Excellence in Return Blocking: Chiefs Josh Martin

For every great return, there are many great blocks. Eleven players working together in orchestrated chaos, punt return blockers are only recognized when they get penalized for blocking in the back. Not on Chuck Zodda‘s watch. Here is how one extraordinary individual effort earned Kansas City Chiefs Josh Martin the coveted title of Special Teams…

Anatomy of an Improvement: New England’s Red Zone Defense

NFL defenses are often gauged by their success or failure once an opposing offense reaches the goal line’s doorstep. Dave Archibald explores how the New England Patriots have reinvented their red zone defense. At the bye in Week 10, the New England Patriots rated as mediocre when defending inside their own 20-yard-line, ranking 19th in…

Keenan Allen Spends an Evening on Revis Island

New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis locked down San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen Sunday, holding him to just two catches for three yards. The Chargers tried different tactics to generate offense, but, as Dave Archibald demonstrates (again), they ultimately proved fruitless. In just his second season, wide receiver Keenan Allen has already established…

Reel Film Recap Week 14

Each week Inside The Pylon takes a look at some of the standout offensive plays from around the NFL in Reel Film Recap. In this edition Mark Schofield looks at Teddy Bridgewater beating the New York Jets blitz, how the Arizona Cardinals righted the ship, the Denver Broncos‘ revamped offensive line, and the key to…