23 Oct 2012, 06:04pm by Aaron Schatz
San Francisco is back on top of the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, ahead of Green Bay, New York, and a Chicago team enjoying one of the best defensive years in our database.
110 comments, Last at 29 Oct 2012, 3:23pm by Sean Landeta's Revenge
23 Oct 2012, 05:24pm by Aaron Schatz
What do Doug Williams and I have in common? Not much, but we are both on this week's Peter King podcast discussing Robert Griffin III. I also give some thoughts about clutch quarterbacking (and baseball closers) and share the name of the only quarterback who seems to play better in the fourth quarter than he does overall, year after year after year. Link to listen to podcast is on the right side of the page, about halfway down; you can find it on iTunes as well.
7 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2013, 4:38pm by chat random
22 Oct 2012, 04:32pm by Aaron Schatz
Our friend Kevin Pelton has more thoughts on Russell Wilson. The Seahawks are running a lot on first down to try to protect him, but perhaps that's the wrong strategy, and they need to think more about zigging when the defense expects a zag.
6 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2012, 12:04pm by nuclearbdgr
22 Oct 2012, 01:58pm by Aaron Schatz
ESPN's Total QBR was supposed to be the ultimate rating that quantified the most complicated position in sports. Instead, it more or less disappeared except on ESPN's website. What happened? Really good article by Aaron Gordon, and I'm not just saying that because I'm quoted a lot in it, although it does feature my "proprietary stats as ham sandwich" metaphor, which I think I've used in five or six different conversations since I did the interview for this article.
58 comments, Last at 24 Oct 2012, 11:23pm by Bowl Game Anomaly
22 Oct 2012, 10:31am by Aaron Schatz
It's about time. I'm not sure I can do a better job of summing up Hurney's poor decisions than Bill Barnwell does in this Grantland piece, but here's an attempt at a short version: He gave huge contracts to players with poor medical histories, he spent a ton of money on running backs even as the NFL became more and more pass-centric, and he constantly dealt a better pick next year so he could get a pick this year and take a player who never ended up amounting to anything anyway.
31 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2013, 5:19am by melaaniesmith
22 Oct 2012, 10:29am by Aaron Schatz
Peter King looks at Malcolm Jenkins' great play to prevent Vincent Jackson from scoring on a 95-yard pass play, as well as the faceplant by Baltimore and the almost-comeback from Robert Griffin III.
14 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2012, 9:41am by Eddo
19 Oct 2012, 12:35pm by Aaron Schatz
A lot of teams like to script their first 15 plays of the game. Does that mean that first-quarter offense might be more consistent than offense the rest of the game?
23 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2012, 5:27pm by nat
18 Oct 2012, 07:13pm by Aaron Schatz
It's been one of the most-requested items for FO over the last couple years: a weekly podcast. Andy Benoit and I have been talking about putting one together, teaming up for a weekly preview of games that combined his scouting and my stats. However, neither of us knows much about putting a podcast together. So we're putting out this call to FO readers who can help. (Click to read more.)
18 Oct 2012, 12:11pm by Aaron Schatz
For those of you who have never gotten enough interviews with me where I talk about how I got started, hey, here's another one! Plus, you get to find out who I think is the greatest Sith in NFL history (hint: someone more emotional and passionate than Bill Belichick) and my greatest complaint about the New England Patriots organization.
6 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2012, 6:09am by The Ninjalectual
18 Oct 2012, 10:49am by Aaron Schatz
ESPN Upset Watch is on a four-game winning streak, but just like last week I don't think the line in this game in particularly wrong. This is less about why the Ravens will topple the Texans, and more about how the Ravens offense can attack the Texans defense in order to overcome the injury issues that the Ravens have on their own defense and outscore Houston. Cover watch looks at the double-digit line on the biggest game of the week, Jets-Patriots. And how do we know it's the biggest game of the week? 'CAUSE THAT'S WHERE I'M GONNA BE. (These last three sentences are copyright 2012 Sal Paolantonio.)
4 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2013, 12:26pm by yedam