Dan Durkin joined The Score’s columnist community after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he was a member of the men’s football team (despite his best efforts to join the women’s team). Dan is a longtime Scorehead, known as Dan in Wicker Park – even though he no longer resides in Wicker Park – who will be sharing NFL analysis and opinions. You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau won’t take full credit for being the first coach to run the zone blitz scheme, as its roots trace back to Bill Arnsparger’s early 70’s Dolphins. But, undoubtedly, LeBeau was the first to perfect and commit to it as a defensive philosophy.
The 2013 Steelers certainly aren’t your dad’s Pittsburgh Steelers.
Just like they planned it, right? It seems fitting that such an odd, back-and-forth, punch-counter punch, roller coaster ride of a game went down to the wire and was decided by one point.
Flying pig skins filled the air in the opening weekend of NFL action. A record-setting 63 touchdown passes were thrown in Week 1. Here’s my take on how Week 2 will play out.
Surprisingly enough, the Bengals chose to double team tight end Martellus Bennett.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, their pedestrian passing attack can’t keep defenses honest.
Despite a new regime and refreshed philosophy, the Bears season opener had several elements of years past. Here’s my rapid reaction to a gutsy performance by the Bears to get to 1-0 and win the first game of the Marc Trestman-era.
It’s here. It’s finally here. The NFL is back!
Here’s my preseason prediction of how the 2013 NFL season will shake out.
The Cincinnati Bengals are the NFL equivalent of a “butterface.”
Today’s playbook topic focuses on zone and man blocking schemes, two different approaches to achieve a common goal of sealing off defenders to create running lanes.
During an NFL broadcast you’re assured of hearing commentators reflexively dropping phrases like “gap integrity,” “run fits,” “alignments,” and “fronts,” assuming their audience is following along.
Baseball is considered America’s pastime, but more accurately, it’s America’s past time. From whatever prism you view it through – ratings, revenue, popularity – the NFL undeniably rules the land of American sports.
Here are some of my observations and impressions from the second-to-last practice in Bourbonnais.
Trestman’s objective is simple: coordinate an offense that puts the talent in position to make plays.
After reviewing several of Wilson’s game tapes, here’s my summary of what impressed me, what didn’t impress me, areas for improvement, and what his prospects are for the 2013 season.
In a passing league, a defense can never have too many pass rushers.
Mills won’t be a starter in 2013, but he adds quality, young depth to a group that desperately needs it. Looking down the road, Mills projects as a right tackle or guard prospect.
After reviewing several of Greene’s game tapes, here’s my summary of what impressed me, what didn’t impress me, areas for improvement, and what his prospects are for the 2013 season.
Replacing a once-in-a-generation talent like Brian Urlacher is virtually impossible.