20 Jan 2017, 12:23pm by Aaron Schatz
Surprising news out of Baltimore, where linebacker Zach Orr is retiring from the NFL after three seasons. He led the Ravens in tackles this year but an injury near the end of the year led to finding a congenital neck/spine condition that would endanger Orr if he played further. I'm sure there will be discussion about how this is yet another young player retiring from the NFL, but it's not solely due to injuries from the game itself. That's not what the word "congenital" means.
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19 Jan 2017, 03:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey, it's time to preview the conference championships with the Off The Charts Podcast. How special is this year's final four of top quarterbacks? Has Aaron Rodgers really been better than Matt Ryan over the last two months? What's the clear strategy for Green Bay's defense to try to stop Ryan? Why should the Steelers be worried about the Patriots run game? And lots more. (Click for audio link.)
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19 Jan 2017, 02:55pm by Aaron Schatz
I never know when to post this stuff in Extra Points. Do we wait until they actually move? Until the owners approve? Is just filing paperwork enough? Anyway, the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas assuming they can get approval from 23 out of 31 other owners. (They will.) Apparently, they will stay in Oakland for the next two seasons, because their lease says they can and the Vegas stadium isn't built yet. So, that should be interesting. It's not like there's a history of fans turning on teams after they announce they're moving out of town, or anything.
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16 Jan 2017, 07:31pm by Aaron Schatz
The cream rose to the top in this year's playoffs, as the final four teams all ranked seventh or higher in DVOA this season.
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16 Jan 2017, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Today's ESPN piece looks at the most improved units of 2016, including the Atlanta offense that powered the Falcons into the NFC Championship Game. How did these units improve, and what's likely to be the result in 2017?
13 Jan 2017, 01:25am by Aaron Schatz
More head coaching news: In less than a year, Anthony Lynn has gone from running backs coach to offensive coordinator to interim head coach of the Bills to head coach of the new Los Angeles Football Clippers. This is interesting, because Lynn has been a coach in the league for 17 years but always as a position coach until Greg Roman was fired by Buffalo early in this season. He's never gone through a training camp in any kind of management position -- not as a coordinator, let alone as a head coach.
This leaves San Francisco as the last open job. Anyone want it?
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12 Jan 2017, 03:33pm by Aaron Schatz
Some thoughts about the new head coach hires in Denver and Buffalo, and then previews of the four divisional round games. Lots of information in here about how various units are trending up or down during the second half of the season. (Click for audio link.)
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12 Jan 2017, 12:19pm by Aaron Schatz
This has been a possibility for the last couple years, and reporting that it was final started to circulate last night. Now it's official: the San Diego Chargers will become the Los Angeles Chargers.
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11 Jan 2017, 04:11pm by Aaron Schatz
OK, the head coaching dominoes are beginning to fall, starting with the best available job. Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph will take over in Denver. No, the Dolphins defense was not good this year, and it faded down the stretch. Look instead at what Joseph did before that with the Houston defensive backs (2011-2013) and Cincinnati defensive backs (2014-2015). You don't hire a head coach to scheme, you hire a head coach to manage personnel and serve as locker room CEO. A lot of people I know in the NFL have long been very high on Joseph's ability to do those things.
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10 Jan 2017, 07:42pm by Aaron Schatz
Announcing the Football Outsiders players for Madden 17 Ultimate Team from wild-card weekend. (Click to read more.)
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