1. Quarterbacks Have the Big Names, But Protectionism is Really Bad for the Game

    To really understand the NFL, one must know that it is a quarterback-driven league. Quarterbacks are the central focus of the offense; they control where the ball goes. Quarterbacks dominate the league's marketing...

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  2. In Praise of Bill: Why Belichick Is the NFL's Best Coach

    In 333 BC, a young king came to the ancient city of Gordium and was presented with an ancient puzzle: the Gordian Knot. It had been prophesied that the man who untied the knot would become king of Asia...

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  3. Why The Patriots QB Situation Is Scary

    It's become hard to fathom exactly what Bill Belichick is thinking regarding Patriots quarterbacks. The Patriots have recently cut two quarterbacks, Kevin O'Connell and ex-Raider Andrew Walter, ...

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  4. The NFL Needs a New Feeder System

    College football serves many purposes. It gives pride to students and alumni. It provides athletes a chance at an education. Colleges make a lot of money from it. It gives us another day of football...

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  5. The NFL Halftime Show (a Play in One Act)

    A TV set. TELEVISION PERSONALITY, EX-COACH, LOUD GUY, UNINTELLIGIBLE GUY, and FORMER PLAYER are sitting at a desk. They are FAKE LAUGHING at something. TELEVISION PERSONALITY: Welcome back to the NFL Halftime show...

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  6. Bill Belichick and The Obsolescence of Sports-Media Access

    With the massive problems facing traditional media, the entire journalism industry has been engaging in a good bit of self-reflection...

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  7. After Further Review: Analyzing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's First Two Years

    We're fast coming up on the second anniversary of Roger Goodell's succession to the NFL commissioner's job, so it seems as good a time as any to review his tenure. Unfortunately, I'd rate Goodell's performance thus far as poor, for the following reasons..

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  8. Four Storylines for the 2009 Patriots Season

    Despite the season-ending injury to Tom Brady in the first game of the season, the Pats had a surprisingly successful 2008 campaign. Very few teams could survive the loss of their franchise, never mind post an 11-5 record...

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  9. Must-Flee TV: Five Ways To Improve Annoying NFL Television Coverage

    I often watch NFL games in spite of, not because of, the media coverage surrounding them. Let's face it: In today's sports television scene, there are numerous trends that hamper coverage of the games...

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  10. The Lifecycle of a Scheme: How The Innovative Becomes Mundane

    A short time ago, I wrote an article examining how the Wildcat was used successfully against more-talented teams (taking a hint from a Malcolm Gladwell piece)...

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  11. New England Patriots: Darius Butler Signs, What About the Rest of the Picks?

    The Pats made news today by signing second-round pick Darius Butler (cornerback) to a four-year deal worth about $3.9 million. What's more newsworthy is the fact that they've only signed two of their 12 total draft picks...

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  12. The CBA and the Patriots: What We Don't Know Could Hurt Us

    One story that has been monstrously under-reported is the end of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement after the 2010 season...

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  13. The Pats and Personnel: Why Vince Wilfork Could Be a Problem

    In the age of the 3-4 defense, good nose tackles are extremely hard to come by. The big men play an integral role in stopping the run and tying up blockers, sacrificing individual accomplishment for overall team success...

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  14. Teams Should Be More Unconventional: Vick, The Wildcat, and David and Goliath

    The most interesting thing about the Wildcat offense was not that it broke with conventional football wisdom, but that teams don't break conventional wisdom that often...

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  15. Ten Questions for New Patriots Cornerback Shawn Springs

    1. The Patriots defensive backfield has been a revolving door for some time. How will you add stability to the cornerback position? 2. You recently turned 34. How long do you think you'll continue playing? 3...

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  16. Game-Planning the New England Patriots: What Will We See in '09?

    It's always difficult to say what the Patriots will do in any given game. This team is organized, built and trained to be incredibly versatile. Players must be able to fill multiple roles for the team, or they don't remain Patriots for very long...

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  17. Championship Dreams: Why the Pats are Super Bowl Favorites

    Too often, the burden of early-season expectations crushes a team. Heralded free agents sometimes fail to pan out, and players can regress after career years...

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  18. The Pats' Coaching Staff Provides Key Advantage

    It is nearly impossible to evaluate single members of the Patriots' coaching staff, because the organization itself is monolithic—despite being divided into units, the team moves as one to a singular, well defined goal...

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  19. AFC East—The Least or Beast of Competition?

    The AFC East, after years of Patriot domination, improved across the board in 2008, featuring three teams with winning records (Pats, Phins and Jets). As we consider the Pats' chances this year, it is necessary to assess the competition...

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