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Anthony Barr to 22? - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
I keep saying that there is no way LB Anthony Barr falls to 22, but there are some who believe he could be in for a slide like that. Why would he slide? Is he really that good of a player? Some of you are excited by him possibly falling, while others want to know if he’s a guy the Eagles should still be interested in. I like Anthony Barr. A lot.

Draft Daily: What If Anthony Barr Slips? - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
There's plenty to like about Barr - specifically the length and athleticism. But this is a player who will need to be coached up at the NFL level. If the Eagles were to draft him, I'm not sure he'd beat Cole out for the starting job by the time Week 1 rolled around.

Analyzing the last ten years of trading away future first round picks —
When a general manager trades away a future first round pick, it’s worth wondering if the transaction was the effect of the principal-agent problem. A general manager is supposed to act in the best interest of the franchise, but he may instead choose to act in his own self-interest. If he’s on the hot seat, trading a future first round pick for something right now may be a pretty attractive option, as he may not be around when the bill comes due.

Even in a 12-team playoff format, the best team in football fails to win the Super Bowl far more often than not. But would a 14-team bracket add another layer of randomness? Using the power of Monte Carlo simulation and the theoretical distribution of true talent in the NFL, we can estimate how often a team of a given ranking in "true talent" wins the Super Bowl under both the 12-team format and the proposed 14-team arrangement.

Which NFL Teams Really Have the Toughest and Easiest Schedules in 2014? | FiveThirtyEight
With the slate solidified, you can probably expect to see more of the standard strength-of-schedule analysis that averages the 2013 winning percentages of a team’s opponents. Unfortunately, those numbers aren’t especially useful, because they assume each team will be exactly as good in 2014 as it was in 2013; in reality, NFL teams vary quite a bit from season to season, and our ability to predict which ones will and won’t be good in a given year is extremely limited.

2014 NFL schedule: Behind the scenes of how four men get it made | The MMQB with Peter King
At NFL headquarters, four men and 40 computers work for 70 days, sifting through a half-million possibilities. The MMQB pulls back the curtain on the process, the roadblocks they had to navigate and why Seattle dodged a road swing from hell

Film Room: Grouping The Top D-Line Prospects -
Our 'Film Room' series continues with NFL Films Senior Producer Greg Cosell and Bo Wulf as they discuss the best players at each of the positions along the defensive line in the upcoming NFL Draft ...

The best revenge games on the 2014 NFL Schedule - Matt Ufford, SB Nation NFL
We can't fight the NFL's hegemony, so let's talk about the 2014 schedule. But forget the Seahawks in primetime and Manning-Brady MCMXVIII -- let's look at the players and coaches out for revenge in 2014. (Yes, Steve Smith is on this list.)

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