18 Jul 2016, 12:37pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a bit of a preview of the Strategic Tendencies comments and some of the other stats you'll find in the upcoming Football Outsiders Almanac 2016. We've gone through and found one positive number for each offense in 2015. Some of these splits are significant for illuminating the strengths and weaknesses of each team's personnel. Other splits tend to oscillate wildly from year to year, and a great performance in 2015 may not indicate that a team will be equally strong in the same ways in 2016.
15 Jul 2016, 02:22pm by Aaron Schatz
The Broncos and Von Miller beat the franchise-tag extension deadline with a new deal that reportedly is worth $114 million over six years, with $70 million of that guaranteed.
27 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2016, 6:37pm by Jacsya
15 Jul 2016, 01:15pm by Aaron Schatz
Tom Brady announced on his Facebook page that he will not pursue an appeal to the Supreme Court and will accept his four-game suspension. Here's once last thread for everybody to bitch about the Ideal Gas Law, the CBA, Roger Goodell's overreach, the "Cheatriots," and how this whole process shows that once again the NFL schedulemakers totally screwed the Seattle Seahawks.
Future threads will be dedicated to actual football questions such as "So, is Jimmy Garoppolo any good or not?"
113 comments, Last at 01 Aug 2016, 9:01am by Will Allen
15 Jul 2016, 11:38am by Aaron Schatz
The 2015 KUBIAK fantasy football projections are complete and available for download. One $20 purchase lets you download unlimited updates throughout the preseason. Or, pay less: this year, we've partnered with FanDuel and a first-time FanDuel deposit of $10 or more will get you KUBIAK for free. (Click to read more.)
01 Jul 2016, 11:47am by Aaron Schatz
My latest feature for ESPN Insider looks at the weakest receiving depth charts of the last decade, based on how much experience and past production players had going into the season. Not all depth charts that look bad end up performing that way, but there's a reason teams go into the season trying not to look like this year's San Francisco 49ers. By the way, there's a ridiculous amount of Derek Hagan in this piece.
29 Jun 2016, 03:44pm by Aaron Schatz
Details to come, of course, but Luck is apparently now the highest-paid player in the NFL. A source has told Ian Rapoport that the new contract pays Luck over $75 million for the first three years.
52 comments, Last at 02 Jul 2016, 11:26pm by Will Allen
28 Jun 2016, 10:20am by Aaron Schatz
The great defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan passed away this morning at the age of 82. Ryan, of course, created the 46 defensive scheme for perhaps the best defensive team in NFL history, the 1985 Chicago Bears. He was also head coach for one of the often forgotten great defenses that followed, the late-80's Philadelphia Eagles. His twin sons Rex and Rob will coach together in Buffalo this season, and I expect to hear a lot about a season dedicated to their father's memory.
28 comments, Last at 08 Aug 2016, 9:06am by sirish
20 Jun 2016, 01:35pm by Aaron Schatz
I'm proud to be part of ESPN Insider's "NFL Front Office" again this year. Our first discussion: are the Jets blowing it by not re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick?
7 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2016, 5:08pm by mehllageman56
13 Jun 2016, 10:09pm by Aaron Schatz
The Eagles announced a new contract extension tonight for defensive lineman Fletcher Cox. It's a six-year extension worth up to $103 million. Usually those numbers are a lot of nonsense but this time, there is a LOT of guaranteed money here. There's $36.3 million guaranteed at signing and another $19.3 million will be guaranteed by next March. Cox played defensive end in last year's 3-4 and will move back to defensive tackle with the Eagles returning to a 4-3 this season. He had 9.5 sacks and our charting (combining ESPN and SIS data) ranked him tied for fifth in the NFL with 34 hurries.
11 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2016, 9:10pm by Hamish Rickard
08 Jun 2016, 01:33pm by Aaron Schatz
I enjoyed this SI feature by our old friend Doug Farrar. If you could put together an NFL coaching staff using any coaches, even if some of them were demoted to lower positions, who would you put where? He starts with Belichick, with Bruce Arians and Wade Phillips as his coordinators. But on my dream team, Belichick only gets to be head coach. He has to work with Ozzie Newsome as his GM. It's cool, they've worked together in the past. This time they won't be signing Andre Rison.
32 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2016, 10:16pm by Bebe Wold