Douglas Dolitsky University of Pennsylvania '17
NCAA FB SQ
NCAA BB SQ
The issues with the Giants running game stem primarily from an offensive line that really struggles to run-block. Hopefully Will Beatty can return soon and can help provide some quality blocking for the running backs. Until then, the Giants really need to ride their good passing game to success, because their running game is forcing the offense into too many tough 3rd down situations.
in The Sleeping Giants
10/27/15, 2:49 PM
Mark, I read your article. I found it very interesting. I do agree with you that, given the current rules, coaches should be hacking away at players like DeAndre Jordan. If I were James Harden, I’d be thrilled that my coach was using the strategy. However, the game is meant to provide entertainment, and it is clear that fans don’t enjoy watching this.
I don’t agree that hitting free-throws is a choice. Free-throw shooting is a skill, just like ball-handling or defense. I’m sure DeAndre practices his free-throws. Plus, he shoots enough of them in the games that, if it were just about repetitions, he should be hitting them all by now. NFL kickers do nothing but kick, yet they sometimes miss field goals. Bowlers do nothing but bowl, but they don’t always get strikes. Pitchers throw the same pitch thousands of times, and yet they don’t always hit their targets.
If just making free-throws was a physically possible strategy, coaches would have implemented it by now, the same way that the opposing coaches have implemented Hack-a-Shaq. Clearly, it’s not, so there needs to be a change in the rules.
in Fix It: What The Hack?
6/18/15, 8:12 PM
This is a sad day to be a New York Yankees fan. Generally it is the Yankees who make huge offseason splashes by signing several of the top available free agents. Instead, the Yankees have done nothing while a division rival has likely just leapfrogged them in the AL East. Both Sandoval and Ramirez could have made valuable additions to the Yankees’ aging infield. Now it looks like they will have to settle for Stephen Drew, a player the Red Sox were more than happy to let move on.
in Red Sox Agree to Deal WIth Pablo Sandoval
11/24/14, 3:00 PM
The Cowboys’ rushing game has, in fact been incredible. But DeMarco Murray is taking a lot of the credit that should be going to the Cowboys’ incredible offensive-line. It is impossible for RBs to do much damage without holes to exploit, and conversely, it is much easier to pick up a lot of yards if your o-line is giving you space to run. Just to put this effect in perspective, Murray’s backup, Joseph Randle, is averaging a whopping 6.7 yards per carry (although on a tiny 18 carry sample size). This is not to say that Murray hasn’t played well, but rather that the offensive line deserves the majority of the credit for the Cowboys’ success on the ground this season. Therefore, I do not think Murray is the MVP.
in Murray For MVP
10/24/14, 3:02 AM
I acknowledged that. But there is no indication from history that holes are more likely to vanish from QBs’ games if they are benched.
in It’s Time to Put the “Rest Debate” to Rest
9/12/14, 3:36 AM
I’m definitely with you on this. As a Giants fan living in Philadelphia, it is an extremely satisfying feeling seeing the Eagles lose. My smile quickly faded during the second half of the Eagles-Jags game this week (and definitely didn’t come back during the Giants-Lions matchup). That game definitely brings back horrid memories from the Miracle at the Meadowlands II. I will forever cringe upon hearing the words “Matt Dodge.”
in The Challenge Of Rooting Against The Philadelphia Eagles
9/11/14, 6:00 PM
I totally understand why Rajon Rondo would want out of Boston. He’s well into his prime, and the Celtics are one year into a rebuilding plan that is likely a few years away from completion. However, it would be wise for the Celtics to wait until closer to the deadline before trading Rondo. Rondo was not at his best last season after returning from a torn ACL, and this season he will have an excellent chance to restore his value playing on a team devoid of stars. If Rondo shows that he can still play like the top 5 PG he used to be, the Celtics might actually get more in return for him later on.
in Rajon Rondo Reportedly Wants Out of Boston
8/31/14, 8:56 PM
At this point, I think it’s hard to put Manu Ginobili in the Spurs’ “Big Three” over Kawhi Leonard. I also think the Clippers’ trio of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan deserves to crack this list.
in Ranking The Top Big 3’s In The NBA
8/31/14, 8:50 PM
I agree that what Rose did was wrong and against the rules. But the Hall of Fame must stop acting like some sort of police force. It is a museum of the greatest baseball players of all time, and Pete Rose unquestionably fits into that category. It is mutually beneficial for the HOF to enshrine players like Rose and Joe Jackson (and all the great PED users too, for that matter), as people want to see the plaques of the greatest players. And I agree with Luke that the best way to punish these players is to mention their transgressions on their plaques.
in The Case Against Pete Rose And The Hall Of Fame
8/31/14, 8:43 PM
Definitely a great pickup by OKC. I can see Morrow playing the role Kevin Martin played for them a couple of seasons ago. After that season, Minnesota signed Martin to a 4-year, $28 million contract. This is a golden opportunity for Morrow to show his value.
in Edge Of Morrow: Why Anthony Morrow Is Underpaid
8/12/14, 11:44 AM
Quarterforward: Has Andy Dalton Taken His Game To The Next Level?
by 27 October 2015, 2:25 PM
How a big increase in his QBR suggests Andy Dalton has upped his game.
More Than A Feeling: Are Rushing Plays Becoming More Extreme?
by 12 October 2015, 1:37 PM
Analyzing trends in rush play distributions in recent seasons.
NFL Puberty: Welcome To The Awkward Phase Of The Season
by 27 September 2015, 12:00 PM
“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Owen.” “Owen who?” “Owen two!” Is it time to give up?
Don’t Get Robbed: Why Rob Gronkowski Should Not Be Your First Round Draft Pick
by 19 August 2015, 6:29 PM
You can afford to wait at tight end.
Fix It: No Standing PAT
by 19 July 2015, 2:05 PM
Are the new changes to the NFL’s Point After Touchdown drastic enough?
Fix It: What The Hack?
by 18 June 2015, 4:35 PM
What can the NBA do to defeat the evil Hack-a-Shaq strategy?
Fix It: Should The NBA Re-Schedule?
by 31 May 2015, 1:00 PM
The NBA’s schedule seems to de-emphasize the significance of divisions.
Popping The Question: Who Is To Blame For Spurs Early Exit?
by 15 May 2015, 1:40 PM
Why did the San Antonio Spurs go home so early this year?
May the Worst Team Win?