Scouting Pittsburgh vs. Seattle With Dan Hatman: Steelers Defense

Former NFL scout, current director of The Scouting Academy, and ITP contributor Dan Hatman went to the film, scouting Pittsburgh for the details that will make the difference when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Seattle Seahawks. * Big thanks to Alex Kozora from Steelers Depot for assisting with Steelers injury, scheme, and roster issues. The Steelers entered 2015 without Dick LeBeau as their Defensive Coordinator for the first time…

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Art, Science and Magic of Quarterbacking: Torque

Mark Schofield spent a short lifetime playing quarterback. Now he is in the midst of a second lifetime watching, evaluating, and writing about the position. In this summer series covering techniques for playing QB he takes us through some of the books he used to learn to play the position, using film to illustrate these important concepts. Many small elements comprise…

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Patriot Michael Williams: A Tackle In Tight End’s Clothing

Pass protection, run blocking schemes, picking up the blitz and good decision making all contribute to offensive success. Brian Filipiak looks at an old-school blocking tight end, Patriot Michael Williams, being used in a modern passing attack. More and more teams in the NFL are turning to faster, highly athletic tight ends to augment their offense.…

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Super Bowl XLIX: Malcolm Butler in the Middle

All season long the Patriots mantra has been Do. Your. Job. Nothing personified this more than Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl-securing interception of Russell Wilson in the end zone. Dave Archibald explains how Butler recognized the play early, and used his experience from film and practice to cement the legacy of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and…

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Hue Jackson & The Bengals Opening Drive Prowess

Analysts and commentators will often include “start fast” in their keys to the game. While every team would like to score on their first possession of the game, only the Cincinnati Bengals have done it in 2015. Dave Archibald examines the Bengals opening drive prowess, and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson’s innovative schemes.  Things can be hectic in the…