Doing the Wrong Thing: Offseason Quarterback Moves

Just as teams can win the offseason, they can certainly lose it through bad signings and salary cap mismanagement. In part two of this series, David McCullough looks at some potentially problematic offseason quarterback moves. As winter turns to spring, NFL clubs continue to revamp their rosters. However, the on-paper allure of some transactions often fails…

NFL Draft Profile: West Virginia WR Kevin White

In his second FBS season, West Virginia WR Kevin White exploded onto the national stage in 2014 with an impressive outing against defending national champion Alabama. He finished the campaign with 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 TDs. The senior gained over 100 yards in nine contests, including a standout Liberty Bowl performance against…

Super Bowl XLIX Recap: Jon Ryan vs Julian Edelman, Part 1

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots both feature talented special teams performers. In the wake of Super Bowl XLIX, Chuck Zodda revisits concepts from his special teams previews, and looks at the battle between punter and returner — Jon Ryan vs Julian Edelman — that ensued in Arizona. You may now resume regular breathing.…

Super Bowl XLIX Recap: The Dont’a Hightower Tackle

Malcolm Butler’s interception has been examined from every angle; as the play that sealed the victory in Super Bowl XLIX for the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks, it got the attention it deserved. However, Butler was in position to make that play because of an extraordinary effort by Dont’a Hightower on the penultimate…

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…