Author: Doug Farrar

A Seattle resident since 1985, Doug Farrar has written about football since 2001. In 2006, he became Football Outsiders’ first West Coast draft pick, which allowed him to help spread the word about sabermetrics in football, write a weekly X-and-O column called “Cover-3“, cover the last four scouting combines, contribute to the last five editions of the Pro Football Prospectus/Football Outsiders Almanac series, and write several pieces for and ESPN the magazine. Doug moved from Coke to Pepsi in September 2009 when Yahoo! Sports invited him to add content to the “Shutdown Corner” blog, which covers all things NFL. Doug has also written several articles for Yahoo’s main NFL site, including a summer 2010 series called “Under Surveillance“, which examined the playbooks and play calls of every NFL team. Football is Doug’s first, but not only, sports passion. He’s also written about baseball since that long-lost era when the Mariners were a playoff contender. In the summer of 2010, he covered the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee for Yahoo. When he’s not watching ridiculous amounts of game tape and consulting stat spreadsheets, you might find Doug indulging his inner Carl Spackler at one of the Eastside’s finer municipal golf courses.

The New England Patriots teams that won three Super Bowls in four seasons in the early part of the new millennium were as good at mixing specialization and versatility as any team in recent memory. Receiver Troy Brown proved to be a willing and able defensive back in tight situations, and linebacker Mike Vrabel was one of Tom Brady’s best red zone targets for a number of years. For the Seattle Seahawks of 2010, where a roster sheet in hand is mandatory to know who you’re talking to after one of the biggest roster purges in franchise history, double duty…

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