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Five reasons we should have believed in the Saints

Even after their decisive 31-17 Super Bowl win over the Indianapolis Colts, the New Orleans Saints can't get much respect, but they should...

By Doug Farrar | February 15, 2010; 10:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

QB Protection Nothing New

The "Brady Rule" has put the focus on a roughing-the-passer "overemphasis", but 2009 isn't the NFL's first go-round with the concept.

By Doug Farrar | October 20, 2009; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (2)

Quarterback Accuracy: Beyond the Ratings

The QB Rating metric was a handy-dandy shortcut (to what, we're not sure), but it's time to put away the abacus and opt for the exploded view of the game.

By Doug Farrar | September 16, 2009; 07:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Covering the Spread, Part Two

Which offenses are most effective in the shotgun formation, and which defenses are best at stopping it?

By Doug Farrar | September 5, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steve McNair: A Statistical Retrospective

Beyond the intangibles that made him such a memorable person and player from a statistical perspective Steve McNair was just about as good as you could get in the early part of this decade.

By Doug Farrar | July 6, 2009; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (3)

Harrell's Folly: The Spread Offense in the NFL

From Andre Ware to Alex Smith, the NCAA has been throwing system quarterbacks in pass-heavy, shotgun schemes to the NFL for decades, and the NFL has been chewing them up and spitting them back out the whole time. While the college ranks can support formations in which five-receiver sets and minimal blocking allow protection problems to be overwhelmed by aerial advantages, the NFL is a faster, far more complicated, and far more physical game. When those same quarterbacks try the pros for size, they find that their inability to emply proper mechanics leave them ill-equipped for their new surroundings.

By Doug Farrar | February 24, 2009; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

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