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  • NFL 2018 The Year Defense Forgot November 27, 2018
    The NFL nation continues to buzz over the breathtaking shootout the Rams and Chiefs provided Monday night, a 54-51 duel that reached the pre-game hype. This, just weeks after the Saints outgunned the Rams 45 – 31 in the Superdome. Fans love offense, and the weekly output from the Saints, Chiefs, and Rams raises hopes […]
    Rafael Vela
  • Cowboys Spotlight – Conversation w/ Rafael Vela November 14, 2018
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    Steven Van Over
  • Jon Gruden – Crazy Like a Fox, or Just Crazy November 4, 2018
    The molting of the Raiders roster continues apace under first-year retread Jon Gruden.  Weeks after flipping defensive and offensive cornerstones Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper for high draft picks, Oakland sloughed off defensive end Bruce Irvin, cutting the veteran outright.   The rapid change has spooked some Raiders faithful.  Why is Chucky Gruden behaving like […]
    Rafael Vela
  • Cowboys Dak Prescott Gets “the Alex Smith Audition” October 29, 2018
    The Dallas Cowboys Seem to Be Following Andy Reid’s Kansas City Script for Offense Building I’ve been watching the Kansas City Chiefs a lot this season. For one, they’re a lot of fun with young gun Pat Mahomes at the controls. Second, because my Cowboys fan-self sees a lot of promising similarities between the path […]
    Rafael Vela
  • Cowboys Trade for Amari Cooper – Conversation w/ Rafael Vela October 26, 2018
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    Steven Van Over
  • On Fandom: Are NFL Fans Finally Seeing the Full Field? Part II October 12, 2018
    In part one, I made a breezy review of the NFL’s framing patterns, from broadcast in the analog system, where screens had an aspect ratio (width to height) of 4:3.  I showed that centered the ball and the line of scrimmage were the primary patterns. The NFL has had the opportunity to present off-set framings […]
    Rafael Vela
  • On Fandom: Is TV Finally Showing NFL Fans an All-22 View? October 9, 2018
    Sometimes, you don’t understand your own strength.  Other times, you don’t know what you’ve got until you lose it.  In the case of NFL broadcasts, most fans don’t understand what action they’re missing, because they don’t get to see it. I’m going to take a deep dive into the framing of football, the way that […]
    Rafael Vela
  • Will Andy Reid Find Deliverance with Speed 3.0? October 5, 2018
    Timing is everything.  For an NFL coach, a lack of personnel cohesion can spell the difference between being good and being a champion.   In 2018, timing may finally be coming together for Andy Reid.  The long-time Eagles and Chiefs coach has built several playoff units, and one Super Bowl squad, with his ‘03 Eagles, […]
    Rafael Vela
  • Cowboys – Giants Tip: Follow the Leader to Eli September 16, 2018
    The Panthers loss has produced a week of teeth-gnashing and angst among many Cowboys faithful. Much of the dismay has focused on the sputtering offense. With the Giants game a mere day away, let’s look at something that worked, a new-old defensive wrinkle that’s likely to be tried again, given Dallas’ strength and New York’s […]
    Rafael Vela
  • Panthers 16, Cowboys 8 – Feeling a Campo Era September 10, 2018
    We’re not the Bills. That’s probably one of the better things that can be said of the 2018 Cowboys debut. A team that kept many of its starters in the freezer this preseason took three quarters to thaw, falling behind 16-0 early in the 4th quarter before gaining some early season traction. The defense melted […]
    Steven Van Over