02 Sep 2015, 12:23pm by Aaron Schatz
Each year that ESPN has done its #NFLRANK list of the top 100 players in the NFL, Football Outsiders has provided an audit that lists players we think are overrated and underrated on that list. Here's our audit for 2015, starting with the high probability that Adrian Peterson is no longer the top running back in the game. Also overrated: Joe Haden and Joe Staley. Underrated: Andrew Whitworth, Josh Sitton, and Connor Barwin.
31 Aug 2015, 12:13pm by Aaron Schatz
Who wants to ride on the wheel of starting quarterbacks? Tyrod Taylor is now the starter in Buffalo, and Kirk Cousins will be the starter in Washington. (Click to read more.)
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28 Aug 2015, 03:33pm by Aaron Schatz
Someone sent me this link on Twitter, and it's a really good guide to understanding one of my pet peeves about football on television: announcers who can't understand the difference between a jet sweep, an end around, a reverse, and a double reverse. Familiarize yourself with the lingo! Note that there also are some folks who DO think there's a difference also between a "jet sweep" and a "fly sweep," though the linked article lists them as the same play.
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27 Aug 2015, 10:56pm by Aaron Schatz
Want to hear me talk about Football Outsiders Almanac 2015 and the upcoming season for about a half an hour? I made my annual appearance on The Sports-Casters podcast. You'll want to forward in about 30 minutes to hear my interview. They also talk to Adam Lazarus about his new book on the glory days of the Joe Gibbs Redskins.
26 Aug 2015, 01:00pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's the ESPN Insider version of our Top 25 Prospects list from Football Outsiders Almanac 2015. Once again, this is our annual list of the top prospects among later-drafted and undrafted players who aren't rookies anymore, but are still young with potential to blossom and become important pieces on their teams. Pittsburgh's Martavis Bryant is this year's No. 1.
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23 Aug 2015, 12:25pm by Aaron Schatz
Regarding an error on the stats regarding base, nickel, and dime defenses in Football Outsiders Almanac 2015. (Click to read more.)
21 Aug 2015, 02:43pm by Aaron Schatz
As is now an annual tradition, Deadspin brings the world a survey of the fabulous Football Outsiders Almanac 2015, with a paragraph from each of the 32 NFL chapters to give you a taste of the book if you haven't bought it yet. (And if you haven't bought it yet, why not? Sterling has tuition payments and Scott needs money for dinner.)
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19 Aug 2015, 05:34pm by Aaron Schatz
A couple of very unfortunate injuries today at practice: one predictable, one not. The latter would be Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who will now miss his second NFL season after tearing his ACL trying to cut on a pass route. I certainly don't need to explain to FO readers just how much the Panthers had a two-man passing game last year: Greg Olsen and Benjamin. This is a huge loss for the Panthers. Meanwhile, down in Miami, Louis Delmas tore his right ACL for the second time in nine months. The guy just can't stay healthy.
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16 Aug 2015, 01:51pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, so much for those stories about Philip Rivers not wanting to follow the San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles if they decide to move. Rivers is locked in now after signing a new four-year extension that includes $65 million in guaranteed money. Rivers has been that rare animal, the somewhat quietly great quarterback. He's been in the DVOA and DYAR top 10 in seven of his nine years as a starter. On the other hand, we'll have to see if he's able to age as well as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have. Rivers turns 34 near the end of the season and will be 38 when this contract ends.
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16 Aug 2015, 01:37pm by Aaron Schatz
More media appearances to promote Football Outsiders Almanac 2015! Here I am on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. We spoke about the Cowboys in 2015, the Curse of 370, the rise of nickel and dime defensive personnel, and whether the strategies of infamous high school coach Kevin "never punts" Kelley would work in the NFL.
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