Anatomy of an Adjustment: A Defensive Back by Any Other Name…

NFL coaches and commentators routinely talk of “making adjustments.” But what does that really mean? This series of plays from the Patriots’ 30-7 victory over the Vikings illustrates how the Patriots defensive coaching staff makes in-game adjustments. Minnesota took a 7-0 lead  early in the first quarter with an 8-play, 80-yard drive. The final two…

Kickoff Coverage 101 – Stay In Your ****ing Lanes: The Miami Dolphins Story

Some of the most important, game-changing plays in the NFL and college football take place on special teams. Kick returns, punt returns, blocked kicks, the audacious fake punt return – these plays are often the difference between winning and losing. Previously we detailed the abomination that was the Patriots’ punt attempt after their first series…