San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebackers Demorrio Williams (58) and Takeo Spikes (51) at organized team activities at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Jaws: Philip Rivers is seventh best QB - Bill Williamson
Yes, he was sloppy for the first 10 games of the 2011 season. It was his worst NFL season. But Rivers finished strong and ended up having a good season. I expect him to back up Jaworski’s high ranking with anther stellar season in 2012.
Three Years of Tackle Efficiency: Linebackers - Sam Monson
Anybody that has been reading our Tackle Efficiency pieces over the past few seasons won’t be surprised to see the player that leads the way at the top, and some way out in front of anybody else: Takeo Spikes. In 285 total tackle attempts Spikes has missed just nine in the past three seasons, and four of those came this season in San Diego when he was carrying an injury. That is by far the best ratio of any qualifying player and comfortably distances his former teammate, Patrick Willis in second place.
NFL's Frequent-Flier Phenomenon - Bill Barnwell
How much does travel affect a team's record? Plus, debunking the franchise kicker myth
Counters to NFL passing games? Elusive - Kevin Seifert
"There will always be [a counter]," he said. "It was amazing a few years ago that we sat in here and we talked about the Wildcat. Ohhh, the Wiiiiiildcat. I bet no one has a Wildcat question today, because there is a counterpunch defensively. That's the awesome thing about football. There are guys in labs right now, like [Steelers defensive coordinator] Dick LeBeau, working on that and responding to things."
Replay system evolving nicely - Pat Yasinskas
The current system was implemented in 1999 and it has gone through tweaks. A couple more will be revealed this season. One change will be that all turnovers will be subject to review by the replay booth. The second will be much more obvious -- and probably enjoyable -- to fans in stadiums. All NFL stadium video boards now will show the exact same replay the lead official is viewing under the hood on the sideline video monitor.
Fullback Draw: A Constraint Play for the Sprint-Out Pass - Keith Grabowski
It’s been a play that has kept drives moving for me as I’ve coached youth football, junior high, and high school. I have even used it at the college level. For teams that run any type of sprint out, this is a great constraint play that you need to add. It’s a play we’ve used everywhere on the field, even the goal line.
2011 Formation Analysis: Number of RBs Part I - Rivers McCown
Continuing our look at game-charting statistics from the 2011 season that'll be featured in Football Outsiders Almanac 2012, this time we'll examine the tendencies and performances of running offenses based on the number of running backs they used. We'll hit defense in Part 2.