16 Aug 2016, 09:38pm by Scott Kacsmar
Scott Kacsmar made his annual appearance on Greg Rasheed's The Root and Roots podcast to talk about Football Outsiders Almanac 2016. Topics include: why we expect the Broncos to regress to .500, the difficulty of sustaining a great defense over a great offense, surprise teams in 2016 and the favorites in each division heading into the season.
15 Aug 2016, 03:09pm by Scott Kacsmar
Amari Cooper finished with the 11th-most receiving yards by a rookie in NFL history, but is catching the ball his biggest weakness? Scott Kacsmar finds out just how many drops he had and looks at Cooper's catch radius.
5 comments, Last at 16 Aug 2016, 2:47pm by fb29
15 Aug 2016, 08:34am by Scott Kacsmar
Last week at ESPN Insider, we looked at the top 10 most accurate passers of 2015 in C%+ (derived from drop-adjusted passing plus-minus). This week we looked at six passers among the bottom 10, including Derek Carr, Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck.
09 Aug 2016, 08:20am by Scott Kacsmar
At ESPN Insider, we looked at the top 10 quarterbacks from 2015 in drop-adjusted passing plus-minus, which was converted into a rate statistic we denote as C%+. This is a much better measure of accuracy than traditional completion percentage since the distance of direction of each throw is accounted for. Russell Wilson led all players, while Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton also experienced career-best seasons.
6 comments, Last at 09 Aug 2016, 11:07pm by BigNose
05 Aug 2016, 01:26pm by Scott Kacsmar
Scott Kacsmar's annual Hall of Fame predictions include a reminder of L.T.'s greatness, the cases for Hines Ward and Donovan McNabb, and why we might be debating Ed Hochuli in a decade if changes aren't made to the Contributor category.
148 comments, Last at 19 Aug 2016, 4:55am by Bright Blue Shorts
03 Aug 2016, 10:54am by Scott Kacsmar
Here is our annual piece ranking all 32 teams by how much under-25 talent they have. We've got Jacksonville at No. 1 based on the promise of their three recent high defensive draft picks, plus an offense where the quarterback, running back, and top four wide receivers are all under 25 (and the top two receivers, in particular, are pretty good). Houston and Miami are also high. New England comes in last, with very little talent from the last couple drafts and a defense filled with really good 26-year-olds.
05 Jul 2016, 08:27am by Scott Kacsmar
Now that Andrew Luck is the highest-paid player in the NFL, what does he need most to get the Colts to a Super Bowl: a running game, an offensive line or a defense? The fact is all three parts will continue to struggle as long as Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson are running the show in Indianapolis.
22 Jun 2016, 03:42pm by Scott Kacsmar
YAC+ points to the clear dominance of Rob Gronkowski, and suggests that Doug Baldwin and Torrey Smith are underrated. Also: running back inconsistency, and should we even view YAC as a quarterback skill?
6 comments, Last at 24 Jun 2016, 2:37am by Scott Kacsmar
16 Jun 2016, 01:52pm by Scott Kacsmar
Antonio Brown now has the highest receiving plus-minus season since 2006. We look at the 2015 results, including which receivers hurt their quarterbacks the most with drops. Also: the odd cases of Oakland, Jeremy Langford, and Rob Gronkowski.
7 comments, Last at 21 Jun 2016, 12:49pm by Raiderjoe
13 Jun 2016, 06:28pm by Scott Kacsmar
Passing Plus-Minus is our method of adjusting completions based on where the ball was thrown. We look at the best and worst of the last decade, and who was at their career peak in 2015. We also have adjusted +/- for drops for the first time.
17 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2016, 7:50pm by Vincent Verhei