27 Jan 2014
by Aaron Schatz
Welcome to the 11th annual Football Outsiders Awards. Readers get to have their say in categories both conventional -- like MVP or Rookie of the Year -- and unconventional. We've got the Keep Choppin' Wood award for the worst player of the year, awards for most overrated and underrated players, and of course the "John Mellencamp Must Die" Award for most annoying commercial.
Three important notes:
1) Please refrain from writing things like "I don't know" or joke answers like retired players. If you don't want to answer a question, leave it blank. Seriously, those joke answers make compiling the results take a couple extra hours and I would rather be doing something else.
2) If you enter two names in any of the open questions EXCEPT for best offensive lineman (which has two spaces, of course) then we will not count your answer. We also do not count answers for "any player on Team X" or some such thing.
3) Only ballots with at least half of the questions answered will be counted in this year's awards.
After the awards questions, we have some questions to ask you that will help guide Football Outsiders as we move forward. If the questions seem familiar, that's because they are pretty much the same questions we asked last year. Unfortunately, the answers were lost in part because of the switchover in technical directors.
That's the same switchover that also postponed our long-awaited upgrade to Drupal 7 with a more stable back-end, but it is finally coming this spring. Many of our readers' most-requested changes are already on the docket, even though they don't appear in the questions below. We'll be streamlining the store, speeding up loading of the site, and hopefully (no guarantees) adding auto-refresh to comments. After that we plan on improving the mobile version of Football Outsiders.