Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

27 Apr 2017, 07:25pm by Aaron Schatz

Mike Tanier's Draft Grades

Grading draft picks immediately on draft day is silly, but at least Mike Tanier's draft grades will be a) funny and b) include intelligent analysis of these teams' strengths and weaknesses. So go check out our old compatriot. He'll be grading every pick all weekend long, all the way through Mr. Irrelevant.

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12 comments, Last at 01 May 2017, 9:20am by jtr

26 Apr 2017, 06:16pm by Aaron Schatz

QBASE 2017

How iffy is the 2017 quarterback class? Even our highest-rated prospect has us questioning the numbers. While the top of the draft is full of risky picks, though, we might have found a solid mid-round sleeper.

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11 comments, Last at 28 Apr 2017, 12:44pm by Aaron Schatz

24 Apr 2017, 05:21pm by Aaron Schatz

The Development of Shotgun Offense in the NFL, in Four Tables

Usage of shotgun formations in NFL offenses has certainly changed over the past 20 years, peaking with San Francisco going shotgun on 99 percent of plays in 2016. (Click to read more.)

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20 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2017, 4:48pm by nat

23 Apr 2017, 10:06am by Aaron Schatz

QBASE 2017 (ESPN version)

Here are our QBASE projections for the Class of 2017. It's not a great year for quarterback prospects. Commentary includes a long discussion of the history of quarterbacks with only one or two years of college experience.

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7 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2017, 2:12pm by mehllageman56

22 Apr 2017, 01:33pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 2017 NFL Draft Guides

FO writers have put together draft guides for all 32 teams, looking at three things for each franchise: the biggest need, a quiet need, and a position that is definitely not a need.

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20 Apr 2017, 04:30pm by Aaron Schatz

2017 NFL Schedule Announced

OK folks, the full 2017 regular-season schedule is out. Go ahead and discuss which teams you think got screwed by the distribution of road games or how often they have to play teams coming off bye weeks.

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21 comments, Last at 25 Apr 2017, 12:38pm by The Powers That Be

19 Apr 2017, 01:11pm by Aaron Schatz

All 32 NFL Head Coaches Ranked

Here's a little item for offseason debate: Pete Prisco ranks all 32 NFL head coaches at CBSSports.com. You know who is No. 1, but Mike McCarthy at No. 2? I think this list is a bit too dependent on wins and losses without looking at the underlying questions of a) what a coach contributes with game management and b) when a coach adds to the talents of his players, and when he wins primarily because of those talents.

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62 comments, Last at 04 May 2017, 9:40am by Mr Shush

14 Apr 2017, 10:52am by Aaron Schatz

Senior V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino Resigns

Hey, so, remember that thing where Dean Blandino in the NFL offices in New York was going to decide all replay reviews? Never mind. Blandino is leaving the NFL, likely to go to CBS as their officiating expert. Perhaps the league should have made sure its head of officiating was sticking around before making a rule change this offseason?

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4 comments, Last at 17 Apr 2017, 11:27pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible

13 Apr 2017, 04:27pm by Aaron Schatz

Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Dies at Age 84

Dan Rooney, the second-generation owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has died at the age of 84. Rooney's move to take more control of the front office coincided with the rise of the Steelers in the 1970s; for example, he was a leading voice supporting the hire of Chuck Noll as head coach. Rooney also lobbied for a rule that required teams to interview minority coaching candidates, which now has his name. The Rooney Rule is imperfect, but at least it showed that owners acknowledged there was a problem. His son, Art Rooney II, will take over as chairman of the Steelers.

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6 comments, Last at 23 Apr 2017, 5:20am by RobotBoy

10 Apr 2017, 11:47am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Early 2017 Team Projections

Here we go with our first run of Football Outsiders team projections for 2017; this year, ESPN asked me to run them both before and after the draft. (The variable for adding defensive talent from the draft is calculated by using half the draft pick value each team currently has.) Bad news for Pats haters: New England ranks No. 32 in projected schedule. Controversial findings: Both L.A. teams in playoff contention, Denver near the bottom of the league, and a big rebound from Arizona. (I personally question the system on that last one.)

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8 comments, Last at 23 Apr 2017, 4:32am by fsutouchdown