12 Jan 2017, 03:33pm by Aaron Schatz
Some thoughts about the new head coach hires in Denver and Buffalo, and then previews of the four divisional round games. Lots of information in here about how various units are trending up or down during the second half of the season. (Click for audio link.)
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12 Jan 2017, 12:19pm by Aaron Schatz
This has been a possibility for the last couple years, and reporting that it was final started to circulate last night. Now it's official: the San Diego Chargers will become the Los Angeles Chargers.
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11 Jan 2017, 04:11pm by Aaron Schatz
OK, the head coaching dominoes are beginning to fall, starting with the best available job. Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph will take over in Denver. No, the Dolphins defense was not good this year, and it faded down the stretch. Look instead at what Joseph did before that with the Houston defensive backs (2011-2013) and Cincinnati defensive backs (2014-2015). You don't hire a head coach to scheme, you hire a head coach to manage personnel and serve as locker room CEO. A lot of people I know in the NFL have long been very high on Joseph's ability to do those things.
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10 Jan 2017, 07:42pm by Aaron Schatz
Announcing the Football Outsiders players for Madden 17 Ultimate Team from wild-card weekend. (Click to read more.)
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09 Jan 2017, 05:50pm by Aaron Schatz
Not much is changing as weighted DVOA ratings continue into the playoffs, though Pittsburgh has moved up to No. 2 overall and Green Bay is now the No. 1 weighted offense.
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05 Jan 2017, 02:50pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's Off The Charts Podcast goes in-depth on the wild-card games. Can the Raiders expect anything from Connor Cook? And what does it tell us that Miami and New York had such strong pressure rates but such low adjusted sack rates? (Click for audio link.)
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05 Jan 2017, 02:14pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's an interesting little feature for ESPN Insider where I attempted to rank all 12 playoff teams, unit by unit, based on FO stats and consultation with our staff. Feel free to quibble with the WR/TE rankings, which were by far the toughest and could be in a completely different order.
03 Jan 2017, 04:40pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey everybody! Time for the annual Football Outsiders Playoff Challenge game. Here's how it works: You need to pick a roster consisting of 2 QB, 4 RB, 4 WR, and 2 TE. However, you must pick one player from each of the 12 playoff teams, no duplicates. Whoever has the highest fantasy score during the playoffs wins a copy of Football Outsiders Almanac 2017 and the 2017 KUBIAK fantasy football projections. (Click to read more.)
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02 Jan 2017, 07:19pm by Aaron Schatz
It turns out, The Year of No Great Teams may in fact have a great team. The New England Patriots head into the postseason strong as the No. 1 team in DVOA, their eighth straight year ranking sixth or higher.
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02 Jan 2017, 04:22pm by Aaron Schatz
The best passers, runners, and receivers of Week 17 include the best and worst games for running backs all season.
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