Bill O’Brian’s Impact on the Texan’s Offense

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          Bill O’Brian bounced around in college coaching on the offensive side of the ball all but once. He got his start at Brown University in 1993 as the tight end coach. He later moved on to Georgia, where he eventually became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2001. Bill jumped to Duke as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Those teams struggled quite a bit but lacked talent at skill positions. In 2012 O’Brian left the patriots to head the crumbling Penn State program in his first headRead More

Norv Turner’s Impact on the Viking’s Offense

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Mike Zimmer may have gotten the big bucks head coach position, but for our sake Norv Turner is the man that will help you win games next year. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though and take a look at what Zimmer will bring to the table. Zimmer started his career in Dallas as the assistant nickel coach in 1994. His talent was quickly realized as the Cowboy’s wasted no time in promoting him to defensive backs coach the following year. He was then moved to the defensive coordinator position from 2001 to 2006, where he survived multiple head coachingRead More

Reality Bites: Conference Championship Round

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I’d say that was a pretty great Conference Championship, wouldn’t you? One game was a borderline classic, and the other, while not actually that close, did its best to at least appear close so that we could all have something to enjoy. Let’s break down the games and see if our fantasy expectations were met, or if we once again proved how futile it is to predict sources of fantasy production. BRONCOS 26, Patriots 16 Denver, led by QB Peyton Manning, looked utterly dominant throughout most of this game, though they did falter often at the end of drives. 26Read More

What to Expect: Conference Championship Round

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It’s time for what I, and many others, consider the best weekend of football of the year, even better than the Super Bowl itself. This Sunday, we will be treated to two heavyweight bouts featuring, perhaps, the ideal matchups in both conferences. In the AFC, it’s yet another battle between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, easily the two biggest star QBs in the NFL during their careers. And in the NFC, it’s a matchup between the two best teams in the NFC, who happen to play in the same division, and feature two potential star QBs for the next generation.Read More

Hue Jackson’s Impact on the Bengal’s Offense

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Dan Snyder has done it again. Let me just give it to you straight, Jay Gruden was an uninformed, ill-fated hire. Let’s go over the weapons he had at his disposal while spitting out the 14th best offense, adjusted for strength of schedule, per numberfire.com. They include Giovani Bernard, BJGE, A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Jermaine Gresham, Tyler Eifert, and a promising young QB in Andy Dalton. I can hear the screams already, but they had “the 4th best offense according to nfl.com!!” Using total stats without looking at the defenses they faced is only paying attention to halfRead More

Reality Bites: Divisional Round

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Well, here we are, left with the presumed four best teams as predicted back in September, as if the whole damn season didn’t even matter. But let’s take a look at how we got here, by breaking down the four Divisional Round games from a fantasy perspective and comparing what I predicted with the actual results. SEAHAWKS 23, Saints 15 To start with, I was wrong about the New Orleans defense. I said they wouldn’t be good enough to hang in a defensive battle, and they largely did. If you had offered the Saints a deal, telling them they needRead More

What to Expect: Divisional Round

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Wild Card Weekend saw three road teams out of four winning, but that included two wild card teams with better records than the division winners they faced, and a Cinderella team that found itself just in time to make a late-season run against a turnover-prone QB who delivered as promised. In the Divisional Round, the home teams are at home for a reason, and on top of that they’re rested. So how will this weekend’s games play out? Let’s take a look. New Orleans at Seattle When these teams met in Week 13, the Seahawks soundly thumped the Saints 34-7Read More

Reality Bites: Wild Card Weekend

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Wow. What a great weekend of football. The NFL’s Wild Card Weekend was exciting and intense, and it reminded us fantasy football nuts that what we do is just a manufactured reason to make on-field results about us when really it should be about these gladiators playing their hearts out on the field of pla…nah, I’m just messing with you. Playoff fantasy matchups were all over the place this weekend! So many presumed fantasy studs had modest days, while many players on the bubble of being inserted into fantasy lineups had huge days that either helped their fantasy GMs win,Read More

What To Expect: Wild Card Weekend

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There used to be a time when the NFL playoffs would begin and fantasy enthusiasts such as myself would go back to watching football like a normal person. But over the past few years, many of these same enthusiasts have struggled with watching football and not pulling out their phones and looking up stats, and so we have seen the rise of fantasy games played during the NFL playoff season. This Saturday marks the start of Wild Card Weekend, so let’s take a look at the four games on the slate and see who we think is going to makeRead More

Reality Bites: Week 17

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Week 17, when fantasy football ideally isn’t even being played! But your league is still playing, and you’re sick of your friends reminding you that that is dumb. So I’ll just drop it and we’ll look back on the weekend that was and see where things went differently than expected, shall we? After all, you have a fantasy league championship on the line! Depending on how this week played out, you may or may not be the champion of a dumb fantasy football league filled with dumb fantasy GMs who don’t see what the big problem is with playing fantasyRead More