19 Feb 2016, 05:13pm by Aaron Schatz
Not everybody gets to go to Los Angeles. The Rams today found themselves $23 million in cap room by cutting three starters: defensive end Chris Long, middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, and tight end Jared Cook. Before I looked, I honestly didn't realize how little production Long had the last two years: just four sacks, and just 11 games started. Laurinaitis is a useful player, but often a prime example of why raw tackle totals are not a good way to rank linebackers.
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17 Feb 2016, 06:37pm by Aaron Schatz
The general rule at Football Outsiders is that we stay away from posting Extra Points on player off-field behavior until that behavior is going to affect what happens on the field. We try to stay away from sensationalizing huge controversies, whether that's sexual assault charges or alleged drug use or Deflategate. When Shaun King decided to disinter allegations against Peyton Manning from nearly 20 years ago, I really, really didn't want to go there. However, I think our old friend Mike Tanier wrote such a good piece today on the complexities of this story that I decided I had to point our readers to it.
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08 Feb 2016, 03:14pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's our announcement of the four men who starred in Super Bowl 50 and will be new Football Outsiders-branded elite players for Madden 16 Ultimate Team this weekend. (Click to read more.)
04 Feb 2016, 03:41pm by Aaron Schatz
It's the final Off The Charts Podcast of the season, the Super Bowl preview episode! Scott Spratt and Aaron Schatz go through all the numbers to look at Carolina-Denver matchups, plus some discussion of the anxieties that come with rooting for a team that will be favored in the Super Bowl for the first time ever.
31 Jan 2016, 09:34pm by Aaron Schatz
I never quite know at what point we should be posting news of the "sources report" variety. I usually prefer for a trade or retirement or cut to actually be announced. But at this point there have been enough reports that Calvin Johnson is going to retire that I think we can consider this one on the up-and-up. Johnson is still playing at a high level -- he was eighth in DYAR and 16th in DVOA among wide receivers this year -- and the Lions are going to miss him significantly on the field.
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25 Jan 2016, 09:20pm by Aaron Schatz
In the NFC Championship Game, Carolina puts up the biggest single-game DVOA of the year and one of the 10 best in DVOA history. The Panthers now go into Super Bowl 50 as clear favorites.
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22 Jan 2016, 03:50pm by Aaron Schatz
The NFC Championship Game looks like a big game of big plays. Each team has a strong defense, but each offense is well-suited to attack the personnel and tendencies of its opponent.
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21 Jan 2016, 04:38pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's Off The Charts Podcast previews the upcoming conference championship games. Is the Denver defense well-equipped to slow down the Patriots offense? Will Denver run the ball as well as it did the first time it beat the Pats? And can Arizona take advantage of a Carolina weakness at cornerback that has fallen under the national radar?
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21 Jan 2016, 12:33pm by Aaron Schatz
A little preview of the NFC Championship preview coming Friday on Football Outsiders. Arizona blitzes more than any other team in the league, but it may not be a good strategy against Cam Newton.
19 Jan 2016, 02:13pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a look at the five FO stars for Madden 16 Ultimate Team from the divisional round of the playoffs.
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