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.…

Tight End 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, and offensive linemen. In this installment, he looks at how teams evaluate tight end investment. NFL teams employ tight ends on nearly every offensive play, but their role in the offense varies wildly from…

New England’s Four Tight End Package: Getting One On One Matchups

NFL offensive coordinators are always looking for a play, or personnel package, that gives them an edge on the opponent. In the season opener, the New England Patriots unveiled a four tight end package against the Pittsburgh Steelers, to great success. Dave Archibald breaks down the plays and shows how getting one on one matchups…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seahawks Run Defense Is Fast & Furious

The Seattle Seahawks enter their Super Bowl XLIX matchup with the New England Patriots with the best statistical defense in the NFL. The Seahawks finished the regular season with the fewest points and total yards allowed for the second consecutive season. After reviewing the tape, the stats don’t lie —— the reigning champs may be…

Patriots Offensive Plays of the Year — #4: Edelman’s West Coast Romp

Mark Schofield continues his countdown of the five most important New England Patriots offensive plays of the year, with Julian Edelman‘s catch and run against the San Diego Chargers. Click here for Play #1: The Pass, Play #2: Gronk’s Rumble, Play #3: Amendola’s Scramble, and Play #5: Wright’s Catch. Top 5 Patriots’ Offensive Plays of…

Reporting As Ineligible: An Appreciation

Cries of foul play follow the New England Patriots, and legendary coach Bill Belichick, as night follows day. The latest incident found Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh claiming the Patriots use of an unbalanced line and ineligible receivers was somehow “deceptive.” The NFL has deemed the plays “legal” and another media-driven controversy is underway. The…