Posted: Sunday, October 7th, 2012 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, SUNDAY LOOKOUT, Drew Brees, Marshawn Lynch, MATCHUPS, NFL, NFL PREVIEW, Peyton Manning, Playbook, stats, SUNDAY LOOKOUT, Tom Brady
• WAS 2 RUSH ATTACKS
o COLLEGE STYLE – ZONE READ
o STRAIGHT ZONE
• ATL IS LIGHTER YET FASTER FRONT
o DOUBLE TEAMS AT POINT OF ATTACK CRUCIAL
• ATL WILL BE CHALLENGED BY MAN TO MAN COVERAGE
• WAS DC JIM HASLETT ONE OF THE BEST ON CAPITIALIZING ON DEFICIENCIES
• ATL OFFENSE LAST WEEK v. CAR
o 7 SACKS ALLOWED
o 12 QB HITS
• ATL WANTS TO PUSH BALL DOWNFIELD WITH SPEED
Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers
Four divisional playoff games this weekend to break down. Let’s get right to it.
Posted: Monday, December 19th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Chris Johnson, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Kyle Orton, Matt Hasselbeck, Playbook,
On Sunday, two big zeros were erased from the NFL landscape – the Colts’ potential freefall toward 0-16 and the Packers’ bid for a 16-0 season.
Posted: Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, Akeem Ayers, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Chris Johnson, Cortland Finnegan, Houston Texans, James Casey, Joel Dreessen, Jurrell Casey, Mario Williams, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Schaub, Nate Washington, Owen Daniels, Peyton Manning, Shaun Smith, Tennessee Titans, Wade Phillips
With the monotony of Indianapolis’ annual contention for the AFC South stifled by Peyton Manning’s injury, Houston and Tennessee will battle for the division lead Sunday as we approach the season’s midpoint.
Posted: Monday, October 10th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, aubrayo franklin, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chris Hoke, Chris Johnson, Darrelle Revis, DeSean Jackson, George Wilson, Green Bay Packers, Jackie Battle, Jason Avant, Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs, Kyle Wilson, LeGarrette Blount, Marshall Newhouse, Marshawn Lynch, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Patrick Peterson, Patrick Willis, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Tom Brady, Wes Welker
Another exciting week of games on Sunday – which means another interesting day of Monday tape study.
Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers
This week, the Playbook research staff started its day by putting aside watching every game from Minute 1 to Minute 60. But that doesn’t mean we took a real break.
Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, Aaron Rodgers, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Darren Sproles, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Trent Cole, Washington Redskins, William Beatty
You have probably heard the phrase “a team is only as strong as its weakest link.” In the NFL, the difference between a team’s weakest link and their strongest can determine the outcome of a game.
Leading up to Sunday, we did a little tape study and tried to find a few links that could be broken.
Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, A.J. Green, Clyde Gates, Dane Sanzenbacher, Denarius Moore, Greg Little, Greg Salas, Julio Jones, Randall Cobb, Titus Young, Torrey Smith
After A.J. Green and Julio Jones were picked in the top six of the 2011 NFL Draft, everyone expected to hear their names early in the season. At the same time, several other rookie wide receivers, from second-round picks to an undrafted free agent, have made an impact through two weeks of football.
Posted: Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Michael Vick, St. Louis Rams, Tom Brady
It’s time for the “Playbook” mailbag. Are the Texans primed to take the AFC South? How can the Eagles better protect Michael Vick? Is it the best strategy to blitz Tom Brady? Get the answers from the “Playbook” crew.
Posted: Saturday, September 17th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, Brandon Marshall, Brandon Pettigrew, Carl Nicks, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Haloti Ngata, Henry Melton, Jahri Evans, Jonathan Joseph, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Stanford Routt, Stevie Johnson, Tony Scheffler
A look at five matchups from five games in Week 2 that we believe be the first waves in a rippling pond.
Posted: Thursday, September 15th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, Anthony Castonzo, Clint Boling, Gabe Carimi, James Carpenter, Jason Kelce, Jason Pinkston, Joe Reitz, John Moffitt, Mike Pouncey, Nate Solder, Orlando Franklin, Stefan Wisniewski, Tyron Smith, William Rackley
In our first installment of the “Rookie Richter,” we grade the guys who really pound the earth when they move — offensive linemen. After hunkering over hours of coaching tape, closely evaluating their debut performances, here are the blockers who made the greatest — and weakest — impacts for their teams.
Posted: Monday, September 12th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, Cam Newton, Da'Quan Bowers, Gosder Cherilus, Henry Melton, Joe Haden, Kyle Williams, Luke McCown, Marcell Dareus, Patrick Peterson, Ray McDonald, Robert Gallery
When the Playbook research staff digs into a new batch of coaching tape, we dig deep.
While cooking up “All-22” content for the Week 2 Playbook shows at the end of the week, we spend much of our Mondays and Tuesdays watching every game. And we mean every game.
Posted: Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints
In one corner, you have the Super Bowl champion, a title-holder, that there’s no doubt that its reign atop the sport has only just begun.
In the other corner, you have a champion from a year past — knocked off their perch by a stunner in Seattle — who wants nothing more than a chance to prove it is still the king of the ring.
Posted: Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, Andre Gurode, Antonio Brown, Atlanta Falcons, Billy Nagy, Brian Baldinger, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Elvis Dumervil, Hines Ward, Houston Texans, James Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery, Joe Theisman, John Abraham, Kansas City Chiefs, Kirk Morrison, Kroy Biermann, Marcell Dareus, Mario Williams, Matt Cassel, Matt Millen, Mike Wallace, Nick Barnett, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ray Edwards, Ricky Stanzi, Robert Ayers, Shawne Merriman, Sterling Sharpe, Tyler Palko, Tyron Smith, Wade Phillips
Every Wednesday this season, the research staff at “Playbook” will be taking your questions through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and on Twitter (@NFLN_Playbook, with #askplaybook hashtag), and answering them in this blog. Here is the first batch of questions we’ve selected.
Posted: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Playbook, 2011 NFL Draft, A.J. Green, Cam Newton, Marcell Dareus, Patrick Peterson, Von Miller
The new CBA, including its rookie wage scale, has definitely decreased the price tag for top-five picks, but the repercussions for missing are still huge. Before you have even played a down, before you have even had your first jersey stitched, draft analysts and fans are asking whether you are a star or a bust.