28 Dec 2014, 09:06pm by Aaron Schatz
Once again this year, we'll keep an open thread all day on the Monday after the season to announce firings. And once again, it all starts Sunday night with the announcement that Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers have parted ways. (Click to read more.)
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26 Dec 2014, 04:11pm by Aaron Schatz
The FO crew previews three games in the final week of the season with critical playoff implications: Bengals-Steelers, Lions-Packers, and Panthers-Falcons.
9 comments, Last at 28 Dec 2014, 5:47pm by LionInAZ
23 Dec 2014, 06:38pm by Aaron Schatz
Seattle surges but still trails New England (weighted DVOA) and Denver (total DVOA). Plus: Can Big Ben break the long dominance of Brady-Manning-Brees in our passing DYAR stats?
141 comments, Last at 29 Dec 2014, 7:45pm by mitch
18 Dec 2014, 11:23am by Aaron Schatz
Here's an update on the race for the No. 1 overall pick. Tonight's Jacksonville-Tennessee game means a lot, but Tampa Bay still has the best shot at it. And check out the ridiculous dominoes that would need to fall for Washington to get the top pick!
17 Dec 2014, 07:58pm by Aaron Schatz
The Bears have benched Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen for this week's game against Detroit. Just a colossal epic fail, and unfortunately not an epic Fales. Based on DVOA, Jay Cutler has been an average quarterback this year. He has very high highs and very low lows, but he's never been a bad quarterback. I assume this basically closes the door on his career in Chicago. What does starting Jimmy Clausen prove? Jimmy Clausen is terrible, and Jimmy Clausen is not a promising young player in any way?
170 comments, Last at 29 Mar 2015, 1:19pm by bloggesrdog
16 Dec 2014, 07:06pm by Aaron Schatz
The New England Patriots have finally moved into the No. 1 spot in weighted DVOA this week. Also: Looking at how recent Denver wins are driven by defense instead of offense, and a Pittsburgh team that is very un-Steelers-like.
157 comments, Last at 28 Dec 2014, 1:06am by Never Surrender
09 Dec 2014, 08:01pm by Aaron Schatz
Very few units are historically good in 2014, but the Lions run defense is threatening to surpass the 2000 Ravens. And right behind Detroit is Denver -- still the No. 1 team in overall DVOA.
94 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2014, 4:29am by DefendTheDen
09 Dec 2014, 02:14pm by Aaron Schatz
Cam Newton was injured in a major car accident in Charlotte today as his truck crashed into another automobile near I-277 and flipped over. UPDATE: The Panthers say Newton is in fair condition and was taken to the hospital as a precaution more than anything else. That's nice to hear.
44 comments, Last at 29 Mar 2015, 1:20pm by bloggesrdog
09 Dec 2014, 02:01pm by Aaron Schatz
Alan Siegel talks to a number of late-80s Rams about the night Flipper Anderson set the all-time NFL record with 336 receiving yards. It still has never been surpassed.
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06 Dec 2014, 11:33am by Aaron Schatz
Today's ESPN Insider article looks at the biggest coverage weaknesses of top contenders, not by looking at specific defenders but rather by looking at scheme. That means using FO's DVOA "vs. types as receivers" as well as a new table we're debuting today that lists defensive DVOA vs. passes by distance and direction: short/deep as well as left/middle/right. You will now find that table on the team defense stat page and are welcome to discuss here. Thanks to John Argentiero for setting up the Excel macros that made producing that table easier. We'll be updating it each week through the end of the regular season.