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  1. The Showstoppers

    Bill Barnwell

    You already know that the defending NFL champions are a unique team. The Seattle Seahawks have a quarterback who is two sizes too small, a running back seemingly powered by candy, and an unconscionably loud home stadium. Something else is strange abo...

    Blog | August 22, 2014
  2. Need for Speed

    Bill Barnwell

    Speed kills. Al Davis might have said that about the NFL once, and it's hard to argue against him. Speed's the toughest thing to control and the most difficult skill to plan against as a defense. Think Colin Kaepernick running through the G...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. NFL Free Agency, Day 2: An Island Unto Himself

    Bill Barnwell

    After Tuesday's year-opening spending spree indiscriminately heaped barrels of cash on large, athletic men, Day 2 of free agency saw the league's franchises begin to target the best remaining players available and pick off the last star-cal...

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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