28 Sep 2015, 08:04pm by Aaron Schatz
I asked Cian Fahey if he would look at the struggles of the Miami Dolphins for Film Room this week. Turns out he already had, in an article he wrote for Bleacher Report. This was a few days ago, but everything Cian says here applies also to Miami's embarrassing loss to Buffalo on Sunday. The offensive playcalling seems to completely ignore what was actually behind the improvement in the Miami offense in 2014. The defense can't do anything to put its best players in position to make big plays. Nor is the Miami defense doing much to hide the weaknesses of its lesser players.
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28 Sep 2015, 05:34pm by Aaron Schatz
The Panthers have found a veteran pass-rusher, something they've been looking for since Greg Hardy was put on the exempt list early last season. Jared Allen never fit into the 3-4 in Chicago and has been sent to Carolina for a conditional draft pick. Allen still has something in the tank; we counted him last year with 27.5 hurries to go with 5.5 sacks and 15 other QB knockdowns.
50 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2015, 1:44pm by fest201620
25 Sep 2015, 12:55pm by Aaron Schatz
Trey Causey wants to know why football seems to be the one sport -- maybe the one industry -- where data analytics is not having any real impact. He makes some good points. How many times do we need to make the same arguments about fourth-down strategy? On the other hand, I do think analytics are having some under-the-radar impact in front-office decisions. Just because some front offices make bad decisions to trade up in the draft doesn't mean analytics isn't taking hold in other front offices. But yes, it sure seems ridiculous that we're still arguing over obvious things and low-hanging fruit.
43 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2015, 6:10am by fest201620
24 Sep 2015, 12:56pm by Aaron Schatz
This week on the Off The Charts podcast: What do we really know about the Arizona Cardinals, and how real is their huge Week 2 lead in DVOA? Which surprise 0-2 teams are most likely to get their acts together and make a playoff run? What does the Tony Romo injury mean for the Cowboys. Plus, lots of NFC South talk about the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, and answering some questions from Twitter.
3 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2015, 12:55pm by BJR
24 Sep 2015, 10:10am by Aaron Schatz
For ESPN Insider, looking at the nine 2-0 teams and their current playoff odds. Which ones are "for real" and which ones just feasted on early competition? (And which ones won their early games close but have ridiculously easy schedules so it doesn't matter if they are "for real" or not? We're looking at you, Atlanta and Carolina.)
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23 Sep 2015, 03:35pm by Aaron Schatz
Football Outsiders has always been absurdly negligent when it comes to our Facebook presence, but we're trying to change that, slowly but surely. Starting this season, we've been posting links to most of our new content through both Facebook and Twitter. So if you get a lot of your news and links through Facebook, please make sure to Like our Facebook page. You can just search for Football Outsiders, or click the link here.
22 Sep 2015, 10:33pm by Aaron Schatz
The Arizona Cardinals have dominated the NFL through two weeks. But if we don't know how good (or, more likely, bad) their opponents are, how much does that mean in the long run?
85 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2015, 5:19pm by LyleNM
22 Sep 2015, 09:44pm by Aaron Schatz
In this week's ESPN Fantasy Football Weekly, Anita Marks and I discuss which quarterbacks are best to cover for your injured starters over the next few weeks. The players with the easiest schedules through the end of October may surprise you. Plus, we look at hot receivers and running backs, asking who's for real and who is likely just a flash in the fantasy football pan.
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22 Sep 2015, 09:31pm by Aaron Schatz
In a not ridiculous move, the Dallas Cowboys traded for quarterback Matt Cassel today, dealing a 2017 fifth-round pick to Buffalo for Cassel and a 2017 seventh-round pick. (Because of previous trades, the Cowboys didn't have a 2016 pick past the fourth round to offer in a deal.) Cassel offers good insurance in case Brandon Weeden is terrible as the new Dallas starter, although it's expensive insurance because Cassel has a $2 million contract. Yes, Cassel is mediocre at best, but that mediocrity may be better than Brandon Weeden's best.
58 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2015, 6:19am by fest201620
20 Sep 2015, 11:39am by Aaron Schatz
Michael McKnight wrote a great piece for the Sports Illustrated NFL preview issue about how messed up tackling stats are. I'm quoted in here, along with the guys from PFF. There are problems with tackling stats that can't be fixed by the league -- the league isn't going to ever track "tackle opportunities" or "broken tackles," let's be real. The biggest problem with tackling stats that the league can actually fix is the fact that the NFL is depending on official scorers to get them right on game day. The official scorers are only human.
4 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2016, 5:54am by fest201620