Category Archives: Guest Posts

Mount Rushmore of Cornerbacks by Raiderjoe

Cornerback is a difficult position to analyze because these players are not often on the television screen during the action. If you cannot always see them, can you properly analyze their performance? Were they in man or zone coverage? Did they have safety help? Were they a liability against the run or did that even really matter? Then there is the problem of darn near perfect coverage and still allowing a reception. Regarding the difficulties of the position, Willie Brown said, “The cornerback has to…

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Mount Rushmore of Centers by Raiderjoe

The 2019 campaign will be the 100th season of the National Football League. To help celebrate this occasion the Mount Rushmores of each position will be revealed. There will be no Mount Rushmore of gunners or H-backs or slot cornerbacks. The main positions will suffice. The heads of four U.S. Presidents were sculpted in granite on the side of a mountain in South Dakota. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are the four. They represent the birth, growth, development, and preservation of…

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Counterpoint: All-Time 53-Man Roster

This article is from a writer and historian whose work and opinion I respect quite a lot, Brad Oremland. Brad recently took a hiatus from writing about football (you can read more about it in his most recent column in his archives at Sports Central), but he was gracious enough to bring this great piece of work to me as a challenge to a fun post I made five years ago. The following words are Brad’s, and I hope you enjoy them as much as…

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Seasonal Prediction Review

Today’s post is from friend of the site Topher Doll, a fastidious recordkeeper who has spent the past few years tracking the success of myriad predictions and metrics used to measure team strength. Enjoy. Each year we are bombarded with predictions on how the season will shape up. From models built by people far smarter to me to predictions based on the feelings of a writer or researcher. Individually these are fun to read while agreeing or disagreeing with each team. They are wonderful conversation…

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How Technology Has Improved NFL Analytics

Today’s article is a guest post by Jay Booth, who had some thoughts to share and figured The GridFe was as good a place as any to share them. Enjoy. The impact of technology in sports is undeniable and it has, in many ways, given birth to a movement: that of analytics in sports. It is the heart and soul of the Moneyball theory, traditionally associated with baseball but whose precepts — rigorous gathering and analysis of data — are widely used in professional leagues…

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