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23 May 2017, 01:23pm by Tom Gower

Cortez Kennedy Passes Away

Former defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy has died at the age of 48, per the Orlando Police Department. Kennedy was a star at the University of Miami and a star with the Seattle Seahawks after they took him with the third overall pick in the 1990 draft. He was thrice named first-team All-Pro, was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 for a Seahawks team that went 2-14 (and finished third in defensive DVOA), and was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1990s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. R.I.P.

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2 comments, Last at 23 May 2017, 4:55pm by Joe Pancake

23 May 2017, 01:15pm by Scott Kacsmar

2017 NFL Rule Changes

The NFL's owner meetings have led to a few rule changes for the 2017 season.

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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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19 May 2017, 06:22pm by Vincent Verhei

The Sam Bradford Index

Sam Bradford set an NFL record last year by completing 71.6 percent of his passes, but he was also last in the league with 9.8 yards per completion. Chase Stuart at Football Perspective looks for other quarterbacks with similar styles -- high completion rates but few yards per completion, for their era. Featuring lots of appearances by Joe Montana, Len Dawson, and Fran Tarkenton!

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8 comments, Last at 22 May 2017, 12:33pm by MilkmanDanimal

18 May 2017, 03:50pm by Vincent Verhei

The Panthers Have the Weapons to Conquer the NFL with Option Football

You could use a lot of harsh words to describe the Carolina offense in recent years, but "predictable" might be the most accurate. FO alum Mike Tanier looks at the new weapons the Panthers have added in Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, then uses video clips and play diagrams to show how they can be used to make life much easier -- and safer -- for Cam Newton.

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4 comments, Last at 19 May 2017, 5:17pm by dank067

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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4 comments, Last at 12 May 2017, 3:22pm by alexcaster

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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30 Apr 2017, 12:07pm by Tom Gower

Bills Fire GM Whaley

What might be a denouement in As The Buffalo Bills Turn came today. The day after the conclusion of the 2017 NFL draft, the team with the longest playoff drought in the league fired general manager Doug Whaley. The rest of the scouting staff was also dismissed. Owners Terry and Kim Pegula will hire the next general manager, and decide after that how the front office will be structured. Both Whaley and new head coach Sean McDermott reported directly to the Pegulas, and we'll see who runs things now.

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37 comments, Last at 04 May 2017, 12:00pm by Noah Arkadia

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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12 comments, Last at 01 May 2017, 9:20am by jtr