This Week in Football Writing – April 11, 2015

Inside The Pylon works tirelessly to deliver quality football articles to our readers. But writers around the internet produce high-level football writing every day, some of which you may have missed.

This Week in Football Writing pulls together some of our favorite pieces and shares them with you to ensure our loyal readers have access to the great work being produced about the sport we love.

Take Away his X Best Carries and He’s Average – Chase Stuart

The Football Perspective author looks at how many of a running backs’ best carries need to be taken away before he is considered league average. Stuart’s interesting study highlights the fickleness of yards per carry (YPC).

Take Away his X Worst Carries and He’s Average – Chase Stuart

This time Stuart looks at the results from the other end.

Ex-Homeless Baylor Football Player Finding Himself After Losing NCAA Ineligibility – Adam Kramer

Bleacher Report‘s National College Football Lead Writer, Adam Kramer, chronicles Baylor running back Silas Nacita who was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA because he accepted housing benefits from family acquaintances while homeless.

Inside Police Failure to Stop Darren Sharper’s Rape Spree – T. Christian Miller & Ryan Gabrielson (Pro Publica) and Ramon Antonio Vargas & John Simerman (The New Orleans Advocate)

Published at, this investigative piece highlights how a lack institutional controls prevented local police and prosecutors from sharing claims of sexual assault and rape against Darren Sharper. The authors document how Sharper was allowed for years to prey on young women, culminating in his arrest after sexually assaulting four women in a span of 24 hours.

T-Minus 21 Days – The Art of Picking Late – Robert Klemko

The SI Monday Morning Quarterback writer speaks with Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and Ravens Assistant GM Eric DeCosta about how to pick winners at the back of the first round of the NFL Draft.

Pre-Snap Defensive Clues – Formation – Matt Chatham

In the final installment of a three part series on how defensive players can use on-field clues to properly assess the upcoming offensive play, the former New England Patriot and New York Jets linebacker uses plays from Super Bowl XLIX to highlight how the offensive formation is a key clue to what types of plays the offensive will run.

Jameis Winston: ‘The Most Investigated Player in NFL History’ – Mike Freeman

Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report‘s NFL National Lead Writer, reports on how NFL teams have spent near endless resources following and tracking every movement of the former Florida State, and presumptive top pick, Jameis Winston, prompting one team executive to dub Winston “the most investigated player in NFL history.”

Learning Roster Construction from the NBA’s Warriors – Alen Dumonjić

Alen Dumonjić smartly uses a study on the Golden State Warriors roster construction from ESPN NBA writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss, and applies the eleven roster construction principles outlined by Strauss to NFL teams.

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