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14 Sep 2017, 06:20pm by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: September 14

This week on the Off The Charts podcast, we look at some charting stats from the Chiefs' big upset of the Patriots and play "jump to conclusions" about the Rams, Eagles, and other teams. We also wonder if Baker Mayfield might be a better NFL prospect than most people believe, and preview the most important game for our playoff odds: Tennessee at Jacksonville. (Click for audio link.)

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12 Sep 2017, 10:02pm by Aaron Schatz

Black Head Coaches: Climbing a Slippery Mountain

Interesting feature in the Denver Post looking at the path that African-American coaches have to take to work their way up to coordinator jobs and then head coach positions. One problem is that offensive coordinators were almost always quarterback coaches first, and quarterback coaches are almost exclusively white. Most black head coaches have worked their way up on the defensive side of the ball; on the offensive side, they generally get running back and wide receiver position coach jobs that rarely lead to coordinator or head coaching jobs.

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43 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2017, 8:50pm by drobviousso

12 Sep 2017, 06:10pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 1 DVOA Ratings

It's been a long time since we've been able to say this: The Los Angeles Rams are No. 1 in the DVOA ratings. Our ratings jump to conclusions a bit on the Rams, but not the Patriots, who still have high playoff and Super Bowl odds.

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111 comments, Last at 21 Sep 2017, 7:22pm by Sleet

08 Sep 2017, 06:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Temporary Restraining Order Means Elliott Likely to Play All Season

Ugh, the Ezekiel Elliott situation is so damn confusing. So, apparently Elliott's suspension has been held up by arbitrator Harold Henderson. However, because Henderson didn't make the announcement until Tuesday afternoon, the NFL decided to make Elliott eligible to play against the Giants in Week 1. As of now, Elliott will serve his suspension from Week 2 to Week 8 instead... unless he gets a decision for a temporary restraining order. An announcement on that may not be coming until Friday, so have fun figuring out where to take him in your fantasy drafts.

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08 Sep 2017, 03:37pm by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: September 8

The Football Outsiders/Sports Info Solutions Off The Charts podcast has returned for the 2017 NFL season, with Aaron Schatz from FO and new co-host (and former Saints/Browns scout) Matt Manocherian from Sports Info Solutions. (Click for link.)

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07 Sep 2017, 12:31pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 2007 Patriots vs. 2017 Patriots

Here's a piece on ESPN Insider, comparing the 2007 Patriots and 2017 Patriots position group by position group. Which team is better? It depends if you look at the average projection for the 2017 Patriots, or the best-case scenario projection. This was originally for ESPN The Magazine but got spiked for space; numbers are from an earlier version of projections and won't quite match the updated projections we ran yesterday.

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1 comment, Last at 07 Sep 2017, 12:50pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin

06 Sep 2017, 05:32pm by Aaron Schatz

2017 DVOA Projections

DVOA projections updated with preseason changes still confirm what everyone is thinking about the 2017 NFL season: the Patriots are the team to beat, and the Jets and Browns are still very bad.

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46 comments, Last at 11 Sep 2017, 9:25pm by RickD

06 Sep 2017, 11:39am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Ranking NFL's Hardest Schedules, 1-32

New ESPN Insider feature here, ranking all 32 schedules based on average DVOA of projected opponents. There's also some commentary on the hardest and easiest parts of each schedule, and the quirks, like the fact that the NFC South schedule is all packed into the end of the season while the Jets for some reason play most of their AFC East games early on.

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05 Sep 2017, 11:59pm by Aaron Schatz

FO on Slate Hang Up and Listen

I made an appearance this week on the Slate Hang Up and Listen podcast with Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis, talking about the new wave of tanking teams in the NFL. Is this going to work? Is it a problem for competitive balance if more and more teams do this? My portion of the podcast starts about 20 minutes in. Spencer Hall is also on, as well as Ed Cunningham, the announcer who quit ESPN because of ethical concerns about football and head trauma.

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31 Aug 2017, 02:55pm by Aaron Schatz

Football Outsiders Returns to Madden 18

It's time to share the details on our involvement with Madden 18 Ultimate Team and Madden for mobile devices during this upcoming season.

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20 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2017, 10:46am by CBailz413