20 Aug 2013
If it is Week 3 of the preseason, it must be time for the annual FO post calling for new game charters. If you've read Football Outsiders Almanac 2013, you know just how valuable this information is. The more charters we have, the quicker we can turn around the data and use it during the season -- and the fewer people who have to cover a full game instead of just one half.
It can take a little bit of time to get used to charting, and it may take an hour or two to do a half at the beginning, but you quickly learn what to look for and it will get down to taking an hour or so. Any charter will tell you how much you learn from watching a game for charting -- it really gives you new insight on the sport. That goes double if you have NFL Game Rewind Plus and can use all-22 film to help determine defensive coverage.
If you join the charting project, you'll get access to all of the charting data compiled by the FO game charters once the season is complete, and your comments may end up in FOA 2014. Dependable charters over a certain minimum number of halves in 2013 will also get a free copy of both FOA 2014 and the 2014 KUBIAK fantasy projections.
If you are interested, please e-mail us at gamecharting-at-footballoutsiders.com with the subject "Game Charting 2013." Once we've collected names over the next couple days, you'll get an e-mail from us asking a few questions, and we'll take it from there.
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