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ITP Glossary: Wham Block

A skill player executes a wham block when he runs behind the line of scrimmage to block an interior defender from the side. The interior rusher often initially believes he is unblocked and does not expect the wham. Surprise is key because the blocker is typically a tight end or H-back matched up against a…

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.…

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ITP Glossary: C Gap

Football is littered with specialized terminology. From punt gunner to climbing the pocket, commentators rarely get to explain everything you need to know before the next play. Inside The Pylon’s glossary was developed to give fans a deeper understanding of the game through clear explanations, as well as image and video examples. Please contact us with…

Gameplan: Patriots Play Action Passing Against Indianapolis

The highly-anticipated rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts kicks off Sunday night. Mark Schofield looks at the Patriots play action passing, and how it figures to be a big part in the gameplan.  Sunday night’s meeting between the Patriots and the Colts has been circled on everyone’s calendars…

Confidence: Super Bowl Gambling Preview

Confidence is an NFL gambling preview using advanced statistics, matchup analysis and other metrics to create predictions for readers to use at their discretion. Guess what topic won’t even be mentioned in this column? Here’s a hint: It’s something everyone and their mother is talking about. It’s controversial and provocative. And if you haven’t had…

2015 NFL Playoffs: Patriots vs Ravens Rushing Preview ‒ Part 2

After losing Stevan Ridley for the season, the Patriots turned to a varied run game, mixing and matching Shane Vereen, Jonas Gray, and LeGarrette Blount. Brian Filipiak explains in Part 2 of his Patriots vs Ravens Rushing Preview how the Patriot backs’ differing styles allow them to tailor their rushing plan to opposing defenses, with…

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…