NFL Special Teams Investment

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, cornerbacks and the trends on offense in general. In this installment, he looks at how teams evaluate special teams investment. Special teams is often an afterthought for NFL analysts, who tend to focus on…

Paying NFL Kickers

Recent playoff history for the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots have shown the importance of kickers in an increasingly-competitive league. The advent of the 33-yard extra point has altered the landscape by providing another data point for kickers to differentiate themselves from one-another, creating a greater difference in value between kickers at the top…