31 Mar 2015, 12:18pm by Aaron Schatz
A look at fourth-down decision making in 2014 highlights Sean Payton, Marc Trestman, and... wait, this can't be right... Jim Caldwell? Plus: Chip Kelly may be less aggressive than you think he is.
20 comments, Last at 02 Apr 2015, 10:21am by Aaron Schatz
30 Mar 2015, 01:01pm by Aaron Schatz
The NFL will take a fifth-round pick away from the Atlanta Falcons in the 2016 draft for pumping crowd noise into the Georgia Dome. The Falcons have also been fined $350,000 and CEO Rich McKay has been suspended from the competition committee... for three months, apparently, which isn't really a big deal.
Cleveland GM Ray Farmer has been suspended without pay for the first four games of next season and fined $250,000 for sending texts to on-field personnel during games in 2014.
49 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:12am by fest201620
30 Mar 2015, 12:19pm by Aaron Schatz
Information on update of 2014 stats on FootballOutsiders.com. (Click to read more.)
26 Mar 2015, 12:20pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are Nathan Forster's Playmaker Score projections for the top WR prospects of 2015. We've got Amari Cooper way ahead of everyone else, with some red flags for prized prospects like Kevin White (didn't produce until senior year) and Dorial Green-Beckham (didn't stand out compared to teammates). There will be an expanded piece with all the Playmaker Scores for 2015 (both "rating" and "projection") on FO next week, and then the same with Nathan's SackSEER projections for edge rushers: ESPN Insider next week and FO the week after.
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25 Mar 2015, 03:56pm by Aaron Schatz
I am sad. Not because I'm a Patriots fan. As a Patriots fan, it was fun watching them pull off the craziness with the declared ineligible receivers. It was fun trying to figure out what the heck was going on, and watching John Harbaugh try to figure out what the heck was going on. But that specific trick wasn't going to work over and over. It's not like life got harder for the Patriots offense today. No, I'm sad because changing the rules makes it harder for other coordinators to come up with interesting, crazy new wrinkles on what the Patriots were doing.
140 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:15am by fest201620
21 Mar 2015, 01:18pm by Aaron Schatz
Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik, famous as one of the last full-time two-way players in the NFL, passed away Saturday morning at the age of 89. Bednarik played 14 years with the Philadelphia Eagles as both center and linebacker, and was most famous for a photo that him celebrating after he ended Frank Gifford's season with a concussion (Department of "Things We Would Not Celebrate in 2015").
13 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:16am by fest201620
09 Mar 2015, 05:47pm by Aaron Schatz
Or, at least, of the past 25 years. It's probably not who you think it is.
46 comments, Last at 24 Mar 2015, 1:52am by LionInAZ
09 Mar 2015, 10:50am by Aaron Schatz
All reports now seem to be pointing to 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis retiring later this week. Willis has dealt with injuries over the last couple years, but that is apparently not the reason; instead, some reports say he's had a "religious awakening" and doesn't want to play anymore.
48 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:22am by fest201620
07 Mar 2015, 10:41am by Aaron Schatz
A couple weeks ago in a look at bold moves teams could make in the NFC South, I threw out a quick mention of the idea that the Saints might look to trade Drew Brees and become the NFL's first tanking experiment. Today's article for ESPN fleshes that idea out a bit more with a point-counterpoint of why the Saints should trade Brees to tank, and why tanking wouldn't work in the NFL.
15 comments, Last at 18 Mar 2015, 11:41am by KilsonFlob
06 Mar 2015, 12:34pm by Aaron Schatz
The Bears are trading wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Jets. Apparently, the only cost is a fifth-round pick. Yes, Marshall is 30, and he's mercurial, but is he really such a huge problem since he figured out how to handle his mental health issues? Nobody wanted to give Chicago more than a fifth-round pick for this guy? Kansas City, maybe? Meanwhile, the Jets are building a nice group of receivers for nobody to throw to. This probably means Percy Harvin gets cut, and next year's group will be Marshall, Eric Decker, and Jeremy Kerley, with Jace Amaro at tight end.
86 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:24am by fest201620