Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden and his struggling offensive line might be in for a world of hurt against the Baltimore Ravens on “Thursday Night Football.” Even with the losses of edge rusher Jarrett Johnson to San Diego in the offseason and Terrell Suggs due to an Achilles injury, the Ravens are still finding ways to rush the passer because of their scheme. Their ability to confuse protections by providing different looks and disguising their blitzes makes up for their lack of premier pass rushers. They are proficient with twists and stunts while bringing pressure off the edge, which leaves offensive lines in disarray and often leaves a lineman on air while a free rusher clobbers the QB. The Browns’ […]
Posted: Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 | NFL Playbook Staff | Tags: New York Giants, NFL Playbook, Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Eli Manning, football, Greg Schiano, Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants, NFL, NFL Playbook, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Coughlin
While the controversy surrounding Greg Schiano and Tom Coughlin stole the headlines from New York’s 41-34 win over Tampa, it was a new approach from the Giants’ offense that sparked their epic comeback and enabled Eli Manning to throw for a career-high 510 yards.
Posted: Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 | NFL Playbook Staff | Tags: Champ Bailey, Denver Broncos, Derek Wolfe, Justin Bannan, Knowshon Moreno, Lance Ball, Peyton Manning, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tracy Porter, Ty Warren, Von Miller, Willis McGahee
The 2012 Denver Broncos have the makeup to be the best team that Peyton Manning has ever been a part of. This is not because of their explosive offense, or impressive but rather the emergence of their defense as one of the league’s premier units. In Manning’s days as a Colt, he had a defense that was referred to as a ‘play ahead’ defense. That is not the case in Denver, as this Broncos’ defense is primed for success regardless of the situation. The quarterback position was the missing piece to this team in 2011, and now they have one of the league’s best ever.
NFL Network analyst and former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin took up the cause of cornerback Janoris Jenkins as a high pick in Thursday night’s NFL draft.
Posted: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 | NFL Playbook Staff | Tags: New Orleans Saints, Randy Moss, 2012 Free Angency, Antonio Gates, Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints, NFL Playbook, Randy Moss, Robert Meachum
A well-rested and conditioned Randy Moss could replace the role of free agent Robert Meachum (who generated a low catch count yet a high number of big plays).
Posted: Monday, March 5th, 2012 | NFL Playbook Staff | Tags: Arizona Cardinals, NFL, 2012 NFL Draft, 2012 NFL Free Agency, Adrian Wilson, Arizona Cardinals, Darnell Dockett, David DeCastro, Jonatha Martin, Mike Adams, Patrick Peterson, Peyton Manning, Playbook, Riley Rieff
Heading into this offseason, the Cardinals must address their offensive shortcomings. Whether they shoot for the stars with Peyton Manning, or make less flashy moves with their $10 million in cap space…
In our first look in to the Seahawks’ offseason, we focused on a few teams needs, including running back, defensive end and linebacker. But for every team, the biggest questions always revolve around the quarterback.
The Seahawks are expected to be well over the salary cap, and a large chunk of that cash might be reinvested to patch up a dearth of contract players at running back, defensive end and linebacker.
The Chiefs might be hanging just outside of the top 10 in this year’s draft, but, unlike most teams atop the board, they are only a few pieces away from competing within their division.
With $33 million in cap space, and the 10th overall pick in the draft, the Bills have a chance to remedy some of the ills of their mid-season losing streak.
Posted: Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 | NFL Playbook Staff | Tags: NFL Playbook, 2012 NFL Draft, Andre Branch, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, Charles Johnson, DeAngelo Williams, Fletcher Cox, Greg Hardy, Jonathan Stewart, Luke Kuechly, Michael Brockers, Playbook, Vinny Curry, Vontaze Burfict
Ron Rivera’s Carolina Panthers need to improve their run defense through this year’s draft.
The Miami Dolphins are a team with much still to be decided, including who will play quarterback and how it will shift to a 4-3 defense.
For any team that drafts a quarterback in the first round, next year’s offseason has to be about solidifying your squad around that player. Now, a year into their term with Blaine Gabbert at the helm, the Jaguars need to amplify the strengths of their prized signal caller and do their best to work around some of his weaknesses.
Far be it for us to speculate what the Redskins will do in the offseason. So, instead of trying to séance with Dan Snyder’s money and figure out where it will go, let’s try and find a few places where it might be well-placed.