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  1. Packaged Plays and the Newest Form of Option Football

    Chris Brown

    This time last year, Doug Marrone, then Syracuse's head coach, had a serious problem — his offense. Marrone, now head coach of the Buffalo Bills, seemingly had all the pieces needed to be successful. Marrone followed his tenure as a highly resp...

    Blog | August 16, 2013
  2. Same Old Chip: What We Learned About the Eagles Offense in Their ...

    Chris Brown

    Before the second play of his first NFL game, Philadelphia's new head coach, Chip Kelly, a man who made his reputation as the architect of college football's most prolific offense — the Oregon Ducks' fast-break, spread-it-out attack — did...

    Blog | August 12, 2013
  3. Jason Witten, Master of the Option Route

    Chris Brown

    For years, the Cowboys have been nothing if not erratic. Whether it's quarterback Tony Romo's on-field inconsistencies, the vacillations of owner Jerry Jones, or the propensity of a very smart head coach (Jason Garrett is a Princeton grad who scored ...

    Blog | August 07, 2013
  4. Adrian Peterson and the Lead Draw: The Vikings' Throwback Play fo...

    Chris Brown

    In recent years, running back, once football's glamour position, has been diminished beyond all recognition. Not so long ago, NFL teams routinely built around franchise running backs, but now the need to highly invest in the position is mostly gone. ...

    Blog | July 31, 2013
  5. Stanford Shows Oregon Its Own Brand of Old-School Football

    Chris Brown

    It can't be overstated just how impressive Stanford's 17-15 overtime victory over Oregon was. Stanford almost entirely shut down Oregon and its record-setting offense, the same offense that shredded the Cardinal 53-30 last season. Last year, Oregon's...

    Blog | November 20, 2012
  6. AJ to T.J.: Breaking Down Alabama's Game-Winning Play

    Chris Brown

    I have an admission to make: Several times this season I've tried to watch Alabama play an entire game, and each time I've failed. Sure, I've watched quarters of football here and there — the bludgeoning of Michigan, the decimation of Arkansas,...

    Blog | November 05, 2012
  7. Denver Dips Into the Old Colts Playbook for Some Vintage Peyton

    Chris Brown

    Peyton Manning's return to the NFL has not exactly been a fairy tale. His team sits at 3-3, they've routinely fallen behind early in games, they average a paltry 93.8 rushing yards per game, and Manning's top receiving targets include young but incon...

    Blog | October 18, 2012
  8. Draw It Up: Larry Fitzgerald and the Eagles' Coverage Breakdown

    Chris Brown

    There are only three undefeated teams left in the NFL: the Atlanta Falcons, the Houston Texans, and — wait for it — the Arizona Cardinals. Not only is Arizona's record a surprise, but to get there, they knocked off preseason favorites New...

    Blog | September 25, 2012
  9. Cam Newton and the Diversity of Carolina's Zone-Read Package

    Chris Brown

    In Week 1, the Carolina Panthers' listless offense turned over the ball twice, gave up three sacks, and registered a grand total of 10 — yes, 10 — rushing yards. Last week against the Saints, Carolina exploded for 35 points and 219 yards ...

    Blog | September 20, 2012
  10. Back to School: How Mike Shanahan Is Using RG3's College Offense ...

    Chris Brown

    In an otherwise grim day for rookie quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III's debut against the New Orleans Saints went about as well as it could possibly go. He went 19-for-26, threw for 320 yards with two touchdowns, and, most importantly, led the Redskin...

    Blog | September 12, 2012
  11. S-A-C-K: Why Pass Protection Might Be the Jets' Biggest Problem

    Chris Brown

    Going into the preseason, all of the attention at New York Jets camp was focused squarely on Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Following the first couple preseason games - and, in particular, Saturday's 26-3, seven-sack drubbing at the hands of the New Yor...

    Blog | August 21, 2012
  12. Matt Barkley and USC's "Sluggo Seam" Play

    Chris Brown

    The Heisman Trophy is won on the field, but that hasn't stopped Southern Cal quarterback Matt Barkley from going about his campaign a bit differently. Instead of just sending out awkwardly filmed DVDs to Heisman voters, Barkley has gone the high-tech...

    Blog | August 17, 2012