18 Jun 2014, 11:15am by Aaron Schatz
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name "disparaging to Native Americans." It was a case filed by five Native Americans. This will limit the team's options regarding merchandising. Now that we're talking money, maybe we can finally get Dan Snyder to change the damn thing.
83 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2014, 4:53pm by tuluse
30 May 2014, 01:33pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, this is as big as the Cowboys losing Sean Lee to a torn ACL. Arizona inside linebacker Daryl Washington will miss the entire season, suspended due to the league's substance abuse policy. That's actually a little bit of a surprise, if only because it seemed a more likely reason for the suspension was Washington's recent plea bargain for an assault charge. (Beating up your ex-girlfriend is not a good thing.) The Cardinals may need to scramble now for veterans to play next to Kevin Minter.
23 comments, Last at 04 Jun 2014, 4:33pm by LionInAZ
30 May 2014, 01:26pm by Aaron Schatz
Just in time for Father's Day, here it is, the long-awaited Best of Mike Tanier book which we are calling A Good Walkthrough Spoiled. This book is 400 pages of delicious prime Tanier, including 42 Football Outsiders columns from 2004-2012, updated Franchise Top Five QB and RB lists with additional brand new content on players like Joe Flacco and Eli Manning, and the entire Year of the Scab mini-book.
4 comments, Last at 11 Jun 2014, 10:58pm by tuluse
28 May 2014, 11:52am by Aaron Schatz
When I saw this news, I literally screamed "Oh, for crying out loud" at my computer, and I'm not even a Dallas fan. I just like good players when they get to actually play. So, who takes over? There are a couple of internal options: 2012 fourth-rounder Anthony Hitchens and 2013 sixth-rounder DeVonte Holloman. I figure they still need a veteran for depth.
12 comments, Last at 30 May 2014, 10:05pm by Jeff88
22 May 2014, 02:21pm by Aaron Schatz
Use of 11 personnel continued to explode in 2013 and it now counts for the majority of NFL plays. Even Baltimore put its fullback out to pasture.
12 comments, Last at 29 May 2014, 6:00pm by samuellogue
21 May 2014, 11:18am by Aaron Schatz
Early AFC projections to go with the early NFC projections from yesterday, along with some explanation of the basic reasons why teams are likely to improve and decline in 2014. Once again, please note that this is not the final, official Football Outsiders forecast for 2014, although the final forecast will surely also have Denver awesome and Oakland terrible.
4 comments, Last at 26 May 2014, 7:43pm by Jeff88
20 May 2014, 11:17am by Aaron Schatz
Here are the early projected standings that we used to give Todd McShay a draft order for the 2015 mock draft he did last week on ESPN Insider, along with some explanation of the basic reasons why teams are likely to improve and decline in 2014. Please pay attention when I say "this is not the final, official Football Outsiders forecast for 2014." Some people on the Internets saw that draft order and acted like we had brought the tablets down from Mount Sinai. AFC will run tomorrow.
15 May 2014, 12:36pm by Aaron Schatz
Antonio Cromartie was just one of the usually strong and consistent cornerbacks who had an inconsistent and poor 2013 according to our charting stats.
8 comments, Last at 21 May 2014, 1:15am by rhealyn101
10 May 2014, 12:20pm by Aaron Schatz
What is a quarterback succession plan, really, and did it make sense for the Patriots this year? Plus: Louis Nix falls and other staff thoughts from rounds two and three.
41 comments, Last at 22 May 2014, 7:10pm by liquidmuse3
09 May 2014, 05:08pm by Aaron Schatz
The 49ers needed another wide receiver so they weren't stuck with someone like Quinton Patton on the field all the time, and the Bills apparently feel that they have too many wide receivers now that they drafted Sammy Watkins, so Steve Johnson is off to the 49ers for a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick which could become a third.
Most similar WR to Steve Johnson 2011-2013 by Football Outsiders sim scores:
Vance Johnson 1988-1990
Reggie Langhorne 1988-1990
Muhsin Muhammad 1999-2001
Dwayne Bowe 2007-2009
Earnest Gray 1982-1984
Kevin Walter 2007-2009
Bert Emmanuel 1996-1998
27 comments, Last at 15 May 2014, 11:12pm by tuluse