28 Jun 2016, 10:20am by Aaron Schatz
The great defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan passed away this morning at the age of 82. Ryan, of course, created the 46 defensive scheme for perhaps the best defensive team in NFL history, the 1985 Chicago Bears. He was also head coach for one of the often forgotten great defenses that followed, the late-80's Philadelphia Eagles. His twin sons Rex and Rob will coach together in Buffalo this season, and I expect to hear a lot about a season dedicated to their father's memory.
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20 Jun 2016, 01:35pm by Aaron Schatz
I'm proud to be part of ESPN Insider's "NFL Front Office" again this year. Our first discussion: are the Jets blowing it by not re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick?
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13 Jun 2016, 10:09pm by Aaron Schatz
The Eagles announced a new contract extension tonight for defensive lineman Fletcher Cox. It's a six-year extension worth up to $103 million. Usually those numbers are a lot of nonsense but this time, there is a LOT of guaranteed money here. There's $36.3 million guaranteed at signing and another $19.3 million will be guaranteed by next March. Cox played defensive end in last year's 3-4 and will move back to defensive tackle with the Eagles returning to a 4-3 this season. He had 9.5 sacks and our charting (combining ESPN and SIS data) ranked him tied for fifth in the NFL with 34 hurries.
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08 Jun 2016, 01:33pm by Aaron Schatz
I enjoyed this SI feature by our old friend Doug Farrar. If you could put together an NFL coaching staff using any coaches, even if some of them were demoted to lower positions, who would you put where? He starts with Belichick, with Bruce Arians and Wade Phillips as his coordinators. But on my dream team, Belichick only gets to be head coach. He has to work with Ozzie Newsome as his GM. It's cool, they've worked together in the past. This time they won't be signing Andre Rison.
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07 Jun 2016, 04:07pm by Aaron Schatz
Football Outsiders is looking for a programmer to help us with database projects that will improve our stats pages. (Click to read more.)
27 May 2016, 11:45am by Aaron Schatz
I had a lot of fun putting this one together... you think that teams like the 2016 Browns and 2016 Jets have historically bereft depth charts, but the fact is that three or four teams every year have dismal quarterback situations. Yet we forget them a couple of years later. Remember when Mike Shanahan thought Rex Grossman and John Beck were a good quarterback combo? Remember the Chiefs starting Brodie Croyle in Week 1? Remember J.T. O'Sullivan? Yikes.
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24 May 2016, 05:42pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey, readers. Our old pal Andy Benoit, former FO writer and now Sports Illustrated writer, is looking for new members for his team of researchers and fact-checkers. The position is on a volunteer basis for anyone looking to gain experience in football media. Much like an internship with FO, it requires an extensive knowledge of the NFL plus the drive to double-check even the seemingly most tedious of facts.
Also, Benoit is looking for a social media guru to help expand his Facebook and Twitter reach.
19 May 2016, 02:17pm by Aaron Schatz
Football Outsiders seeks a couple of new interns to specifically handle two parts of our website: 1) Compiling the Week in Quotes during the season as well as occasional Month in Quotes articles in the offseason; 2) Searching independent team blogs occasionally for quality articles we can highlight with links and discussion on our Extra Points blog.
The internship is unpaid, but college credit is available if your university allows for it. Solid work could lead to writing opportunities down the line!
12 May 2016, 10:42am by Aaron Schatz
We did our early AFC projections on Wednesday, now here are the early NFC projections. They look very familiar... but probably closer to 2014 than to 2015. We're expecting Green Bay and Dallas to rebound with better health. Carolina is likely to decline but still lead the NFC South. Out west, the two best teams in the NFL may see the race for the No. 1 seed decided by a federal court and a big suspension in the other conference.
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11 May 2016, 03:25pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, here we go. It's time to take off the wrapping and unveil our first run of 2016 NFL projections. This ESPN Insider article goes in-depth into the projections which were also featured last week in Todd McShay's "way too early" 2017 mock draft. I explain why Denver is likely to significantly decline, why the AFC North could put three teams in the playoffs again, and why the Colts may not be the obvious pick in the AFC South despite Andrew Luck's return. NFC projections will run on Thursday. There's some video too.
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