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  1. Figuring Out the Falcons

    Bill Barnwell

    It was like clockwork. The Atlanta Falcons (Matt Ryan and Mike Smith edition) posted a winning record by virtue of dominating their opposition in close games. For their first five seasons together, the only knock you could throw at Atlanta's sta...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  2. The All–Bad Contracts Team

    Bill Barnwell

    After covering the league's most valuable contracts earlier this week, it's time to move on and pillory the worst deals in the NFL. Now, while it's easy to do this solely for the sake of ridicule, it's not my goal; I've found...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  3. NFL Trade Value, Part 2

    Bill Barnwell

    On Monday, Grantland published Part 1 of the annual NFL Trade Value column. Click here to read the first installment as well as a breakdown of the rules and how the picks are made. 29. Duane Brown, LT, Houston 28. Tyron Smith, LT, Dallas...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  4. NFL Trade Value, Part 1

    Bill Barnwell

    The 2013 NFL season reminded us that efficiency kills. On the field, despite an arm that would have been laughed out of the combine, Peyton Manning and a near-unstoppable Broncos offense set virtually every passing record by marching their way down t...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  5. The Domino Game

    Bill Barnwell

    Usually, the first overall pick in the NFL draft is one of the day's least interesting selections. By the time it's made, the identity of the pick is clear, either by consensus proclamation or by virtue of an already-announced agreement of...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  6. NFL Deep Cuts: Obscure Players Get Their Shot

    Bill Barnwell

    As we near the halfway point of the 2013 NFL season, the teams and lineups we expected to see trotted out on the field this season are now shells of their former selves. The Falcons are already down seven starters from the guys they would have expect...

    Blog | October 23, 2013
  7. Julio Jones Goes Down, the Falcons Are Out

    Bill Barnwell

    The good news for Atlanta sports fans is that there's nothing left to pin your hopes on for a while. It's been a gruesome 24-hour period: The Braves were knocked out of the National League playoffs on late-game heroics by the Dodgers, the Falcons wer...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  8. Thank You for Not Coaching, Week 4

    Bill Barnwell

    The biggest decision made by a coach during Week 4 was covered in the Monday football recap, but there are still plenty of coaching decisions to cover in today's Thank You for Not Coaching. As always, let's start with the bright side of the ledger &#...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  9. Thank You for Not Coaching: The Week in (Ahem) Curious Strategic ...

    Bill Barnwell

    Welcome to your new Thank You for Not Coaching Day. After finishing off the Monday-morning columns each week with TYFNC, it became popular enough that I'm moving it to Tuesdays and giving it some space to stretch out. Hopefully, that will mean more o...

    Blog | September 10, 2013
  10. NFL Free Agency, Day 3: Here Come the Bargains

    Bill Barnwell

    Attention, shoppers: The bargains have finally started to make their way into the NFL free-agency marketplace. After two days of average players getting premium contracts, Thursday was really the first day when teams were able to sign players on sign...

    Blog | March 15, 2013
  11. NFL Playoff Stock Watch

    Bill Barnwell

    With the rest of this off week between the Conference Championships and the Super Bowl, I'll be taking a look back at the playoffs (today) and the season at large (Thursday and Friday) before diving back into Super Bowl coverage next Monday. Today, I...

    Blog | January 23, 2013
  12. Fourth-and-Short: Reexamining the NFL's Final Four

    Bill Barnwell

    This week's Fourth-and-Short has four more thoughts on the four conference championship teams. In the cases of the 49ers and Ravens, it's time to begin the arduous process of breaking down the Harbaugh Bowl. With the Falcons and Patriots, now is a go...

    Blog | January 22, 2013
  13. Fourth-and-Short: Some Super Bowl Comparisons

    Bill Barnwell

    In football, it's usually true that everything you see has happened before and will happen again. Sure, you might only get an Immaculate Reception once every 200 years or so, but when it comes to team-building and paths to success, the league's 32 or...

    Blog | January 15, 2013
  14. Bill Barnwell on Sunday's slate of NFL playoff games

    Bill Barnwell

    Here are all the facts and trends you need to know to figure out who will book the final two tickets to conference championship weekend.

    Story | Conversation | January 11, 2013
  15. Which Matchups Are Kryptonite for NFL Playoff Contenders?

    Bill Barnwell

    The modern NFL is a game of matchups. Since the salary cap and the spread of strategic concepts throughout the league prevent a team from dominating the way that the 1980s Niners or the early-'90s Cowboys did, just about every team in football has on...

    Blog | December 20, 2012
  16. The Falcons seal their own fate, and the rest of the Week 10 news...

    Bill Barnwell

    The Falcons need to learn when to toss their playbook, and the rest of the Week 10 news.

    Story | Conversation | November 12, 2012