Rookie Wide Receivers at the Quarter Pole

[Editor’s Note: This article was published before the start of the Sunday Week 5 games.] If you needed further evidence that the National Football League is a “passing league,” examine what positions dominated the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. On April 8, 2014, five offensive tackles, five defensive backs, four outside linebackers and…

Throwing Against Cover 2

In September of last year, Andy Benoit with MMQB.com wrote a piece that declared “The Cover 2 is dying.” Well worth the read, Benoit outlined how the rise of 3-WR formations (and 11 personnel) coupled with more sophisticated quarterback play has exposed the flaws in this coverage scheme. Benoit illustrated how teams have shifted to…

Kickoff Coverage 101 – Stay In Your ****ing Lanes: The Miami Dolphins Story

Some of the most important, game-changing plays in the NFL and college football take place on special teams. Kick returns, punt returns, blocked kicks, the audacious fake punt return – these plays are often the difference between winning and losing. Previously we detailed the abomination that was the Patriots’ punt attempt after their first series…