Erik Utter's Latest Articles

  • By Erik Utter
    Jan 31, 2020 at 11:03 AM 7 comments
    The Chiefs offense is a perfect match of scheme and personnel. It's an offensive coordinator's fever dream made a reality, and conversely, a defensive coordinator's nightmare. It all starts, obviously, with Patrick Mahomes. As is evident to everyone who has watched him, Mahomes has elite arm strength. But a common misconception about arm strength is that its value is in how far a quarterback can throw the ball. Its real value is in with what velocity a quarterback can throw. The less time the ball spends in the air, the less time defenders have to react and make a play on the pass. It seems to be a popular line of thinking among analysts in the media that arm strength is an overrated attribute; it's not. It's why Mahomes has been able to be...
  • By Erik Utter
    Jan 18, 2020 at 1:35 PM 4 comments
    In Green Bay's Week 12 drubbing at the hands of the 49ers, the game was effectively over at 23-0 before their offense was able to put any points on the board. The Packers will need to have a radically different game plan this time around. Here are some adjustments I'm expecting Green Bay to make for the NFC Championship game. The Packers can get a lot more creative with Davante Adams. Adams is far and away the most dynamic Green Bay receiver; he led the team with 83 catches this season, while no other wide receiver had more than 35. And that's with him missing four games. Adams was targeted 12 times in the Week 12 encounter but was able to turn those targets into only 43 receiving yards. The 49ers were able to keep Adams from getting behind them for a big play, largely due to...
  • By Erik Utter
    Jan 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM 5 comments
    Coming off a disappointing 2018 season for the 49ers defense, the primary area that needed improvement was the pass rush. The 49ers weren't able to generate consistent pressure with their front four, leaving their young and inexperienced defensive backs exposed on the back end, where they were routinely picked apart by veteran quarterbacks. Clearly, the 49ers brass recognized and attempted to address the lack of a pass rush over the past offseason, as they drafted Nick Bosa second overall and invested significant capital (both draft and financial) by trading a second-round pick for Dee Ford and extending him with a lucrative contract. The team's investment paid dividends early in the season, as a dominant 49ers defense led the team to an 8-0 start as the offense...
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