Cornerback Investment: They Pay These Guys How Much?!

How do NFL teams allocate resources? Dave Archibald has looked at the real price of contract extensions and draft picks on quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, offensive linemen, and the trends on offense in general. In this installment, he looks at how teams evaluate cornerback investment. The New York Jets finished a disappointing 4-12 in 2014, and while a sputtering offense…

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Super Bowl XLIX: Malcolm Butler in the Middle

All season long the Patriots mantra has been Do. Your. Job. Nothing personified this more than Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl-securing interception of Russell Wilson in the end zone. Dave Archibald explains how Butler recognized the play early, and used his experience from film and practice to cement the legacy of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and…

This Week in Football Writing: August 31, 2015

Inside The Pylon works tirelessly to deliver quality football articles to our readers. In case you missed it, our friends and colleagues produce high-level football writing every day. This Week in Football Writing pulls together some of our favorite pieces from the last week and shares them with you. RSP Film Room No. 52: QB Carson Wentz…

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…