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20 Jun 2017, 03:01pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 30 Best Defenses of the Last 30 Years

Today we have part two of our weeklong feature looking at the best teams of the DVOA era, going back to 1987. This is our list of the top defenses, chock full of Ravens and Steelers teams but topped by the legendary -- especially to Football Outsiders readers -- 1991 Philadelphia Eagles.

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19 Jun 2017, 01:15pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 30 Best Offenses of the Last 30 Years

We've got a huge historical feature on ESPN Insider all week: Football Outsiders' own version of "30 for 30." Since we now have 30 years of DVOA ratings, we can count down the top 30 teams in DVOA history. Today, we start things off with the top 30 offenses. That means a lot of Patriots, Colts, and 49ers teams... and more Chiefs than you expect. One big change with this countdown is that we've incorporated the playoffs, which will boost teams such as the 1989 49ers and 1990 Bills that went on big postseason runs against tough competition. (Click to read more.)

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12 Jun 2017, 05:03pm by Aaron Schatz

Ravens Sign Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin signed with Baltimore today, a team which badly needed a No. 1 receiver. That seems like a good reason to link to this film piece by our old pal Doug Farrar arguing that Maclin's still got it despite his depressed numbers from 2016. The Ravens hope he'll be healthy and recovered from last year's groin injury. He may seem like he's been around forever, but he's still only 29.

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31 May 2017, 03:43pm by Aaron Schatz

SIS Seeks Research and Development Intern

Our charting partners at Sports Info Solutions are looking for candidates to fill a paid internship in their R&D Department in the summer and fall seasons. (Click to read more.)

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31 May 2017, 03:37pm by Aaron Schatz

Ranking the Most Underrated Players in NFL History

In case you missed it on Monday, here's a huge feature at Bleacher Report from our man Mike Tanier, fuel for many historical NFL debates. His all-time underrated list does follow certain rules: no Hall of Fame finalists, no Super Bowl-winning fantasy players, and no players from historical dynasties. There's a good mix of recent players (Steven Jackson and my suggestion to Mike, Derrick Mason) with guys from the 80s (Henry Ellard) and back to the 60s (Jim Marshall). You will never, ever guess Mike's pick for No. 1 before you see it.

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22 May 2017, 02:40pm by Aaron Schatz

Near Certainty: Wade Phillips Will Improve Rams Defense

Over at ESPN's NFL Nation, Los Angeles Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez dips a little deeper into Wade Phillips' phenomenal record of improving defenses. The numbers are dramatic, whether you use DVOA, points, or yards. This is a big reason why our 2017 projections are surprisingly positive about the Rams.

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15 May 2017, 12:45pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Updated 2017 Team Projections

Here are some updated 2017 team projections on ESPN Insider. These are fairly similar to those we ran in April, because the NFL draft doesn't have as much effect as you might think on the ability to predict next season. Obviously, the draft can have a huge effect -- it just isn't a predictable one. The one thing we have found is that drafting defensive talent high is more positive for the immediate future than drafting offensive talent, which is why the Colts and Ravens are a little better in this forecast while the Chargers and Bengals drop a little.

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11 May 2017, 02:25pm by Aaron Schatz

SITE NEWS: FO Seeks New Technical Director

Football Outsiders is seeking a new Technical Director to help complete a long-awaited upgrade to Drupal 8 and then maintain our site afterwards. (Click to read more.)

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10 May 2017, 11:42am by Aaron Schatz

NFL Names Alberto Riveron Head of Officiating

I wish I could tell you I had some kind of insightful, complicated analysis of this move, but I don't. Alberto Riveron will move from the field to the head office to replace Dean Blandino, at least partially. The league also has announced Russell Yurk will head up the league’s replay department, so he's the guy who will be in charge of the central decision-making on replay every Sunday.

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01 May 2017, 12:50pm by Aaron Schatz

The Future of Football

Really interesting longform feature over at SB Nation asking how football can change over the next few years in order to reduce concussions and keep the sport going. Spencer Hall has a couple of points I particularly agree with. One, that change has to come at the high school level even more than the NFL level, because high school football is how most people play the sport.

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