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Just how effective would an early 1990’s-style pro-offense be if they were warped into today’s game? Would it be a solid underdog strategy? As the field continues to shift towards passing, would this possibility become more and more feasible?

This is the main crux of Episode 7-1: We look at just how sustainable an offense like this would be, as suggested by a reader email.

We should note that this is being given the “explicit” tag in iTunes. There is cursing. Don’t listen if you have delicate ears or are in a workplace environment.

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Below are the show notes:


SHOW NOTES

Email Questions (00:40 -35:40): How has being immersed in analytics changed the way that Rivers and Danny approach football from a fan standpoint?, Why did we cop-out so badly on last mailbag’s With or Without You question — can the stat be useful despite the lack of context?
Running as an underdog strategy (36:00 – end): Are we at a point where the value in going against the trend by being a rare rushing team is greater than the value still to be gained by increasing the ratio of pass to run? What are the pros and cons of taking that approach? Why don’t we see more David-style play from NFL teams? Why are teams so reluctant to change the dynamic of the game with inferior talent?
– Successful examples of underdog play at the NFL level — The Tony Sparano Wildcat Dolphins.
— How the reliance on running in SF and SEA factors in to this.
— The question of developing players for the “ideal” roster in the future versus spending spots on players to create wins in the now.
— If the game isn’t at the point where run offense can be an underdog yet, do we think that point will come in the future?
— Ultimately, if we see a situational run offense take hold for half a season, then fall dead as teams adjust … is that a success?
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Musical credits: Jammin With My NES, Facility (Hacker Mix)


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Sometimes, Danny and I have a great off-topic idea for the podcast. Sometimes, we don’t.

This is what you can expect when we don’t. This show is all about what the two of us are doing in the moment, and the things that are affecting our lives in the present.

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SHOW NOTES

– Danny admits that he has finally blocked someone on Twitter. Rivers has yet to do so. Danny goes into his reasoning, and why he finally got over himself and did it.
– Rivers talks about his subscription to 23andme.com — spit in a jar, gain some DNA knowledge, and how he’s working on learning more about his roots on the side. Rivers and Danny also briefly touch on this lawsuit.
– Danny talks about the writing process for his latest Football Guys article. Rivers and Danny discuss “immersion writing” and the benefits of putting all you can do into a post, versus the shorter “news” blog post model.
– Rivers explains a new side-hobby: video game speed running. Danny rambles about the psychological implications of this, and how it reflects well on Rivers.
– Rivers and Danny review Week 6’s games … before they happened, as this was taped last Wednesday night.
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Musical credits: Rock the Plank, Drop and Roll 


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Chase Stuart is the founder of Football Perspective, a Football Guy, has co-authored Football Outsiders Almanac 2014, and also writes for The New York Times. He’s one of the most respected statistical football minds on the internet, having been mentored by Doug Drinen.

And, this week, he’s our guest on the Three-Cone Drill. We talk to Chase about his background, his tendencies as a writer, and even try to make him generate some hot takes on specific stats sites. Plus: what is the next frontier of NFL stats?

We should note that our podcast has an “explicit” tag in iTunes. There is cursing. Don’t listen if you have delicate ears or are in a workplace environment.

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SHOW NOTES

Interview with Chase Stuart:
– Chase is a lawyer by day, why does that seem to be such a common trend amongst sports writers?
– How in the hell has Chase posted every day since opening Football Perspective? What kind of posts is he attracted to as a writer? Is this a gift he has, or did he learn it?
– What posts does he enjoy most? Which posts are working best?
– Again, we talk about niches, by asking Chase about Matt Waldman’s story from Episode 5-2.
— For aspiring statisticians thinking about the NFL, how much does knowledge of the X’s and O’s of football matter?
– Which PFF and Football Outsiders stats does Chase value? What is he kind of ambivalent about over them?
– Where is the next frontier of football stats? Which football stats would Chase like to see “die in a fire,’ as Danny would say?
Pieces Mentioned In This Post: 500 touchdown passes, Week 5 Game Scripts

Musical credits: Leafcutter, Club del Toro


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The Todd Gurley Snitch Was A Spiteful Memorabilia Dealer — Barry Petchskey & Tim Burke — Even moving beyond the whole hypocrisy of the NCAA selling Gurley’s jersey while he’s not allowed to profit off it, I love that we live in a world where a shameless dealer can ruin a Heisman finalist’s career because he’s not making enough money. What a crock.

Cardinals Fans Get Ugly In Clash With Ferguson Protesters — Tom Ley – OK, don’t get me wrong, I hate the Cardinals. But this isn’t really a thing I would associate as “Cardinals Fans.” These are just hateful people. All I’m trying to say here is that I don’t think you should use racism to futher bolster your hatred of the Cardinals. You can still hate them for who they are and what they did to your sports life.

Luxy — It’s The Tindr App For Snobs — Doug Gross --  There are young people trying to date online that are rich?

Deny Emotion And You See Only A Fraction Of The Game – Matt Waldman — I can’t wait to have Matt on the podcast again to talk about this with Danny. Talk about a topic with expansion possibilities. I think my best example of this would be Jake Locker — he just seems so much more comfortable without a set offense.

New Biometrics Tests Invade the NBA — Pablo S. Torre / Tom Haberstroh – This makes me think of sports as the frontier for corporations that try so many ways to measure and improve our efficiency that we wind up with our employers controlling our whole lives. It’s both terrifying and a little interesting to me. More the former, especially because I don’t trust corporations to act in good faith when they find flaws.

The First Practical Invisibility Cloak Is Here — John Brownlee — Speaking of things that are both terrifying and interesting. Finally, you can imitate Metal Gear Solid.

Take It Away, 1996 Phil Steele — Bill Connelly — I love the concept of this piece. Nothing is cooler to me than lugging through an old Baseball Prospectus for an hour or so and finding which team Felipe Crespo is on.


The Classic Link

Matt Waldman’s RSP Film Room series is a terrific introduction to scouting football on your own. Here’s one he did with fellow Bleacher Report colleague Cecil Lammey


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Bleacher Report Pieces This Week

Was feeling a little under the weather this week, so I only put in three pieces.

Colts Sit Atop AFC South and Texans Aren’t A Real Threat

Texans Must Control Game Flow to Beat Colts

JJ Watt Can’t Win Games By Himself; Texans Can’t Go Anywhere Without Valid QB


Writing on Other Sites

Audibles at the Line — Football Outsiders

Colts Q&A: How do Texans match up? — Houston Chronicle 

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Why doesn’t the NFL have a minor league system? A place not only for young developing prospects that aren’t ready to play yet, but also for those still hanging on? How many perfectly fine players have seen their careers ended because they were no longer able to put anything on tape for scouts and general managers?

That’s the main discussion we get into here in Episode 6-1 of the Three-Cone Drill Podcast. Our mailbag also yields one piece of reader mail, and thus, we talk about on-field/off-field player splits and why they aren’t used more often in the NFL.

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SHOW NOTES

01:15-19:59 — Mailbag segment: Why aren’t player on-field/off-field splits utilized more thoroughly in the NFL discourse? Rivers and Danny go over examples of how it is used, and also explain why statisticians are reluctant to use it.
19:59 – end — Why isn’t there a minor league system for the NFL?
– When players like Arian Foster and Larry Donnell come out of nowhere, why do we assume that every player grows at the same rate? Why isn’t there a league that football players can play in, to put tape out there that isn’t run with gimmicks (like the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League)?
– NFL Europe failed. Why did NFL Europe fail, and would it have failed today?
– Is the lack of tradition a huge stumbling block in creating and keeping a minor league profitable for the NFL?
– Where could such a league be placed? Would it be to grow the game?
– How big would rosters be? How many off-field players actually have a shot at becoming NFL-caliber?
– Does the NFL’s cautious nature to players coming off bad years or injuries artificially end careers before they are ready to be ended?

Musical creditsSafety in Numbers, Elecman YPOI


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This is Episode 5-3 of the Three-Cone Drill podcast. Today’s guest is Matt Waldman of Football Guys, the RSP Blog, and Football Outsiders. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @MattWaldman.

You can download it here. Or listen on Libsyn’s page.

Our RSS feed is here, and our iTunes page is here. If you enjoy our podcast — a real labor of love on a daily basis that we actually pay money to create — please subscribe and rate it highly. We don’t have huge ambitions, we just want to be the No. 1 explicit sports podcast.

Speaking of: We should note that this is being given the “explicit” tag in iTunes. There is cursing. Don’t listen if you have delicate ears or are in a workplace environment.


SHOW NOTES

– What schemes and coaches does Matt admire? Why will I be saying Dick Bumpas for the rest of time?
– How situational awareness separates great players from good players.
– What was Matt’s background? How did Matt get into the “internet scouting” game?
– There are a ton of scouting sites. A ton of stats-based sites. How do we discern which ones we should pay attention to in an age where there’s so much data?
– Why did Matt stop venturing into the land of stats and find his niche in scouting?
– We go back and ask Matt Waldman a reader question about the victimhood in his Ray Rice column, leading to a larger discussion on victimhood and writing from perspective.

Musical credits: The Skull Fortress, Experiments of a Fiend


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This is Episode 5-2 of the Three-Cone Drill podcast. Today’s guest is Matt Waldman of Football Guys, the RSP Blog, and Football Outsiders. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @MattWaldman.

You can download it here. Or listen on Libsyn’s page.

Our RSS feed is here, and our iTunes page is here. If you enjoy our podcast — a real labor of love on a daily basis that we actually pay money to create — please subscribe and rate it highly. We don’t have huge ambitions, we just want to be the No. 1 explicit sports podcast.

Speaking of: We should note that this is being given the “explicit” tag in iTunes. There is cursing. Don’t listen if you have delicate ears or are in a workplace environment.


SHOW NOTES

– Why did Teddy Bridgewater fall in the draft? What are scouts telling Matt about why they don’t consider quarterbacks higher in the draft right now? Is the industry too risk-averse? Is the pre-draft process overblowing criticism?
– How do the draftnik outsiders and the NFL insiders have such a wildly divergent opinion on players?
– What Matt watches for when he’s watching a regular game, and what Matt watches for when he’s watching for the RSP.
– How does Matt decide who should be in the RSP? Who does he double-check his list for? What systems does he employ?
– The “grimy” side of football writing. The kind of effort necessary to be the best. (Praise for Mike Tanier.)
– How being a football writer is simultaneously like eating chocolate-chip cookies everyday and like the song “Moon River.”
Pieces Mentioned In This Post: Teddy Bridgewater’s NFL Personality Assessment

Musical credits: Children of the WickedBlack Genesis


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The Mayor of St. Louis is a Complete Dipshit — Drew Magary – It’s October, so you know it’s time to hate the St. Louis Cardinals. Here’s some fuel.

Antrel Rolle Attributes Prince Amukamara’s Breakout Season to Sex – Jordan Ranaan --  I thought it was amusing that this became such a big story. The whole repressed puritanical culture just loves to focus on sex.

There Are No Names On The Cups At The CIA’s Starbucks Because It’s The CIA’s Starbucks — Mary Beth-Quirk — Mmm. How very surprising that the CIA is all about taking down everyone else’s information, yet when it comes to themselves…

POP plays and the pro-style offense — Ian Boyd — Ian has been fantastic at Study Hall, and this is a great piece about a play that should be seeing more and more time in the NFL someday soon.

The War Photo No One Would Publish — Torie Rose-Deghett — Nightmare fuel picture.

Word of Muth: Ravens Crush Panthers — Ben Muth – Ben is getting into the crux of the offensive line improvement in Baltimore.

How to Put Your Writing In Public — Leo Babuta — There will always be people willing to trash you for having a voice. Don’t let that bother you. Share your gift with us.


The Classic Link

Matt Waldman’s RSP Film Room series is a terrific introduction to scouting football on your own. Here’s one he did with fellow Bleacher Report colleague Ryan Riddle.


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Bleacher Report Pieces This Week

Jaguars Putting Too Much Pressure on Blake Bortles to Carry Franchise Forward

Blake Bortles’ Poise, Decisiveness Shine Through Despite Jaguars Game Plan

Colts’ Off-Field Woes, Roster Holes a Product of Past Mistakes

Titans Should Consider Trading Justin Hunter Before It’s Too Late

Jacksonville Jaguars Defense Still Working Through Issues Defending the Pass


Writing on Other Sites

Audibles at the Line — Football Outsiders

Any Given Sunday: Bucs Over Steelers— Football Outsiders

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Note: At the behest of several listeners saying they’d like the show to be shorter, we have decided to cut the show into three separate weekly podcasts. This is the first one of those, and our interview with Matt Waldman will be coming out in two parts next week.

This is Episode 5-1 of the Three-Cone Drill podcast.

You can download it here. Or listen on Libsyn’s page.

Our RSS feed is here, and our iTunes page is here. If you enjoy our podcast — a real labor of love on a daily basis that we actually pay money to create — please subscribe and rate it highly. We don’t have huge ambitions, we just want to be the No. 1 explicit sports podcast.

Speaking of: We should note that this is being given the “explicit” tag in iTunes. There is cursing. Don’t listen if you have delicate ears or are in a workplace environment.


SHOW NOTES

00:35-27:55 — Mailbag segment: Would the NFL be helped by the college review system? Really, why Josh McCown? What teams do Rivers and Danny care about in other sports?
27:55-end — Why are teams so reluctant to pull the trigger on first-round quarterbacks lately?
–Aren’t the negligible salary costs giving you even more of a reason to draft a quarterback early when compared to, say, giving Alex Smith a boatload of money?
–Does the fact that the draft cycle seems to begin so much earlier in the media nowadays means every high-profile player’s flaws are picked apart more?
–So, let’s say Teddy Bridgewater is the next Matt Schaub, rather than a true franchise quarterback. Isn’t that a much better use of a draft pick than most other players on the board? Isn’t a cheap Matt Schaub almost a top-30 asset in the entire NFL?
–Then, given the bargain rate at which quarterbacks seem to be falling in the first round (Manziel, Bridgewater, Geno Smith, EJ Manuel for a failing example), why would you go into a season with a placeholder type quarterback all on his own? What incentive is there to possibly ignore the position?
— Your worst-case scenario is EJ Manuel. He’s gone and buried at this point, two years later. The Bills can find a new quarterback to replace him fairly soon. Why is everyone afraid of this outcome? Shouldn’t teams be speeding up their evaluation process on these investments given they no longer have massive disincentives to cut them?

Musical credits: Battling Organs, Curious


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Organize Like A Chef — Dan Charnas — As a guy who depends heavily on organization to feel stable enough to work, this article hit me in the right spot.

The Political-Messaging Huckster Behind Roger Goodell’s Awful Presser — Dave McKenna – Shocking to believe that Frank Luntz could be behind such shoddy PRmanship.

Leaving Free WP All Over the Field — Brian Burke – Clock-bleeding teams often don’t start bleeding fast enough, per Burke.

MLB’S Metal Detector Policy Is What “Letting The Terrorists Win” Looks Like  — Neil DeMause  — I wonder how skewed the ratio of TV fans to attending fans has gotten in baseball. I never see a packed house outside of a few specific stadiums.

Watching Tape With … the Chargers’ Dwight Freeney — Peter King – Here is, for example, an actual good thing you can do with access, Peter.

The Wage Gap Starts With Less Knowledge and Lower Expectations — Ron Lieber — Society just doing it’s job by reinforcing the roles of people to them early.

The Biggest Reasons You Haven’t Changed Your Habits — Leo Babuta – Very nice correlation to what we were talking about on the podcast this week.


The Classic Link

Chip Kelly does segments with Eagles TV. Some kind soul put them on YouTube, away from the evil NFL.com video lair that I can only seem to penetrate if I use Internet Explorer.


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Bleacher Report Pieces This Week

Colts Rediscover Their True Winning Philosophy: Crushing Other AFC South Teams

Game Too Fast for Jaguars Rookie Blake Bortles In First NFL Action

Can Alfred Blue Save Houston’s Run Game in Arian Foster’s Absence?

Bishop Sankey’s Weaknesses May Keep Him From a Bigger Role in Tennessee

The Texans Should Learn to Embrace the Spread Offense


Writing on Other Sites

Audibles at the Line — Football Outsiders

Any Given Sunday: Cardinals over 49ers— Football Outsiders