Found May 27, 2012 on
New England Patriots
Pardon the idiosyncratic reference, but I want to push back a little bit against Andrew's recent series on the offensive line.
Mind you, I'm not disputing the numbers at all. They are what they are. There are a lot of numbers out there, though, and some of them don't necessarily mean what people sometimes claim they mean. The paradigmatic case is running back attempts, how when Running Back X has 25 or 30 or somesuch carries in a game, his team's record is like 17-1; not surprising, because a running back tends to only get 25 or 30 attempts in a game his team is already winning. Line yards are one attempt to characterize something that's hard to characterize in a statistical fashion, but I'm not sure how effectively it manages that.
To the extent line yards fairly and accurately reflect the level of performance of the back and the offensive line in the context of the broader offense, we should expect Adjusted Line Yards to remain relatively constant if we h...
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Down in Tennessee the competition is on to see who will be the Titans starting quarterback. Veteran Matt Hasselbeck and 2011 8th overall draft pick Jake Locker will be put to the test every week to see who is best to lead the Titans into the 2012 season.
For me the answer is simple, start Locker. He was able to help lead the team after Hasselbeck got the Titans into losing situations...
It happens every year. The infusion of new blood means some veterans will lose starting jobs or playing time. Some veterans will be cut to make room on the roster for the rookies. Following is how I see this year's draft picks impacting the Titans veterans, after the break.
Round 1, WR Kendall WrightWho is impacted: Among the WRs, Nate Washington, Lavelle Hawkins and...
Since the Seahawks took him with the seventh overall pick in 2007, Steve Hutchinson has established himself as an elite offensive lineman, dominating the trenches in Seattle and Minnesota en route to seven All-Pro selections as one of the best guards of the last decade.
However, the 34-year-old has done so with a major condition completely unbeknownst to him.
While in Ann Arbor,...
The Titans’ biggest offseason loss was Cortland Finnegan, who signed a massive deal in St. Louis, but the Titans feel they have the in house talent to make up for the loss. Jason McCourty was an above average cornerback last year and will remain a starter this year. Meanwhile, Alterraun Verner is lining up as the starter opposite him in OTAs and, like Finnegan did before him, he’s...
Chris Johnson is coming off his worst and most disappointing season as a pro, rushing for just 1047 yards and 4 touchdowns on 262 carries last year after being made the 2nd highest paid running back in the league before the season. Johnson’s struggles last season were blamed on him failing in stay in shape during a holdout that lasted most of the offseason. The numbers back this...