01 Jul 2014, 10:07pm by Aaron Schatz
Sigh. Honestly, what is going on with linebackers and injuries this offseason? This is a huge blow to the Bills' defense, which was much better than most people realized last season. We know Nigel Bradham is nowhere near as good as Alonso, and it's hard to imagine that third-round rookie Preston Brown will be -- although hey, Alonso was a somewhat unknown second-rounder last year at this time. You never know.
2 comments, Last at 01 Jul 2014, 10:44pm by Raiderjoe
24 Jun 2014, 05:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Doug Farrar, Cian Fahey, and I had a bit of an e-mail round robin about Flowers about a month ago, before Kansas City cut him. Flowers had phenomenal charting stats in 2012 -- top ten in both Adjusted Success Rate and Adjusted Yards per Pass -- and then horrific charting stats in 2013. Looking closer with two film guys, though, it looked like less of a case of getting old and more a case of player and scheme really not matching. The Chiefs had always played Flowers on one side, period. Suddenly in 2013 they were moving him all over, sometimes into the slot.
4 comments, Last at 25 Jun 2014, 9:08pm by Scott C
19 Jun 2014, 04:07pm by Aaron Schatz
This isn't a hugely important player loss, but it is a sad one. While Eddie Lacy is on the precipice of stardom, the other running back Green Bay drafted last year, Johnathan Franklin, will probably never play again due to a neck injury sustained during a kickoff last year in Week 12. The Packers will be giving him a waived/injured designation, and in a tweet today Franklin indicated that he needs to move to the next phase of his life. I hope he invested his rookie salary well.
2 comments, Last at 20 Jun 2014, 6:13pm by Whatev
18 Jun 2014, 11:15am by Aaron Schatz
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name "disparaging to Native Americans." It was a case filed by five Native Americans. This will limit the team's options regarding merchandising. Now that we're talking money, maybe we can finally get Dan Snyder to change the damn thing.
83 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2014, 4:53pm by tuluse
30 May 2014, 01:33pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, this is as big as the Cowboys losing Sean Lee to a torn ACL. Arizona inside linebacker Daryl Washington will miss the entire season, suspended due to the league's substance abuse policy. That's actually a little bit of a surprise, if only because it seemed a more likely reason for the suspension was Washington's recent plea bargain for an assault charge. (Beating up your ex-girlfriend is not a good thing.) The Cardinals may need to scramble now for veterans to play next to Kevin Minter.
23 comments, Last at 04 Jun 2014, 4:33pm by LionInAZ
30 May 2014, 01:26pm by Aaron Schatz
Just in time for Father's Day, here it is, the long-awaited Best of Mike Tanier book which we are calling A Good Walkthrough Spoiled. This book is 400 pages of delicious prime Tanier, including 42 Football Outsiders columns from 2004-2012, updated Franchise Top Five QB and RB lists with additional brand new content on players like Joe Flacco and Eli Manning, and the entire Year of the Scab mini-book.
4 comments, Last at 11 Jun 2014, 10:58pm by tuluse
28 May 2014, 11:52am by Aaron Schatz
When I saw this news, I literally screamed "Oh, for crying out loud" at my computer, and I'm not even a Dallas fan. I just like good players when they get to actually play. So, who takes over? There are a couple of internal options: 2012 fourth-rounder Anthony Hitchens and 2013 sixth-rounder DeVonte Holloman. I figure they still need a veteran for depth.
12 comments, Last at 30 May 2014, 10:05pm by Jeff88
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.