17 May 2013, 04:43pm by Aaron Schatz
The Washington Post has an excellent four-part series that ran yesterday and today about medical issues in the NFL. Some of the graphics use detail from the FO injury database.
2 comments, Last at 17 May 2013, 11:56pm by Insancipitory
17 May 2013, 04:18pm by Tom Gower
Per Adam Schefter et al., the NFL announced today Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy. Hey, Chris Clemons, how's that ACL rehab going?
5 comments, Last at 17 May 2013, 10:00pm by Cro-Mags
15 May 2013, 06:34pm by Aaron Schatz
As the world's self-proclaimed "thinnest Type-2 diabetic," this story is making me angry. The Patriots are releasing Kyle Love with a non-football injury designation. According to Love's agent, Richard Kopelman, this is because Love was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes two weeks ago, and has lost a lot of weight recently. It seems like a typically Patriots example of a cold-hearted football move, but even as a football move it seems like a massive overreaction.
37 comments, Last at 17 May 2013, 9:00pm by otros
14 May 2013, 09:54pm by Aaron Schatz
Outside linebacker Melvin Ingram tore his left ACL in OTAs today and is likely gone for all of 2013. This may not be as big a blow as some people think. Ingram didn't have a great rookie year, with just one sack in 14 games. Meanwhile, the Chargers' pass rush was actually better in 2012 than generally advertised, ranking eighth in Adjusted Sack Rate. Even as a 3-4, they get strong pass rush from linemen like Corey Liuget and Kendell Reyes. But with Shaun Phillips now in Denver, there's no depth among San Diego's edge rushers.
26 comments, Last at 17 May 2013, 10:24pm by Megamanic
14 May 2013, 11:32am by Rivers McCown
Three-time All-Pro back Chuck Muncie has passed away after a heart attack, per Adam Schefter.
3 comments, Last at 15 May 2013, 12:20am by BroncosGuyAgain
14 May 2013, 11:30am by Rivers McCown
An in-depth look at how the Saints scouting department came to the conclusion that Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro was the player they wanted with the 15th overall pick.
5 comments, Last at 15 May 2013, 5:08am by Jerry
13 May 2013, 12:06pm by Rivers McCown
This week's MMQB is focused on Manti Te'o and the Chargers rookies, remembering Jack Butler and George Sauer, and looking back at Ronde Barber's remarkable durability.
4 comments, Last at 14 May 2013, 11:10am by Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom
13 May 2013, 10:09am by Mike Tanier
Thought I would write a football article about football this week.
6 comments, Last at 14 May 2013, 5:58am by Insancipitory
13 May 2013, 03:50am by Rivers McCown
Sally Jenkins and Rick Maese on the unanswered question of who should bear the medical costs of retired players with long-term injuries.
24 comments, Last at 16 May 2013, 1:18pm by Insancipitory
10 May 2013, 05:23am by Danny Tuccitto
I'm in the midst of working on a running back projection model that will run in Football Outsiders Almanac 2013, and came across this incredible (at least to me) factual nugget: From 1999 to 2013, there have been 431 college running backs who either were invited to the NFL combine or were drafted despite no combine invitation. Of those 431, 266 amassed some amount of DYAR over the course of their NFL careers.
Of those 266 running backs, only three got drafted as true* sophomores, and their names are LeSean McCoy (2009), Dion Lewis (2011), and Bryce Brown (2012, though his situation was much more complicated). You don't have to be Mike Tanier to notice that the Andy Reid-era Philadelphia Eagles were responsible for all three picks.
Obviously, McCoy's track record speaks for itself and Brown was a dynamic replacement in limited action last season, so this isn't a critique. Rather, it's simply an observation worth relaying to our readership; I have no clue (as yet) what to make of it in relation to the larger picture of projecting college backs.
*Five other running backs since 1999 have been drafted as redshirt sophomores: Willis McGahee (2003), Knowshon Moreno (2009), Ryan Williams (2011), Ronnie Hillman (2012), and Lamar Miller (2012).
12 comments, Last at 12 May 2013, 10:17am by Doc Beara
Lane Johnson and D.J. Fluker were selected high in the draft, but both have troubling flaws in pass protection according to Word of Muth.