NFL Offensive Investment by Position Trends

In the first five installments of the investment in offense series, Dave Archibald looked at team spending at various offensive position groups – quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, and the offensive line. Having covered the offensive positions individually, he now looks for trends in NFL offensive investment as a whole. The chart below shows…

10 Scouting Rules: # 7 Be Open To Exceptions

Director of the Scouting Academy and ITP contributor Dan Hatman has written ten short pieces using Matt Miller’s tweet list as inspiration, hoping to illuminate readers on aspects of the scouting and player evaluation business that are misunderstood, glossed over, or ignored. This is Part 7, Be Open To Exceptions. Scouts are looking at the same players, on…

Scouting Pittsburgh vs. Seattle With Dan Hatman: Steelers Defense

Former NFL scout, current director of The Scouting Academy, and ITP contributor Dan Hatman went to the film, scouting Pittsburgh for the details that will make the difference when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Seattle Seahawks. * Big thanks to Alex Kozora from Steelers Depot for assisting with Steelers injury, scheme, and roster issues. The Steelers entered 2015 without Dick LeBeau as their Defensive Coordinator for the first time…

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…

NFL Week 6 Preview: Newton Must Be Patient Against Seattle’s Defense

When the Seattle Seahawks meet the Carolina Panthers in NFL Week 6, it will be a rematch of last season’s divisional round matchup, won by the Seahawks. Mark Schofield looks at how Panthers quarterback Cam Newton must be patient against Seattle’s defense. Seattle’s Best Safety: No, Not Him, The Other Guy While Kam Chancellor has grabbed headlines early this season…

NFL Big Gain Week 1: Stedman Bailey Beats Richard Sherman

The St. Louis Rams recorded an important divisional win over rival Seattle Seahawks in overtime, with a final score of 34-31. Mark Schofield looks at the play that got the Rams into field goal range: when Stedman Bailey beats Richard Sherman on the corner route. The two biggest offseason storylines for the Seattle Seahawks imposed themselves in…

2015 NFL Draft

NFL Film Preview: Week 1 Matchups To Watch

The NFL season kicks off in earnest on Sunday, with Week 1 matchups to watch all over the league. The Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly face off with the Atlanta Falcons and Dan Quinn, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles begins his sophomore campaign, the St. Louis Rams dominant defensive line squares off with the shaky…

Scouting the NFL: NFC West Players To Watch

With the regular season around the corner, Inside The Pylon reached out to former NFL scout and current Scouting Academy director Dan Hatman for a cheat sheet on who the pros are keeping an eye on – and who may be in danger of losing their job. Here, he identifies which NFC West players to watch in 2015. Arizona…

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…