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31 May 2017, 03:37pm by Aaron Schatz

Ranking the Most Underrated Players in NFL History

In case you missed it on Monday, here's a huge feature at Bleacher Report from our man Mike Tanier, fuel for many historical NFL debates. His all-time underrated list does follow certain rules: no Hall of Fame finalists, no Super Bowl-winning fantasy players, and no players from historical dynasties. There's a good mix of recent players (Steven Jackson and my suggestion to Mike, Derrick Mason) with guys from the 80s (Henry Ellard) and back to the 60s (Jim Marshall). You will never, ever guess Mike's pick for No. 1 before you see it.

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22 May 2017, 02:40pm by Aaron Schatz

Near Certainty: Wade Phillips Will Improve Rams Defense

Over at ESPN's NFL Nation, Los Angeles Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez dips a little deeper into Wade Phillips' phenomenal record of improving defenses. The numbers are dramatic, whether you use DVOA, points, or yards. This is a big reason why our 2017 projections are surprisingly positive about the Rams.

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12 comments, Last at 25 May 2017, 2:27am by The Ninjalectual

15 May 2017, 12:45pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Updated 2017 Team Projections

Here are some updated 2017 team projections on ESPN Insider. These are fairly similar to those we ran in April, because the NFL draft doesn't have as much effect as you might think on the ability to predict next season. Obviously, the draft can have a huge effect -- it just isn't a predictable one. The one thing we have found is that drafting defensive talent high is more positive for the immediate future than drafting offensive talent, which is why the Colts and Ravens are a little better in this forecast while the Chargers and Bengals drop a little.

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11 May 2017, 02:25pm by Aaron Schatz

SITE NEWS: FO Seeks New Technical Director

Football Outsiders is seeking a new Technical Director to help complete a long-awaited upgrade to Drupal 8 and then maintain our site afterwards. (Click to read more.)

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10 May 2017, 11:42am by Aaron Schatz

NFL Names Alberto Riveron Head of Officiating

I wish I could tell you I had some kind of insightful, complicated analysis of this move, but I don't. Alberto Riveron will move from the field to the head office to replace Dean Blandino, at least partially. The league also has announced Russell Yurk will head up the league’s replay department, so he's the guy who will be in charge of the central decision-making on replay every Sunday.

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01 May 2017, 12:50pm by Aaron Schatz

The Future of Football

Really interesting longform feature over at SB Nation asking how football can change over the next few years in order to reduce concussions and keep the sport going. Spencer Hall has a couple of points I particularly agree with. One, that change has to come at the high school level even more than the NFL level, because high school football is how most people play the sport.

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77 comments, Last at 25 May 2017, 6:14am by Lebo

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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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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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