13 Oct 2015, 11:04am by Aaron Schatz
Using a series of metrics, we look at the best offensive lines of 2015 so far. Cincinnati is No. 1, Atlanta a surprising No. 2. Even more surprising: Dallas doesn't make the top ten, which brings up even more questions about how much the offensive line makes the running back or vice versa.
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12 Oct 2015, 05:04pm by Aaron Schatz
At first, USC was going to let Steve Sarkisian get his life together and get over his alcohol addiction, but apparently the problem is too big for that. So USC fired Sarkisian today. There's plenty that can be said about the man's personal battle, but from a football standpoint this also opens up one of the top jobs in college football -- and one that's particularly enticing to NFL coaches who might be looking to go back to the college game. Let the Chip Kelly speculation begin.
62 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2015, 1:31pm by fest201620
08 Oct 2015, 03:16pm by Aaron Schatz
This week on the Off The Charts Podcast: Lots of discussion of the Cincinnati Bengals. Is Andy Dalton on a hot streak, or is this a new level of play for him? Is 2015 just like the other years where the Bengals seemed strong early and then faded? Is it rare for four teams (New England, Green Bay, Arizona, and the Bengals) to be so far ahead of the rest of the league in DVOA? Plus, a look at which running backs and wide receivers have improved significantly in our stats this season, with broken tackle numbers from the Sports Info Solutions charting project.
2 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2015, 1:37pm by Aaron Schatz
08 Oct 2015, 02:03pm by Aaron Schatz
The Packers are automatic Super Bowl contenders because of their offense. But they only become leading Super Bowl contenders if the defense can be better than average. And so far this season, the Packers defense is on an upswing, despite weaknesses against scrambling quarterbacks and third-and-long situations.
07 Oct 2015, 03:32pm by Aaron Schatz
I would like to thank Matt Bowen for sitting in for me on the ESPN Fantasy Football Weekly podcast this week while I was off dealing with the Tammy Wynette part of my life. This week, Anita Marks and Matt discuss which players it is time to give up on after four weeks of struggles, and which quarterbacks you want to target for the rest of the 2015 season. I'll be back on the podcast next week.
06 Oct 2015, 07:04pm by Aaron Schatz
New England takes over the top spot in DVOA, one of six undefeated teams that give us an almost 1-in-10 chance of a team going 16-0 in 2015. Cincinnati and Atlanta battling in the first all-undefeated Super Bowl? It could happen.
53 comments, Last at 08 Oct 2015, 9:34pm by Karl Cuba
05 Oct 2015, 11:49am by Aaron Schatz
Did you people not read the article by Mike Tanier linked next in Extra Points? This isn't enough. You must do more! Tight ends coach Dan Campbell takes over as interim head coach. With the same coordinators in place, I don't know what that accomplishes. Miami's rank in DVOA through Week 4: 28th overall, 28th in offense, 28th in defense, and 11th in special teams.
66 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2015, 1:37pm by fest201620
02 Oct 2015, 11:29pm by Aaron Schatz
It takes a lot of time to put together, but the KUBIAK midseason update is done. If you purchased KUBIAK in the preseason, you can download the update by clicking the MY FO DOWNLOADS button in the upper left of the site and then just re-downloading the 2015 KUBIAK file. (Click for more information.)
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01 Oct 2015, 06:36pm by Aaron Schatz
This week on the Off The Charts Podcast: More discussion of Arizona and their ideal opposites, the Chicago Bears. How rare is it to rank in the top five in all three phases of DVOA, like Arizona does? How far can the Chicago Bears fire sale go, and where are the best landing places for Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery? Plus: Why Derek Carr is so much better this year, and why the future is bright on both sides of the ball for Oakland despite a No. 28 rank in defensive DVOA so far.
2 comments, Last at 02 Oct 2015, 12:46pm by Sifter
30 Sep 2015, 01:07pm by Aaron Schatz
Anita Marks and Aaron Schatz recap Week 3 and preview Week 4. They also discuss which players you should cut loose, which ones you should buy low on, and who you should sell high on.