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04 Nov 2004, 07:03pm by Aaron Schatz

Refreshing Brees

Does it seem like every football writer that you read regularly penned an article about Drew Brees on Wednesday? Guess what, you're right, and that includes Football Outsiders. Now, in an expanded version of an article from Wednesday's New York Sun, Aaron says that it isn't a surprise that Brees has had a rebound season in 2004. Coming to that conclusion introduces the FO version of a classic baseball analysis tool: similarity scores.

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03 Nov 2004, 02:29am by Aaron Schatz

Most Halftime Adjustments Are Hot Air

Phil Simms is feeling cranky. "In fifteen years of playing I can't even remember even two adjustments we made at halftime... You have spent a hundred hours in that week preparing for the game, drawing out detailed plans, and you have a contingency plan that basically covers almost every scenario in the game. Why would you need to make a lot of adjustments at halftime? After our 1986 Monday Night Football game in San Francisco, a lot of people asked me what adjustments we made to account for climbing out of a 17-0 hole at halftime to beat the 49ers 21-17... Well, I tied my shoelaces tighter.

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03 Nov 2004, 02:01am by Aaron Schatz

Football Commentary: Week 8 Strategy Review

The latest strategy analysis from our friend William Krasker looks at Houston's fake field goal against Jacksonville, Tennessee's first half-ending touchdown attempt, and Detroit's unfortunate choice to go for it on 4th-and-1 at the Dallas 37-yard line with 11:44 remaining. Right choice, stupid play by center Dominic Raiola, who tried to draw an offsides and ended up getting Joey Harrington hammered.

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02 Nov 2004, 03:46pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 8 DVOA Ratings

Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 8, along with Aaron's usual commentary for the math-o-phobic. This week's discussion topics include the Patriots loss and their upcoming opponents in St. Louis -- by far our lowest-ranked winning team. Plus, what upcoming schedules have to say about which teams are going to make the AFC playoffs.

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02 Nov 2004, 02:52pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Cheerleaders on Halloween

The usual sweet and sour plays from our man Gregg Easterbrook, plus a discussion of that whole Redskins election thing and the correlation between cheerleader bikinis and winning.

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02 Nov 2004, 02:54am by Aaron Schatz

The Special Teams Manifesto II

Finally, the long-awaited explanation of changes in our special teams metrics, including a discussion of the effect of weather and altitude on special teams and tons of lists of the best and worst special teams units of the season so far.

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01 Nov 2004, 03:36pm by Aaron Schatz

Snap Judgment: Wake Up

This week's ESPN Page 2 Snap Judgment column, featuring the Football Outsiders quarterback ratings as well as commentary by yours truly and the usual ESPN.com gang. Topics addressed this week: Tom Brady's bad day, Daunte Culpepper's bad day, and Kurt Warner's bad day, which some people seem to think was a good day because his team won. Kurt, however, was awful. I hope I do a good enough job here of getting across the idea "don't jump to conclusions based on one game" which is one of our mantras. Thanks again to the FO gang for helping me with QB comments on games I didn't see.

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01 Nov 2004, 03:07pm by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: Here's to the Little Guy

Peter King, in his review of Week 8, has a tribute to the player at the bottom of the roster who helps his team to victory, focusing on Reno Mahe of the Eagles, Randall Gay of the Patriots, Mwelde Moore of the Vikings, and, being Peter King of course, Dave Roberts of the Red Sox. Who is not, in fact, a football player. Though you would have to think he would be a very good wideout.

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01 Nov 2004, 11:34am by Aaron Schatz

Sobering Plans for Jets Stadium

I am not sure why I find this New York Times article on the proposed new Jets stadium so hilarious, but this guy is really, really angry about the design. I mean, really angry. (Free registration required.)

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30 Oct 2004, 01:40am by Aaron Schatz

Aaron in TNR: Off Season

My latest piece for The New Republic. It's about the Red Sox championship, not football, so no comments here, but I wanted to link for those interested in my other work. This is a free article, but you do have to register.

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