19 Aug 2015, 05:34pm by Aaron Schatz
A couple of very unfortunate injuries today at practice: one predictable, one not. The latter would be Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who will now miss his second NFL season after tearing his ACL trying to cut on a pass route. I certainly don't need to explain to FO readers just how much the Panthers had a two-man passing game last year: Greg Olsen and Benjamin. This is a huge loss for the Panthers. Meanwhile, down in Miami, Louis Delmas tore his right ACL for the second time in nine months. The guy just can't stay healthy.
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16 Aug 2015, 01:51pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, so much for those stories about Philip Rivers not wanting to follow the San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles if they decide to move. Rivers is locked in now after signing a new four-year extension that includes $65 million in guaranteed money. Rivers has been that rare animal, the somewhat quietly great quarterback. He's been in the DVOA and DYAR top 10 in seven of his nine years as a starter. On the other hand, we'll have to see if he's able to age as well as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have. Rivers turns 34 near the end of the season and will be 38 when this contract ends.
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16 Aug 2015, 01:37pm by Aaron Schatz
More media appearances to promote Football Outsiders Almanac 2015! Here I am on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. We spoke about the Cowboys in 2015, the Curse of 370, the rise of nickel and dime defensive personnel, and whether the strategies of infamous high school coach Kevin "never punts" Kelley would work in the NFL.
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14 Aug 2015, 04:21pm by Aaron Schatz
Why do we project San Francisco to decline in 2015? Very few teams in recent years have lost quite so much defensive talent in the offseason.
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13 Aug 2015, 01:54pm by Aaron Schatz
Two pieces today on ESPN Insider that both serve as a bit of a preview for people who haven't yet purchased Football Outsiders Almanac 2015. This article looks at five teams our projections have on the rise for 2015: Atlanta, New Orleans, Minnesota, St. Louis, and the New York Jets.
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11 Aug 2015, 01:50pm by Aaron Schatz
Can I make better jokes than the ones already going through your head? Geno Smith will be out 6-10 weeks after reserve linebacker IK Enemkpali (who has been cut) broke his jaw in a locker room fight this morning. Ryan Fitzpatrick becomes the Jets' starter now, at least for the first month of the season. I think the Jets may actually be a stronger wild-card contender with Fitzpatrick running the offense. Our projections love the Jets, but not because of their offense. The defense isn't affected by what happened today and frankly, Fitzpatrick is a better quarterback than Smith right now.
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10 Aug 2015, 04:45pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey, let's start promoting Football Outsiders Almanac 2015! Here I am on WEEI in Boston with Christopher Price and Butch Stearns this past Sunday morning, talking about the book and the AFC East in 2015. If you can't enjoy the audio, have fun reading through WEEI's very wacky transcription program and its attempt to present the text of my appearance.
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05 Aug 2015, 10:14am by Aaron Schatz
It's finally done!
04 Aug 2015, 05:56pm by Aaron Schatz
Uh-oh, Houston fans. Arian Foster injured his groin at Houston practice last night, and it looks like it's going to require surgery. That will mean going on IR-designated for return, taking Foster out of action for at least eight weeks of the regular season. So who do you want to count on alongside your questionable quarterbacks, Texans: Chris Polk, who can't stay healthy, or Alfred Blue and his league-worst rushing DVOA from last season? Or is there going to be a Chris Johnson or Knowshon Moreno signing here?
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31 Jul 2015, 10:31am by Aaron Schatz
The Asterisk is getting paid. Wilson and the Seahawks apparently have agreed to a four-year, $87.6 million dollar extension, though we're not sure yet if the announced money is for 2015-2018 or for 2016-2019. It looks like Wilson will now be the second-highest paid player in the game, behind Aaron Rodgers.
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