Do. Your. Job. — The Ninkovich Sack No One Will Remember

The New England Patriots captured their fourth championship title in franchise history after a thrilling 28-24 comeback victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Long before “the Butler did it” with a game-sealing interception on the one-foot line, the Patriots defense held the Seahawks to a critical three-and-out, capped by the Ninkovich sack…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: Tackling Russell Wilson

The Seattle Seahawks pose a unique challenge for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Quarterback Russell Wilson’s combination of passing acumen and running ability forces coordinators to alter their scheme to account for his diverse skills. Reviewing this season’s film reveals some strategies the Patriots might use in trying to contain the distinctive…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: Diagnosing Steven Hauschka

It’s Super Bowl week, and all the focus is on the big game. Whether offense, defense, or special teams, Inside The Pylon has you covered. Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka has emerged as a question mark heading into the postseason after outstanding seasons in 2012 and 2013. Special teams expert Chuck Zodda breaks down the reasons…

Confidence: Super Bowl Gambling Preview

Confidence is an NFL gambling preview using advanced statistics, matchup analysis and other metrics to create predictions for readers to use at their discretion. Guess what topic won’t even be mentioned in this column? Here’s a hint: It’s something everyone and their mother is talking about. It’s controversial and provocative. And if you haven’t had…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: Rob Gronkowski versus The Legion of Boom

In part one, Mark Schofield went deep on the Seattle Seahawks secondary, examining their oft-used coverage schemes and the four key components of the Hawks’ defensive backfield. While those players are great talents, there are holes to be found against Seattle through the air. Two areas the New England Patriots could exploit in Super Bowl…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seahawks Passing Game Isn’t Great

Much attention has been given to the marquee matchups of Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. The versatile and innovative Patriots offense against the strength and smarts of the Seahawks secondary gets the most attention, followed by the Seattle running game against the New England defense. Dave Archibald has studied the pass defense of the…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seahawks Run Defense Is Fast & Furious

The Seattle Seahawks enter their Super Bowl XLIX matchup with the New England Patriots with the best statistical defense in the NFL. The Seahawks finished the regular season with the fewest points and total yards allowed for the second consecutive season. After reviewing the tape, the stats don’t lie —— the reigning champs may be…

The Jon Ryan Punting Experience – Return Creativity (Part 2)

The New England Patriots have shredded two of the best punt coverage units in the NFL in back-to-back weeks, making the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts look pedestrian. Now, as they take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, an array of dazzling returns and special teams superstars could be poised to make a difference.…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seattle Run Game, Part 2

As part of their zone-read option rushing attack, the Seattle Seahawks apply additional well-schemed concepts to keep defenses guessing. In Super Bowl XLIX, the New England Patriots will attempt to cope with creative wrinkles and a well-choreographed unit capable of controlling the time of possession and shortening the game. Brian Filipiak continues his look at…

The Jon Ryan Punting Experience – Consistency (Part 1)

Jon Ryan made a name for himself during the NFC Championship Game, proving that punters can be quarterbacks when called upon. Now, he faces a skilled New England Patriots squad that features a dynamic returner, exceptional blockers, and a varied scheme that has baffled two of the league’s best punters in New England’s most recent…