13 Sep 2016, 12:54pm by Aaron Schatz
I figured I should provide a place for FO readers to debate these horrible monstrosities. After all, we've always been about having fun with elements of fandom, not just stat analysis. These uniforms are mostly awful, and the fact that they didn't color coordinate so that both teams in a game would wear them at the same time seems ridiculous too. The whole thing is ridiculous. The best ones are the ones that are naturally traditional, like the Giants in all white with the red and blue trim. Last year's Rams-Bucs game, on the other hand, was a hiddeous affront against nature.
47 comments, Last at 19 Sep 2016, 10:51pm by TomKelso
12 Sep 2016, 04:21pm by Andrew Potter
Robert Griffin's latest injury highlights the fallout from Week 1.
27 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2016, 1:27pm by Bobman
12 Sep 2016, 07:44am by Mike Tanier
Hey folks! I'm back with a revamped and rebranded Monday morning wrapup.
Just to update longtime readers, I will not be writing game previews this year. After 10 years, I could use a break from that weekly grind, and B/R has me doing more features and such.
Speaking of B/R, we have quite an FO presence now with Doug Farrar spearheading the new Top 1000 scouting project and Cian Fahey scouting the quarterbacks. Come check us out, then come on back to FO for a deeper look at the numbers.
15 comments, Last at 15 Sep 2016, 12:52pm by CommissarTaco
08 Sep 2016, 05:56pm by Scott Kacsmar
Scott Kacsmar makes his 2016 predictions, noting where he specifically agrees and disagrees with the FO projections.
5 comments, Last at 11 Sep 2016, 12:05pm by galactic_dev
08 Sep 2016, 04:28pm by Aaron Schatz
Once again this season, we're partnering with EA Sports to bring special Football Outsiders-branded items to Madden 17 Ultimate Team. Find out the first five players to go into packs this weekend. (Click to read more.)
07 Sep 2016, 06:23pm by Scott Kacsmar
If you think the NFL product has been lacking in recent years, you are not alone. Just consider the age of the players. Kevin Clark of The Ringer has an interesting piece on the concern of more young players entering the league, fewer older players making rosters, and what effect that can have on the fundamentals of football. Our snap-weighted age metric is mentioned as the average age of rosters has gradually decreased from 27.2 in 2006 to a record-low 26.6 in 2015. There is also an interesting story of Baltimore coach John Harbaugh approaching DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFLPA, at Tray Walker's funeral in March to express his dismay with the NFL's current rules for offseason contact between coaches and players.
65 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2016, 7:02am by Theo
07 Sep 2016, 04:23pm by Aaron Schatz
Football Outsiders is proud to introduce two new Premium products that readers have long requested: 1) Weekly fantasy football projections and 2) Game charting metrics updated throughout the 2016 regular season. (Click to read more.)
12 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2016, 8:08pm by Aaron Schatz
06 Sep 2016, 11:19pm by Tom Gower
More Football Outsiders Almanac 2016 in the media. This time, it's the latest installment with FO fan Steph Stradley, who runs a Texans blog hosted by the Houston Chronicle. Topics discussed include projecting the Texans, Brock Osweiler and what the Texans might have done otherwise, perennially dismal special teams units and how much they matter, and that the AFC South isn't very good. Somehow, Jadeveon Clowney's name did not come up, believed to be a first in 2016 Texans-related content.
1 comment, Last at 07 Sep 2016, 2:58pm by JFP
06 Sep 2016, 06:52pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey kids, it's time to join your favorite contest. Pick the worst fantasy players in the NFL, the guys who'll be racking up statlines of 9 carries for 15 yards and 1 catch for 4 yards on 3 targets. You can win a free copy of our KUBIAK fantasy projections next season, or a free copy of Football Outsiders Almanac 2017! Entries end on Saturday night.
03 Sep 2016, 11:12am by Sterling Xie
In a move completely out of left field, the Eagles have reportedly traded Sam Bradford to the recently quarterback-needy Vikings for a 2017 first-round pick and 2018 fourth-round pick. The move was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
It certainly seems like a hefty price tag to pay for Bradford, who has never posted an above-average and healthy season (at least if you put stock in DVOA, and if you're reading this, you surely do). This is especially true given that Bradford is ostensibly a one-year rental. However, given the structural damage Teddy Bridgewater suffered in addition to his torn ACL, perhaps the Vikings also see Bradford as insurance for 2017. Philadelphia has already paid out the entirety of Bradford's $11 million signing bonus, but Minnesota would still be on the hook for a $17 million cap hit if they keep Bradford through next season, per Spotrac. At the very least, if Bradford is competent, it's easy to imagine Rick Spielman picking up the quarterback's $4 million option in March.
Meanwhile, the Eagles somehow recouped more than they gave up for Bradford in the first place. Howie Roseman has now mostly restocked what Philly lost from its draft cupboard in trading up for Carson Wentz, who is now a step closer to taking the reins under center for good.
129 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2016, 9:42am by ZDNeal
Guest columnist Zachary O. Binney looks the effects of the removal of the "Probable" designation from the NFL's official injury reports.