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26 Jun 2015, 04:45pm by Aaron Schatz


Here's an update on a number of Football Outsiders topics: the long-awaited back-end redesign, the release dates for Football Outsiders Almanac 2015 and the 2015 KUBIAK projections, and the FOA 2015 cover contest.

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17 Jun 2015, 11:25am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Why Rams Can't Build Offense Around Gurley

Todd Gurley could be the best running back since Adrian Peterson, but it won't matter. In the modern NFL, you simply can't build your offense around the running back. You build around the quarterback.

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38 comments, Last at 30 Jun 2015, 10:51am by BDC

29 May 2015, 02:45pm by Aaron Schatz

SI's Andy Benoit Seeks a Research Intern

Andy Benoit, former FO writer and now Sports Illustrated NFL analyst, is looking for a third party individual fact-checker / NFL researcher. The position requires an extensive knowledge of the NFL plus the drive to double-check even the seemingly most tedious of facts and explore and expound on other facts/stats/information. (Click to read more.)

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27 May 2015, 12:26pm by Aaron Schatz

Four Downs: NFC South

The Falcons are still trying to replace Tony Gonzalez, the Panthers must find a way to protect Cam Newton, the Bucs (as always) could use more pass rushers, and the Saints need anyone who can catch a football.

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10 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2015, 9:39pm by nath

26 May 2015, 01:33pm by Aaron Schatz

SITE NEWS: 2014 Stats/Sim Scores Added to Player Pages

It got delayed by a lot of other things going on around Football Outsiders headquarters, but we've finally got all the FO player pages fully updated with 2014 stats. We've also updated the similarity scores at the bottom of player pages. Pretty much every player with significant playing time last season, other than offensive linemen and special teams specialists, is now listed with top ten similar players going back to either 1978 (offense) or 1997 (defense). For example, you can find that the most similar stats to A.J. Green in 2012-2014 belong to Larry Fitzgerald in 2006-2008, and the most similar stats to Jared Allen in 2012-2014 belong to Robertr Porcher in 1999-2001. (Click to read more.)

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5 comments, Last at 12 Aug 2015, 2:28am by sam8899

21 May 2015, 05:53pm by Aaron Schatz

How Lavonte David Became So Inexplicably Good

Here's a good piece from SB Nation about our current No. 1 favorite underrated NFL player, Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David. The Miami high school product dreamed of playing for the U, but ended up following a winding road through community college and Nebraska to a home on Florida's other coast.

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4 comments, Last at 24 May 2015, 8:42pm by chemical burn

19 May 2015, 06:08pm by Aaron Schatz

Extra Points Will Move to the 15

The NFL owners today officially voted to move the line of scrimmage for extra points back to the 15, making the XP now equivalent to a 33-yard field goal. The line of scrimmage remains the 2 for the 2-point conversion. In addition, returning a blocked kick, fumble, or interception on a point-after try will now be worth two points for the defense.

I hate this rule change so much. Why do we need to make the point-after try complicated? If you want to increase excitement, just move the line of scrimmage to the 1 to encourage going for 2-point conversions.

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139 comments, Last at 31 Aug 2015, 3:26pm by Camille

18 May 2015, 04:18pm by Aaron Schatz

Justin Smith Officially Retiring

Justin Smith is officially retiring, which everyone pretty much expected anyway. I prefer players announcing their retirement right after their actual final season more than this recently popular practice of sitting around a couple years hoping you get one last contract, then signing a one-day deal with the team you are most identified with just so you can retire.

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138 comments, Last at 26 May 2015, 7:55pm by Mr Shush

18 May 2015, 12:28pm by Aaron Schatz

Packers Muscle Their Way Into Pitch Perfect 2

In case you were wondering how the Green Bay Packers ended up as an a cappella group in the new movie Pitch Perfect 2, it's apparently all David Bakhtiari's doing.

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2 comments, Last at 18 May 2015, 5:43pm by Dice

12 May 2015, 01:10pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Early NFC Projections for 2015

As I did a year ago, I've done a "quick version" of 2015 projections for ESPN Insider. These are not the official projections that will appear in FOA 2015. They simply regress DVOA to the mean for offense, defense, and special teams each separately, then make some small changes based on injury rates last year and certain personnel changes. The NFC projections are about as expected, except perhaps in the NFC South where we see both Atlanta and New Orleans rebounding. Easy schedules are a big help.

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25 comments, Last at 13 May 2015, 11:39pm by Will Allen