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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. The Pop Warner Offense That Confounded Sean Payton, and What It S...

    Chris Brown

    Much of the talk this offseason has been about stopping the read-option, but in Sean Payton's year away from the NFL, he had trouble with a much different offensive attack: the single wing. During his Roger Goodell–mandated suspension from t...

    Blog | July 25, 2013
  6. After an offseason of searching, NFL coaches may finally know how...

    Chris Brown

    There's no simple solution for the NFL's latest offensive trend, but after an offseason of searching, defensive coaches may finally have some answers.

    Story | Conversation | July 25, 2013
  7. What Matt Barkley and the Eagles' Offseason Say About Chip Kelly'...

    Chris Brown

    The Philadelphia Eagles' selection of USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the fourth round of this year's draft appears, by any logical measure, to be a great value pick. At one time, Barkley was talked about as a high first-round pick, and there's no do...

    Blog | April 29, 2013
  8. Are Alex Smith and Andy Reid Really a Perfect Fit in Kansas City?...

    Chris Brown

    The NFL offseason is fundamentally about one thing: hope. The mantra of "Any Given Sunday" is expanded to "Any Given Season," and the new - new rookies, new facilities, new schemes, new management - is the stuff those dreams are made of. But the most...

    Blog | March 01, 2013
  9. How the Ravens Will Try to Contain Colin Kaepernick and the Diver...

    Chris Brown

    "The running game in pro football has gotten so boring," former 49ers coach Bill Walsh remarked some years ago. "There's just four or five plays they can run. I think the whole thing is headed in the wrong direction, and it's really unfortunate." Eve...

    Blog | January 31, 2013
  10. Defining the Principles of Washington's Offensive Revolution

    Chris Brown

    With Tom Brady and Peyton Manning still dissecting defenses, this weekend's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins might not produce this year's Super Bowl winner, but it may still be the key to the NFL's future. Since their 3-6 st...

    Blog | January 03, 2013
  11. Dick LeBeau and the evolution of coverage tactics in the zone bli...

    Chris Brown

    How the evolution of zone-blitz coverages has defined modern defense.

    Story | Conversation | September 26, 2012
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Tyrann Mathieu, DeMarcus Ware, and the movement toward hybrid def...

    Chris Brown

    Call them what you will — cornerbacks, safeties, linebackers — today's defensive players are a bit of everything.

    Story | Conversation | August 09, 2012
  16. The Case for an Improved San Francisco 49ers Offense in 2012

    Chris Brown

    By almost any rational measure, the San Francisco 49ers significantly overachieved last season on offense. The Alex Smith–led attack finished in the bottom third of the NFL in yards, yards per play, and passing yards. Even the vaunted 49ers rus...

    Blog | August 07, 2012