-round of misery at the quarterback position for a while now. Since becoming the Houston...

Pre-Order the 2018 Quarterback Catalogue

Pre-Order the 2018 Quarterback Catalogue

You can preorder the 2018 version of the Quarterback Catalogue at a discount. Last year’s quarterback catalogue was so successful...

The Demise of Ben Roethlisberger

The Demise of Ben Roethlisberger

Pressure and consistency are elements of quarterback evaluation that share similar challenges. Pressure, the physical form rather than the “clutch”...

Jared Goff’s Growth

Jared Goff’s Growth

It was a running play. Sammy Watkins lined up just inside the numbers. He was roughly six yards to the...

Tom Brady vs Bob Sutton: A Subtly Brilliant Competition

Tom Brady vs Bob Sutton: A Subtly Brilliant Competition

The Kansas City Chiefs undoubtedly took a step back this offseason. Jeremy Maclin, the team’s primary receiver, was released. Dontari...

Colin Kaepernick: Evaluating Every Snap from 2016

Colin Kaepernick: Evaluating Every Snap from 2016

*This is the Colin Kaepernick chapter from the Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue. It was originally published in April.* 2016 was...

NFL Quarterback Tiers, Evaluations Ahead of the 2017 Season

NFL Quarterback Tiers, Evaluations Ahead of the 2017 Season

Understanding how a quarterback fits in his offense is far more important than understanding where he ranks relative to the...

Carson Wentz: Blake Bortles?

Carson Wentz: Blake Bortles?

It was December 2015. Jeffrey Lurie was desperate. The Chip Kelly era was coming to a close. What had begun...

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...

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