31 May 2013, 11:20am by Aaron Schatz
Not all tackles are created equal. Which defenders this year did the most to stop receivers after the catch -- especially when they weren't actually covering that receiver themselves?
7 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2013, 6:24pm by jefeweiss
28 May 2013, 06:40pm by Aaron Schatz
Nobody does a colossal data dump blog post like Chase Stuart, and that is not meant to be criticism. This look at which teams have drafted most often from the same universities is really interesting, although it doesn't necessarily represent the current administrations because the list goes back to even before the merger. What will really jump out at you is how many teams have their "most popular" school as a geographic neighbor. The top school for the Rams is UCLA, while it is USC for the Raiders, Chargers, and 49ers.
22 comments, Last at 10 Jun 2013, 2:26am by Nelet
28 May 2013, 02:41pm by Aaron Schatz
Lorenzo Alexander, Matthew Slater, and the other top special-teams playmakers of 2012.
8 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2013, 1:16am by sahawilliam
23 May 2013, 03:00pm by Aaron Schatz
Some readers know that I've volunteered the last two summers at Eric Mangini's one-day Football Fundamentals camp in Hartford. You may remember my article last year about The Greatest 7-on-7 Team That Ever Was. Unfortunately, this year I'm not going to be able to make it because we're behind on Football Outsiders Almanac 2013 and I'm going into seven-days-a-week mode after Brown reunion weekend this Saturday.
22 May 2013, 02:39pm by Aaron Schatz
Uh-oh. Multiple sources are reporting that Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon in yesterday's OTAs. That's a big loss for the 49ers considering how well Crabtree and Kaepernick clicked after Kaepernick moved into the starting lineup last year. A torn Achilles used to mean you would miss the entire season. Recently, players such as Terrell Suggs have worked their way back to play half a season, albeit not at full strength. We'll have to see if Crabtree is able to do that as well.
18 comments, Last at 23 May 2013, 6:02pm by theslothook
20 May 2013, 10:30am by Aaron Schatz
Who stole Bill Belichick's cojones in 2012, and are they the same people who stole Mike Smith's cojones? Here are Aggressiveness Index numbers for all head coaches in 2012 plus an added bonus: updated career AI numbers for the top 84 head coaches going back to 1991.
52 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2014, 3:14pm by piumini duvetica
17 May 2013, 04:43pm by Aaron Schatz
The Washington Post has an excellent four-part series that ran yesterday and today about medical issues in the NFL. Some of the graphics use detail from the FO injury database.
7 comments, Last at 22 May 2013, 1:29pm by markus
15 May 2013, 06:34pm by Aaron Schatz
As the world's self-proclaimed "thinnest Type-2 diabetic," this story is making me angry. The Patriots are releasing Kyle Love with a non-football injury designation. According to Love's agent, Richard Kopelman, this is because Love was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes two weeks ago, and has lost a lot of weight recently. It seems like a typically Patriots example of a cold-hearted football move, but even as a football move it seems like a massive overreaction.
45 comments, Last at 23 May 2013, 1:29am by RickD
14 May 2013, 09:54pm by Aaron Schatz
Outside linebacker Melvin Ingram tore his left ACL in OTAs today and is likely gone for all of 2013. This may not be as big a blow as some people think. Ingram didn't have a great rookie year, with just one sack in 14 games. Meanwhile, the Chargers' pass rush was actually better in 2012 than generally advertised, ranking eighth in Adjusted Sack Rate. Even as a 3-4, they get strong pass rush from linemen like Corey Liuget and Kendell Reyes. But with Shaun Phillips now in Denver, there's no depth among San Diego's edge rushers.
27 comments, Last at 19 May 2013, 11:37am by Trees
09 May 2013, 02:07pm by Aaron Schatz
Leading our tally of broken tackles by defenders in 2012: Michael Griffin, Ed Reed, and lots and lots of Philadelphia Eagles.
32 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2013, 7:12am by juliet