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  1. The NFL All-Bargain Team

    Bill Barnwell

    It's not very easy for an NFL team to find a bargain in free agency. The vast majority of players who would be considered bargains on NFL rosters are guys who are still on their rookie deals, players whose salaries are artificially capped by the CBA....

    Blog | December 19, 2013
  2. The Panthers, Not the Refs, Beat New England

    Bill Barnwell

    The Patriots didn't lose to the Panthers last night because they got jobbed by a bad call on the final play of the game. That's wildly inaccurate. The Patriots lost because they let the game come down to one play from the 18-yard line down four point...

    Blog | November 19, 2013
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. The Football and Financial Implications of the Patriots Releasing...

    Bill Barnwell

    The Patriots swiftly reacted to the arrest of tight end Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday morning, releasing him just hours after he was taken into custody. While it had been known for days that Hernandez was likely to be arrested after being implicated i...

    Blog | June 26, 2013
  6. Are We Witnessing the Winter of Gronk?

    Bill Barnwell

    Has Gronk gronked his final gronk? Tuesday's news that Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery continued a disastrous eight-month run that has seen him already go under the knife four times for the forearm injury he first suffered in Week 11 and a s...

    Blog | May 30, 2013
  7. Avoiding Dumb Mistakes at the NFL Draft

    Bill Barnwell

    What do smart NFL teams do in and around draft day that naive, stupid teams don't do? They draft better players, of course, but it's not that simple. They don't "want it more" and will themselves into picking better players. The dregs of the league d...

    Blog | April 18, 2013
  8. Bill Barnwell on prop bets

    Bill Barnwell

    From the shrewd to the ridiculous, you can put your money down on just about any situation.

    Story | Conversation | January 28, 2013
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Checking In on the NFL Numbers Game

    Bill Barnwell

    It's good to check in with the league's most relevant team statistics about once every four weeks. Four weeks isn't enough to dramatically shift things, but it's enough to see some change from (season) quarter to quarter and actually get a macro-leve...

    Blog | December 13, 2012
  14. Fourth-and-Short: It's Only One Game, Houston

    Bill Barnwell

    Patriots-Texans looked like Monday Night Football's most mouthwatering tilt for about 19 minutes of game time last night. By the time New England finished its third drive, the Pats had a 21-0 lead that the Texans never came close to challenging the r...

    Blog | December 11, 2012
  15. Weighing the Gravity of the So-Called Playoff Preview

    Bill Barnwell

    Monday night's Patriots-Texans game is exciting for a number of reasons. You can spin it as a possible matchup between the league's best offense and its best defense. Prototypical passing game versus resplendent running game. Perennial contender vers...

    Blog | December 06, 2012
  16. Five Up, Five Down From Day 1 of the NFL Draft

    Bill Barnwell

    Slapping a grade on an NFL draft the day after it happens is dumb. Slapping grades on teams in the middle of the draft? Well, that's even dumber. Everyone knows this, but we still write and read draft-grade articles at any possible time of draft refl...

    Blog | April 27, 2012