NFL Preview Week 3: The Ravens Tight Ends Poised For A Big Day

The Baltimore Ravens tight ends, second-year man Crockett Gillmore and rookie Maxx Williams, may have a big day against the Cincinnati Bengals defense. Mark Schofield reviewed the tape, looking at the matchups between the Bengals pass defense and the Ravens tight ends. Baltimore is looking to get their season back on track after an 0-2 start. Last…

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ITP The Podcast Volume 1.1

The first-ever ITP The Podcast Volume 1.1 features hosts Chuck Zodda and Mark Schofield discussing Week 1 action from the NFL. This week, guests include The Scouting Academy’s Dan Hatman and Inside the Pylon’s defensive back guru, Dave Archibald. Segments include: Can the Indianapolis Colts bounce back from their Week 1 loss to Buffalo? (2:40) Former…

Scouting the NFL: AFC North Players To Watch

With the regular season around the corner, Inside The Pylon reached out to former NFL scout and current Scouting Academy director Dan Hatman for a cheat sheet on who the pros are keeping an eye on – and who may be in danger of losing their job. Here, he identifies which AFC North players to watch in 2015. Pittsburgh…

Patriots Offensive Plays of the Year — #1: The Pass

Mark Schofield finishes his countdown of the five most important New England Patriots offensive plays of the year, with Julian Edelman‘s touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round. Click here for Play #2: Gronk’s Rumble, Play #3: Amendola’s Scramble, Play #4: Edelman’s Dash and Play #5: Wright’s Catch. Top 5 Patriots’ Offensive…

Gary Kubiak and the Art of Misdirection

Sometimes bad performance in one job can lead to an undeserved reputation. Of course, that didn’t stop the Denver Broncos from bringing Gary Kubiak aboard Sunday as their new head coach. Dave Archibald discusses how Kubiak can still draw up impressive game plans using deception and play action, with the Divisional Round game versus the…

Reporting As Ineligible: An Appreciation

Cries of foul play follow the New England Patriots, and legendary coach Bill Belichick, as night follows day. The latest incident found Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh claiming the Patriots use of an unbalanced line and ineligible receivers was somehow “deceptive.” The NFL has deemed the plays “legal” and another media-driven controversy is underway. The…

Patriots Defense Stretched Thin

Heading into the Divisional Round game against the Baltimore Ravens, the New England Patriots defense knew exactly what to expect. They just had a very difficult time stopping it. The Patriots defensive front failed to handle the stretch run concepts that helped Ravens running back Justin Forsett reach over 1,200 regular-season rushing yards rushing in…

2015 NFL Divisional Round Special Teams Previews

The NFL Playoffs Divisional Round: Special Teams Previews The first round of the 2015 NFL Playoffs saw special teams have a huge impact on a number of games. Whether the lackluster punting of the Arizona Cardinals Drew Butler or booming kickoffs by the Indianapolis Colts Pat McAfee, special teams play helped set the stage for…

2015 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Previews

The NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Begins Wild Card Weekend is over, and all eyes now turn to the 2015 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round. The venues for this week are classic playoff atmospheres – the frozen tundra of Lambeau, the jet-engine noise of CenturyLink, the snow of Gillette, and the thin air of (Insert This Week’s…

2015 NFL Playoffs: Patriots vs Ravens Rushing Preview ‒ Part 2

After losing Stevan Ridley for the season, the Patriots turned to a varied run game, mixing and matching Shane Vereen, Jonas Gray, and LeGarrette Blount. Brian Filipiak explains in Part 2 of his Patriots vs Ravens Rushing Preview how the Patriot backs’ differing styles allow them to tailor their rushing plan to opposing defenses, with…