FROM THE ARCHIVES: Patriot Michael Williams: A Tackle In Tight End’s Clothing

Pass protection, run blocking schemes, picking up the blitz and good decision making all contribute to offensive success. Brian Filipiak looks at an old-school blocking tight end, Patriot Michael Williams, being used in a modern passing attack. More and more teams in the NFL are turning to faster, highly athletic tight ends to augment their offense.…

NFL Week 2 Collection

This is the 2015 NFL Week 2 collection of all content from Inside the Pylon.  Please also visit our Glossary, Podcasts, and College Football pages. Click here for NFL Week 1. PODCAST Episode 1.2 Week 2 Previews, Reviews, and Long-Form Mark Schofield previews Rex Ryan versus Tom Brady XVI, looking at how the evil genius of…

NFL Preview Week 2: Will The Lions Run The Football All Over The Vikings?

The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings both come off Week 1 losses on the road, and meet in Minneapolis to kick off the NFC North schedules for both squads. Mark Schofield says that something will have to give when the Lions run the football against the Vikings this week. In their season-opening loss to the…

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ITP Glossary: 1 Technique Defensive Lineman

The language of football is often confusing: play calls, alignments, techniques, and concepts litter the commentary and writing about the game. Inside the Pylon wants everyone to understand and appreciate the game more deeply, so our glossary entries will give you a clear explanation and video examples. We hope you learn something and enjoy the games in a new way. 1 Technique Defensive Lineman 1…

When Football and Karate Combine: Antonio Brown and Billy Sims

Early in the 2014 season, Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers tried to evade a punter with a flying kick, evoking memories of another high flying superstar of the past, former Detroit Lions running back Billy Sims. Dave McCullough takes us through Antonio Brown and Billy Sims’ karate kicking ways. The Lions line up with…

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Wild Card Weekend NFL Power Picks

We all know regular season is just the beginning. The playoffs are here and so are the Wild Card NFL Power Picks! With a stellar 14-2 Week 17 picks, Jeff sprints first across the regular season finish line. With the Wild Card games this weekend, can he keep the momentum going? With each pick now…

2015 NFL Wild Card Special Teams Previews

Most of the focus leading up to the  NFL Wild Card Weekend games typically lands on the offense and defense, but special teams plays can often makes the difference in the NFL Playoffs – the New England Patriots with last-second field goals, the New Orleans Saints recovering a surprise onside kick, the Green Bay Packers returning a kickoff…

Reading the Wild Card Numbers

With the New England Patriots getting a first-round bye, Reading the Wild Card Numbers will examine the four wild card games on this weekend’s slate. Offense/defense previews and special teams previews for each game will also get you prepared for kickoff. Arizona Cardinals (11-5) at Carolina Panthers (7-8-1) The Arizona Cardinals rose to the top…