22 Jun 2005, 05:23pm by Aaron Schatz
My god, we are not alone! One of the frustrations we've had since starting Football Outsiders comes from the huge holes in the play-by-play data, all the information that isn't available: length on incomplete passes, yards after catch on every play, which defensive backs are covering which receivers, and so forth. We've tossed around the idea of a project to log games off videotape to track these statistics ourselves.
64 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2005, 8:47pm by Ryan Mc
21 Jun 2005, 10:56am by Aaron Schatz
I think this Lonnie Wheeler piece from the Cincinnati Post has the right attitude about the off-season. Wow, our team is good -- on paper, with everyone healthy.
29 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2005, 11:38am by Led
20 Jun 2005, 01:14pm by Aaron Schatz
With the help of a lot of math, William Krasker looks to answer the question "How valuable is a timeout, anyway?" The basic summary is that the clock-management value of a timeout is not particularly large in most situations, but is still large enough to call into question some of the common uses of timeouts, such as avoiding delay of game or discussing strategy. For a more advanced look, click on the link.
20 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2005, 4:33pm by Larry
15 Jun 2005, 10:45am by Aaron Schatz
Could a Football Outsiders favorite finally be getting another chance at a starting job? I'd be very interested to see what happens if Engram starts -- will he be as good as his DVOA ratings from the past couple years might indicate, or will he be exposed as someone who only plays well when in a specific, limited role, like Josh Reed or Az Hakim?
4 comments, Last at 15 Jun 2005, 6:10pm by bravehoptoad
13 Jun 2005, 12:12pm by Aaron Schatz
I love ya, Pete, but it may be time for an intervention.
132 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2005, 8:14pm by Richie
11 Jun 2005, 11:26pm by Aaron Schatz
Interesting story here about a St. Louis talk show host who has taken a job with the Rams as "'director of research and Internet consultant" while still remaining on air -- giving his opinions about the team that he now works for. I'm a little curious to speak to this John Hadley fellow, given that part of his job includes statistical analysis.
10 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2005, 12:28pm by Carl
10 Jun 2005, 02:05pm by Aaron Schatz
Yes, but what about leg warmers and headbands? If we're gonna go 80s, let's go it right.
3 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2005, 2:19pm by Trogdor
07 Jun 2005, 02:27pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey, it's another one of "Aaron Schatz's Greatest Hits," now updated with more damning anti-Ricky numbers for a brand new audience.
3 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2005, 12:27pm by senser81
06 Jun 2005, 01:09pm by Aaron Schatz
I just want to thank everyone for reading Football Outsiders over the past two years. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that goofing around with numbers on my computer would lead to such big things in such little time. FO will go on, I'm handing the keys over to Mike Smith and Russ ... wait a minute, Randy Mueller? Former Saints GM Randy Mueller? Ah, nuts. Honey, call the real estate agent and cancel, I'll go mow the lawn now.
03 Jun 2005, 03:44pm by Aaron Schatz
My idea of balance: a fun SI.com article to go with the silly one linked below. Andrew Perloff lists his team of veterans who finished their careers as subpar players with different teams than the ones that made them famous. Not just Rice, but Namath, Emmitt, Jackie Smith, Forest Gregg, etc. I forgot about Mike Webster in Kansas City. Perloff also reaches a little when he gets to defense and special teams: he doesn't pick a kicker and he picks Todd Sauerbrun as the punter (he'll be great in Denver if everyone just ignores him).