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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  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. 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
  13. 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
  14. 2012 NFL Draft: Did the Browns Blow It?

    Chris Brown

    The Cleveland Browns had an interesting first day of the 2012 NFL draft. On the one hand, Cleveland got two of the draft's most productive players: Brandon Weeden, quarterback from Oklahoma State, who threw 71 touchdowns over the past two seasons, an...

    Blog | April 30, 2012
  15. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and the future of the NFL quarte...

    Chris Brown

    The stars are aligning for a generation of great NFL quarterbacks.

    Story | Conversation | April 26, 2012
  16. Why Tebow Should Work With the New York Jets

    Chris Brown

    For all of the questions that surround Tim Tebow, we know one thing for sure: Drama follows him. And yet, heading into this offseason — one where he was coming off a playoff victory and was the presumptive, though not the conclusive, starting q...

    Blog | March 23, 2012