22 May 2014, 02:21pm by Aaron Schatz
Use of 11 personnel continued to explode in 2013 and it now counts for the majority of NFL plays. Even Baltimore put its fullback out to pasture.
12 comments, Last at 29 May 2014, 6:00pm by samuellogue
21 May 2014, 11:18am by Aaron Schatz
Early AFC projections to go with the early NFC projections from yesterday, along with some explanation of the basic reasons why teams are likely to improve and decline in 2014. Once again, please note that this is not the final, official Football Outsiders forecast for 2014, although the final forecast will surely also have Denver awesome and Oakland terrible.
4 comments, Last at 26 May 2014, 7:43pm by Jeff88
20 May 2014, 11:17am by Aaron Schatz
Here are the early projected standings that we used to give Todd McShay a draft order for the 2015 mock draft he did last week on ESPN Insider, along with some explanation of the basic reasons why teams are likely to improve and decline in 2014. Please pay attention when I say "this is not the final, official Football Outsiders forecast for 2014." Some people on the Internets saw that draft order and acted like we had brought the tablets down from Mount Sinai. AFC will run tomorrow.
15 May 2014, 12:36pm by Aaron Schatz
Antonio Cromartie was just one of the usually strong and consistent cornerbacks who had an inconsistent and poor 2013 according to our charting stats.
8 comments, Last at 21 May 2014, 1:15am by rhealyn101
10 May 2014, 12:20pm by Aaron Schatz
What is a quarterback succession plan, really, and did it make sense for the Patriots this year? Plus: Louis Nix falls and other staff thoughts from rounds two and three.
41 comments, Last at 22 May 2014, 7:10pm by liquidmuse3
09 May 2014, 05:08pm by Aaron Schatz
The 49ers needed another wide receiver so they weren't stuck with someone like Quinton Patton on the field all the time, and the Bills apparently feel that they have too many wide receivers now that they drafted Sammy Watkins, so Steve Johnson is off to the 49ers for a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick which could become a third.
Most similar WR to Steve Johnson 2011-2013 by Football Outsiders sim scores:
Vance Johnson 1988-1990
Reggie Langhorne 1988-1990
Muhsin Muhammad 1999-2001
Dwayne Bowe 2007-2009
Earnest Gray 1982-1984
Kevin Walter 2007-2009
Bert Emmanuel 1996-1998
27 comments, Last at 15 May 2014, 11:12pm by tuluse
09 May 2014, 09:23am by Aaron Schatz
The FO staff proclaims Cleveland and Minnesota the winners of the night. The losers? Any offensive linemen in the NFC West.
83 comments, Last at 22 May 2014, 6:51pm by liquidmuse3
08 May 2014, 04:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Read here about FO's special 2014 NFL Draft Audibles at the Line.
06 May 2014, 05:00pm by Aaron Schatz
Most of the top corners in the league shine in our 2013 charting stats, but one fairly unknown veteran ranks a surprising No. 1 in both metrics.
11 comments, Last at 14 May 2014, 3:28pm by jpestrak
06 May 2014, 03:08pm by Aaron Schatz
Great Don Banks longform writing from SI.com about the day in 1982 when the Tampa Bay Bucs drafted the wrong guy thanks to crappy speaker phone quality. The Bucs ended up making a trade to use another pick on the guy they wanted in the first place, and he was a complete bust. Meanwhile, the guy they took by accident became an All-Pro.
7 comments, Last at 09 May 2014, 4:47pm by jackgibbs