Death by a 1,000 Formations: University of Washington’s Offense

Be they simple or complex, offensive formations are critical to beating defenses, and, as Ted Nguyen explains, something which University of Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen knows how to do in seemingly endless ways. University of Washington head coach Chris Petersen earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from my alma mater UC Davis, where he played quarterback and later…

Connor Cook: Comfort Food

Comfort food and football go together like apple pie and America. Mark Schofield takes this comparison to one of the quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft class: Connor Cook. Although not a standout with any one trait, Cook is solid across the board, not unlike your standby dish at your favorite restaurant.  We all have them,…

Vernon Adams On Two: Play Within Structure

Like any good researcher, Mark Schofield despises a small sample size. Unfortunately, prospect evaluation is almost always too early, or without all the information necessary. Thus, we have our series: On Two, in which Inside The Pylon examines two plays from a quarterback that address traits that scouts are talking about. In recent weeks many draft evaluators have turned their sights on Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams as one of…

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Scouting Derrick Henry and Paul Perkins: A Trait-Based Approach to Two RBs

Draft season kicked off back in August, but with the bowls complete and the early entrants declared, it is just halftime of the scouting process. Here, Chris Dougherty delivers Derrick Henry and Paul Perkins on two: a trait-based comparison of two highly touted running backs. There are many methods to evaluate players for the upcoming NFL Draft.…

Cody Kessler On Two: Downfield Vision

Like any good researcher, Mark Schofield despises a small sample size. Unfortunately, prospect evaluation is almost always too early, or without all the information necessary. Thus, we have the latest installment in our series: Cody Kessler On Two, in which Inside The Pylon examines two plays from a quarterback that address traits that scouts are talking about. Following three years as the starting quarterback for the University of Southern…

Senior Bowl Coaching Pointers: Kevin Hogan Play Speed and Decision Making

Eight quarterbacks will suit up to participate in this year’s Senior Bowl, all hoping to improve their standing in the eyes of NFL talent evaluators. Mark Schofield will be in attendance, and has broken down their film and found where each player needs to improve, starting with Kevin Hogan play speed and decision-making. Hogan is…