This Week in Football Writing: August 12, 2015

Inside The Pylon works tirelessly to deliver quality football articles to our readers. But writers around the internet produce high-level football writing every day, some of which you may have missed.

This Week in Football Writing pulls together some of our favorite pieces and shares them with you to ensure our loyal readers have access to the great work being produced about the sport we love.

Chip Kelly and His Relentless Assault on the Status Quo

Philadelphia’s Head Coach is crafting an organization – from top to bottom – in a brash and aggressive manner. Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier outlines “Kelly’s Grand Unification Theory.”

Roger Goodell Misled Me

When Roger Goodell issued his decision in the Tom Brady saga, Dan Steinberg with the Washington Post found himself believing the Commissioner’s opinion. But then the transcript of the hearing was released, and Steinberg came to a different conclusion.

Luv Ya Blue

Chris Wesseling delivers this must-read story about the 1970s Houston Oilers led by Bum Phillips, and a torrid love affair between a city and a team.

Attackers and Mitigators

Chase Stuart from differentiates between “attacker” positions (like WR or DE) and “mitigator” positions (like LT and CB). He notes that the value of mitigators depends on which attackers they defend and the effectiveness of the other mitigators on their team.  This fascinating team-building theory is worth a read.

Sydney Seau’s Speech

Linebacker Junior Seau was inducted – posthumously – into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past Saturday. The New York Times sat down with her to discuss the speech she wanted to give.

RSP Boiler Room Number 2: Mississippi’s Laquon Treadwell

Any trip inside Matt Waldman’s film room is worth your time. In this new series, titled “Boiler Room,” the football mind takes readers – and viewers – through a snapshot of one player and his on-the-field traits. The second piece is a look at Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell, and includes a great look at how a receiver beats press coverage using his upper body.

Breaking Down Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl Defense

Alex Kirby breaks down the approach that Bill Belichick took to counter Seattle’s offense. Kirby explains the handful of things that the Patriots’ defense keyed in on that helped lead to a Super Bowl victory.

Deflategate: D-Day

Today the NFLPA and the NFL, along with Tom Brady and Roger Goodell, will convene in a Federal Court to – perhaps – resolve this saga. In light of this we have two looks at the entirety of this issue.

Newton Knows – Why the NFL Got it Right

Sharona with and Talk Back with Sharona put together this comphrehensive analysis of the entire record in the Brady case. After pouring through transcripts, pleadings and relevant case law, the lawyer concludes that despite the arguments asserted by Brady’s team, the record – and the standard of review – might be too much to overcome. Whether you agree with her conclusions or not, this is a well-researched and crafted look at the entirety of L’affaire Brady.

The CBA is No Magic Wand for Roger Goodell

On the flip side of the issue, former player Matt Chatham with Football by Football looks at the role precedent might play in the Brady case, and concludes that prior decisions in Federal Court might be enough for Brady to emerge victorious.

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