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RANKING UP THE NFL ‘O’

By Marc Lawrence — With the kickoff to the 2020 NFL season just days away, it is officially time for us to unveil our offensive and defensive rankings. The process of ranking all 32 NFL offenses brought about some hotly contested debates at Pro Football Focus (PFF). Several factors were considered, such as quarterback situation, PFF play-by-play grading, PFF WAR added and lost, the unit’s play-caller and per-play efficiency in 2019. We all know that Kansas City and Baltimore top the charts. Surprisingly, however, the Cowboys could very well end the 2020 campaign with the best offense in the entire NFL. In fact, they were even in the conversation for it last year, as they joined only the Ravens by ranking in the top three in both EPA per pass and rush. Dallas made the right move by hiring Mike McCarthy and retaining Kellen Moore as the play-caller. And on top of that, the team was gifted wide receiver CeeDee Lamb at Pick 17 of the 2020 NFL Draft. His addition gives Dallas the best receiving unit in the NFL. Lamb forms a potent trio with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. And while quarterback Dak Prescott does get his fair share of criticism, he can produce at a top-tier level with the right supporting cast and play-calling, both of which he has in 2020. To see how the entire NFL’s offenses stack up against each other as we enter the 2020 NFL season click here.

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Forbes reports three Clemson professors have suggested that college coaches’ salaries could be capped to help athletic departments weather the financial threats they are facing. Would that plan withstand a legal challenge? Almost certainly not, experts tell us. “A salary cap for college coaches would not be subject to the Sherman Act because it allows for competition in the form of other competitive leagues,” said one professor. The top NCAA Division 1 schools earn approximately $8.5 billion in annual revenue, with 58% percent of that revenue coming directly from men’s football and men’s basketball programs. Less than 7% of the NCAA’s revenue makes its way to football and men’s basketball players through scholarships and living stipends, a study finds. If the money were instead divvied up along the lines of the NFL or NBA models, starting quarterbacks would earn $2.4 million a year. What are the chances of that happening? Slim-and-none… and slim just left town.

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From the complimentary PLAYBOOK ADVANTAGE publication for September: LSU, the defending national champion, has to replace record-setting quarterback Joe Burrow, offensive wunderkind Joe Brady and star playmakers in running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, linebacker Patrick Queen, edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, wide receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit. The Tigers had a record-tying 14 players taken in April’s NFL draft. And then star WR Ja’Marr Chase announced he is sitting out this season due to coronavirus concerns. Chase had 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns last season as LSU’s offense shattered records. Look out below.

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