09 Feb 2014, 10:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, here we go. The time has come, and this isn't going to be like Jason Collins, some backup coming out in his late 30's. Michael Sam of Missouri, reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year and mid-round draft prospect, came out tonight in an interview with ESPN's Chris Connelly. Sam came out to his coaches and teammates in August, had a great season, and now will head to the NFL. We have to wait for the combine drills, but I must admit, I'm even a little bit more curious about the SackSEER projections now.
50 comments, Last at 13 Feb 2014, 11:36am by justanothersteve
06 Feb 2014, 10:23pm by Aaron Schatz
This is Deadspin's attempt to not only create a comprehensive list of African-American quarterbacks in the NFL, but to give them each a biography, ranging from one or two sentences about guys who washed out quickly to long, detailed discussion of men like Fritz Pollard, Michael Vick, and Steve McNair. They literally had to have the Gawker technical people raise the character limit for a post to make this thing publishable.
34 comments, Last at 12 Feb 2014, 10:50am by Kevin from Philly
06 Feb 2014, 02:07pm by Aaron Schatz
Congratulations to reader Douglas Daley of Haymarket, Virginia, who won our 2014 Playoff Challenge with his team "dougied." He'll get a free copy of next season's KUBIAK projections and FOA 2014.
6 comments, Last at 07 Feb 2014, 11:18am by ooter
04 Feb 2014, 01:33pm by Aaron Schatz
Yes, there will be Football Outsiders Madden Ultimate Team elite players for the Super Bowl, in packs this weekend. They are:
31 Jan 2014, 02:11am by Aaron Schatz
Denver's offense vs. Seattle's defense is a legendary matchup for the ages. But Seattle's offense vs. Denver's defense is the matchup that will probably decide this game, and the Seahawks have the advantage of being better and healthier.
77 comments, Last at 04 Feb 2014, 11:24am by The Ancient Mariner
27 Jan 2014, 11:32am by Aaron Schatz
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23 Jan 2014, 05:00pm by Aaron Schatz
Look, kids, Cleveland has a head coach! It's former Bills and Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Pettine helped take the Bills defense from 27th in DVOA in 2012 to fourth in 2013, and the Cleveland defensive personnel would seem to be a great fit for Pettine's aggressive hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense. Barkevious Mingo is going to go nuts. Whether Pettine has the CEO-like skills required of a head coach, and whether he can hire a useful offensive coordinator, I have no clue.
20 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2014, 6:54pm by LionInAZ
20 Jan 2014, 02:57pm by Aaron Schatz
Fun with chalk: The top two teams in DVOA make the Super Bowl for the first time since 2002 and only the third time since 1989.
130 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2014, 9:26pm by y8games
19 Jan 2014, 03:45pm by Aaron Schatz
I did an annual appearance on the Betting Dork podcast last week in between working on playoff previews and dealing with my usual nonsense. We didn't do much on the conference championships, but talked a bit about futures for 2014, Twitter criticism, and the limits of both stat analysis and all-22 footage.
17 Jan 2014, 06:50pm by Aaron Schatz
The secret to this year's NFC Championship game is that the Seattle defense played like more than the sum of its parts this year ... and the San Francisco defense played like a bit less than the sum of its parts.
45 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2014, 3:58pm by LionInAZ