Biomechanical Season Preview 2017 (part 1)

Hi guys, I’m still totally swamped (shocker, I know), so I’m breaking my predictions into three parts.  This first section is for the studied RBs in the season opener (plus a bonus entry).  The next part will contain the other studied players from around the league.  And the third part will contain my Broncos analyses, with special emphasis on the QBs. Parts two and three will go up before Sunday’s games start, so that all predictions are posted before the relevant players have begun their seasons.

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2016 Biomechanical Preview

2016 Biomechanical NFL Preview

Hello friends.  It’s become clear that I was a bit hasty in deciding to post biomechanical analyses.  This site is filled with intelligent discerning readers, but without being able to visually represent this stuff, I can’t explain it to anyone’s satisfaction.  I can’t even really post predictions, since each one is a set of complicated if/thens that are dependent on factors I can’t clarify (see my Siemian write-up for an example).

So I’ve boiled down my predictions to a few that can be communicated without biomechanical jargon:

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Biomechanical Reviews Part 2

Paxton Lynch and Mile High Stadium

Feb 2, 2014.  John Elway looks out over a familiar scene.  Streams of green and yellow confetti obscure the scoreboard, which reads 43-8. Elway’s former AFC West patsies slowly jog off the field, meeting instead the inward flickering vortex of press and fans.  Elway is thinking of Dan Reeves.

If someone asked you to name the single biggest advantage possessed by the Denver Broncos, not just this season but every season, what would you name? I’ll bet John Elway could tell you- it’s in the name of the stadium.  The Broncos play a minimum of 8 home games a year at 5280 feet.  The next highest altitude for an NFL stadium is 1,070 feet, at the University of Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale AZ.   

This is an enormous advantage: to train at altitude, and have your opponents train 4000+ feet below you.  

Dan Reeves didn’t get it.  Mike Shanahan understood.

Elway just didn’t have time to put the pieces in place.  Having already hired Alex Gibbs away from the Seahawks in Spring 2013, Elway had to watch the blocking scheme he made famous- the one Alex Gibbs and Mike Shanahan co-created in 1995 and the one that Elway ran to perfection, winning Superbowls in 1998 and 1999- conquer his own Peyton Manning-led creation.

But he had already seen the writing on the wall.  Alex Gibbs was already in the building.

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