This Week in Football Writing: November 30, 2015

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.

I Wore the Shoes and I’ll Pay the Fine…

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay guest writes on MMQB, explaining why he wore purple cleats and how the NFL should work with players showing support for causes by suggesting an amnesty week, where players can violate the uniform code, punishment free, by showing support for a cause.

After an Offseason of Chemo, Eric Berry is Finding His Form

ESPN’s Jim Trotter chronicles the incredible journey Eric Berry undertaken in recovering from cancer, to a grueling offseason, to returning to the field.

Cowboys Finally Come Down Hard on…Wait, Players For Not Wearing Suits?

Justin Block of HuffPost Sports reports on the ridiculousness of CB Corey White and RB Christine Michael getting cut for not wearing suits, but Greg Hardy remains rostered and tolerated by the Cowboys’ management.

Aging Curve for NFL Offensive Players: Every Single Position

Devin Jordan from provides aging curves for each NFL position, utilizing a sound methodology that reduces survivorship bias and era.

Emergency Quarterbacks For All 32 Teams 

ESPN NFL team writer contributed to this fun look at each team’s emergency quarterbacks in case of a Doomsday Scenario for each team.

Luke Easterling’s 2016 Mock Draft 2.0

Found on, Luke Easterling‘s mock draft is one of the best published this year.

NFL Network’s “Ask: Jerry Jones” Q&A Goes Exactly How You Think It Would

Dan Carson from Bleacher Report put together a healthy list of replies to NFL’s ridiculous “Ask Jerry Jones” Twitter Q&A that went, as the title says, exactly how you think it would.

Week 11 Patriots vs Bills: Poor Communication Leads to Offensive Line Struggles Against Buffalo

Rich Hill from Pats Pulpit puts together a nice piece, complete with video evidence, of how communication issues between Tom Brady and the Patriots offensive line contributed to their struggles against Buffalo’s high volume blitz game plan.

Gronkowski: Discipline Needed at the Thanksgiving Table

Even when it comes to binge eating holidays, Rob Gronkowski still shows discipline to not eat too much and show up sluggish for the weekend, as reported by Phil Perry.

Tim Green’s New Career Goes By the Book

MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas interviews former 1st round draft pick and defense end Tim Green, who ended his career as a player to become an author of children’s books. The interview touches on dealing with a post-playing career, especially considering the injuries and concussions that came with playing the brutal sport.

Inside the Pylon’s Football Fan Holiday Shopping Guide

Alex Kirby‘s Xs & Os books, especially the “Every Play Revealed” Books

New England vs Seattle (Every Play Revealed)

Oregon vs Ohio State (Every Play Revealed)

Matt Waldman‘s Rookie Scouting Portfolio – An amazing resource of player evaluation. Good for the hardcore fan, or fantasy guru in your life. Plus, ten percent of each purchase is donated to the Darkness to Light charity.

2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio 

If you’re feeling generous, then tuition for the spring semester of The Scouting Academy would be an amazing gift for the serious football fan in your life.

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The Must Follow List: @ITPylon’s Favorite Twits

Doug Farrar (This whole thread on becoming known and respected in sports writing is worth reading)

Henn Griffey Jr.

Carson Wentz

Mark Schlereth

Bill Carroll

Matt Miller

Meg Rowley

Josh Norris

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