AFC Championship Preview: New England at Denver

In a rematch from Week 12, the Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots in what is being billed as Brady-Manning XVII – possibly the final competition between two all-time great quarterbacks. Aidan Curran has an AFC Championship preview. Peyton Manning, having reclaimed the starting quarterback position from Brock Osweiler, managed the Broncos’ to victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in…

This Week In Football Writing: January 18, 2016

Inside The Pylon works to deliver quality football content to our readers. This Week in Football Writing collects some of our favorite pieces from friends and colleagues last week and shares them with you. Quick Thoughts on Catching the Football Matt Waldman illuminates the process, importance, and evaluation of how a prospect catches the ball is more complex that “did he?” Look…

ITP Chat: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings

When the ITP staff isn’t writing about football, chances are they are watching football. On Sunday afternoon, they watched and chatted about the Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings Wild Card matchup, and we have the results. Deep freeze shatters #Vikings #Gjallarhorn. Kickoff forecast: -3. #SEAvsMIN https://t.co/woGDfPZwV8 pic.twitter.com/XrLHiwNHSA — KARE 11 (@kare11) January 10, 2016 David…

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ITP Glossary: Pivot Route

Football is littered with specialized terminology. From spot concept to down block, 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 any terms or phrases…

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…

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.…