28 Apr 2015, 01:20pm by Aaron Schatz
I'm not going to pretend to be any kind of expert on the legal issues involved here, but it certainly makes the league look better to no longer claim its ridiculous tax-exempt status. Obviously a big gain here is that the league no longer has to publicly disclose the salary of its top executives including Roger Goodell. Gain for the league, that is. Not necessarily a gain for us, the public.
15 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:03am by fest201620
28 Apr 2015, 01:13pm by Aaron Schatz
Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan has solidified his position as one of the great draft busts in NFL history. He had only three sacks in his first two years but won't get to turn things around because he's now earned a one-year suspension for violating the NFL drug policy. Jordan is one of the great successful calls in SackSEER history. In fact, SackSEER actually overprojected him based on his draft position.
31 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:04am by fest201620
16 Apr 2015, 06:01pm by Aaron Schatz
Last year, not a single team started the same five offensive linemen in all 16 games. (Click to read more.)
25 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:07am by fest201620
09 Apr 2015, 11:25pm by Aaron Schatz
It's nice to see a future Hall of Famer understand that his body doesn't have much left and hang it up rather than go on one of those late-career tours playing a season for another team or two and getting cut by some random team before the season two years too late. I found it particularly interesting that Polamalu's decision was in part inspired by his Christian faith because it is Greek Orthodox Holy Week. You don't hear a lot about famous Greek Orthodox Christians, especially those who aren't actually of Greek descent.
82 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:10am by fest201620
09 Apr 2015, 11:35am by Aaron Schatz
Following in the footsteps of ESPN's NBA coverage, ESPN Insider has put together a group of writers called the ESPN Insider NFL Front Office that mocks the conversations that would take place in a real front office. Mark Dominik serves as general manager, Herm Edwards as head coach, and Louis Riddick as director of pro personnel. Mel Kiper and Todd McShay take turns serving as director of college scouting, and yours truly holds the role of analytics department. This week we've been discussing what we would do with the top five picks in the draft were we running those five teams.
7 comments, Last at 09 May 2015, 4:06pm by SarahStewart732
03 Apr 2015, 01:55pm by Aaron Schatz
Get a sneak peak at the top edge-rusher prospects according to our SackSEER system, which likes Vic Beasley and Randy Gregory but is lukewarm on Shane Ray and Dante Fowler.
2 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2015, 4:52pm by Led
31 Mar 2015, 12:18pm by Aaron Schatz
A look at fourth-down decision making in 2014 highlights Sean Payton, Marc Trestman, and... wait, this can't be right... Jim Caldwell? Plus: Chip Kelly may be less aggressive than you think he is.
20 comments, Last at 02 Apr 2015, 10:21am by Aaron Schatz
30 Mar 2015, 01:01pm by Aaron Schatz
The NFL will take a fifth-round pick away from the Atlanta Falcons in the 2016 draft for pumping crowd noise into the Georgia Dome. The Falcons have also been fined $350,000 and CEO Rich McKay has been suspended from the competition committee... for three months, apparently, which isn't really a big deal.
Cleveland GM Ray Farmer has been suspended without pay for the first four games of next season and fined $250,000 for sending texts to on-field personnel during games in 2014.
49 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:12am by fest201620
30 Mar 2015, 12:19pm by Aaron Schatz
Information on update of 2014 stats on FootballOutsiders.com. (Click to read more.)
26 Mar 2015, 12:20pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are Nathan Forster's Playmaker Score projections for the top WR prospects of 2015. We've got Amari Cooper way ahead of everyone else, with some red flags for prized prospects like Kevin White (didn't produce until senior year) and Dorial Green-Beckham (didn't stand out compared to teammates). There will be an expanded piece with all the Playmaker Scores for 2015 (both "rating" and "projection") on FO next week, and then the same with Nathan's SackSEER projections for edge rushers: ESPN Insider next week and FO the week after.
1 comment, Last at 30 Mar 2015, 2:09am by Dan