Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

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

04 Apr 2017, 08:36am by Aaron Schatz

Tony Romo Retiring, Replacing Phil Simms at CBS

Maybe the Tony Romo saga doesn't end in Denver or Houston. Then again, maybe it does. With no trade interest, the Cowboys were apparently set to cut Tony Romo today. But now reports say that Romo will retire instead in order to pursue a career in broadcasting. In fact, he's wanted so badly as a color commentator (by both CBS and FOX) that it's possible a deal already exists and will be announced today.

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118 comments, Last at 22 Apr 2017, 4:25am by Jerry

27 Mar 2017, 02:16pm by Aaron Schatz

It's Official: Las Vegas Raiders

It's official. Today at the NFL owners' meetings, the league voted to approve the move of the Raiders to Las Vegas. The vote was 31-1, with Stephen Ross of the Dolphins as the only holdout. Right now they are saying the Raiders will move in 2019, which means two years playing in front of the fans they are leaving behind. I can't imagine that will go well and I hope the promising Raiders don't go all 1995 Cleveland Browns in the upcoming season. I have a feeling they'll need to go to Vegas a year early and play at UNLV's stadium.

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76 comments, Last at 06 Apr 2017, 5:56pm by mehllageman56

24 Mar 2017, 11:59am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Ranking NFL's Best Teams at Every Position Post-Free Agency

Back before the playoffs, I wrote for ESPN Insider ranking the units of all 12 playoff teams. This article is similar, but looks at the top-10 teams at each unit after free agency. The FO staff had some debate on some of my decisions at QB and WR/TE, where it's difficult to figure out just how to separate a quarterback from his receivers. And can you guess which NFL franchise is No. 1 for one unit but below-average everywhere else?

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7 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2017, 3:44pm by Aaron Schatz

13 Mar 2017, 02:10pm by Aaron Schatz

1987 DVOA Ratings and Commentary

Let's go back in time 30 years, when a four-week player strike threw the entire league into turmoil. We've got advanced stats for both the regular players and the strikebreakers, plus a San Francisco 49ers team that led the league in both offense and defense but imploded in one of the greatest upsets in NFL postseason history.

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109 comments, Last at 28 May 2017, 10:37pm by The Ninjalectual

07 Mar 2017, 11:11am by Aaron Schatz

Four Downs: AFC East

The Super Bowl champions need to boost their pass rush. Defense is also in demand in Miami and New York, while the Bills are looking for receivers to complement Sammy Watkins.

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41 comments, Last at 13 May 2017, 5:27am by jeeny139

27 Feb 2017, 07:23pm by Aaron Schatz

Steelers Make Antonio Brown Highest-Paid WR in NFL

Antonio Brown is gonna get paid. It's a four-year deal at $68 million, but front-loaded. That's interesting because it should help the Steelers keep Brown all four years. It will be $18.5 million the first three years, $12.5 million in 2020. Brown is the best wide receiver in the game -- you can argue Julio Jones, though I'll still take Brown. Our stats absolutely love him. He was No. 1 in DYAR in both 2014 and 2015, two of the top ten seasons in DYAR history. He had an off-year in 2016 and still finished No. 7. Also, he makes the NFL fun.

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12 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2017, 5:59pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible

27 Feb 2017, 01:56pm by Aaron Schatz

2017 Franchise Tag Discussion (Latest: Trumaine Johnson)

Here's a running thread to discuss announcements on franchise tags. (Click to read more.)

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74 comments, Last at 11 Mar 2017, 4:59pm by jackiel