Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

10 Aug 2016

SITE NEWS: Andrew Healy Moves On

It's time to say goodbye to another member of the Football Outsiders staff as he moves on to bigger and better things, but this one is kind of special.

Andrew Healy will be leaving both Football Outsiders and the economics department at Loyola Marymount University to join the front office of the Cleveland Browns. He becomes the first person from our staff to join an NFL franchise. His official title is Senior Strategist for Player Personnel, and he'll be working with Sashi Brown, Paul DePodesta, and all those guys as they try to end Cleveland's long string of losing seasons.

And you thought we were kidding with that line in the Cleveland chapter of FOA 2016 about the staff of FO going to work for the Browns?

Actually, we were kidding. Rob Weintraub wrote his original rough draft of that chapter before the Browns even contacted Andrew.

I've always taken pride in my "coaching tree" of former FO writers who have prominent roles around the world of NFL journalism. This adds a unique branch to the tree. It's important for us to still be honest and objective in our analysis of Cleveland's personnel moves, but I can't lie, I certainly would like for Andrew and his team to be successful. (Scott Kacsmar and Rob Weintraub may feel differently.)

Sterling Xie will be taking over the Any Given Sunday column this season, and we'll have news soon on new writers for Scramble for the Ball. (Scramble for the Ball: the True Detective of Football Outsiders columns!)

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 10 Aug 2016

22 comments, Last at 19 Aug 2016, 7:47pm by Sisyphus

Comments

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Thu, 08/11/2016 - 1:30pm

In the words of Megan Pettine ... "It's the browns.. But hey, still pretty cool!"

Congratulations Andrew.

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by Jerry :: Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:58am

What BBS said.

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by Raiderjoe :: Thu, 08/11/2016 - 2:45pm

comngatulations to a. healy. browns office in Berea, ohio. nice building to work in.

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by theslothook :: Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:11pm

As a fellow economist/econometrician - please take me with you!

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:28pm

Oof. My condolences.

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by fb29 :: Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:45pm

Woah. Badass.

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by Will Allen :: Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:52pm

Congratulations to Andrew. Now I have to go back and see where I was right and Andrew wrong, so I can brag that I'm better at football rightitude than a real NFL front office executive. It was easier when Matt Millen still worked for the Lions.

On a wholly sincere note, Aaron, you should be very, very, proud of the platform that has helped launch so many NFL-related careers. THAT is really a terrific accomplishment for a small business owner like yourself. In a very real sense, this is the stuff that makes the world a better place. Congratulations.

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by medelste :: Thu, 08/11/2016 - 7:18pm

So impressive! Congrats to Andrew, Aaron, and the Browns!

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by Never Surrender :: Thu, 08/11/2016 - 10:01pm

Great news for Andrew. Congratulations!

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by Topas :: Fri, 08/12/2016 - 4:38am

Wow, I guess Browns will be one of my secondary teams now. I have a soft spot for them anyway, since I am a Bills fan, the Browns are my companions in misery. Although these bastards now have an NBA title. Anyway, best of luck Andrew. Go Browns...

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by Ten Drink Drunk :: Fri, 08/12/2016 - 4:27pm

Wow, that is very cool. Congrats to Andrew and kudos to Aaron for building the platform to launch Andrew's football career.

I have a soft spot for the Browns like many others and this will be all the more reason to root for them to turn it around.

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by roguerouge :: Fri, 08/12/2016 - 7:41pm

Congrats! May this be the end of the beginning for you, as you enter into a whole new era of your (work) life.

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by White Rose Duelist :: Fri, 08/12/2016 - 10:37pm

So how much should we revise the Browns estimate from FOA 2016 up now?

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by herewegobrownie... :: Sun, 08/14/2016 - 10:05pm

SUPER BOWL!!!!

Well, at least a game or two.

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by Andrew Healy :: Sat, 08/13/2016 - 5:30pm

Thanks very much to everyone for the kind words. And a particular thanks to Aaron. I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to benefit from both his insane football knowledge and uncommon generosity.

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by Red :: Sun, 08/14/2016 - 9:29pm

Did you reach out to the Browns, or did they reach out to you? Either way, congrats!

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by theslothook :: Mon, 08/15/2016 - 3:47am

Andrew. Just wondering - will you get to use econometric techniques and will the organization take them seriously? I like to think of econometrics as the most circumspect of all statistical disciplines as we are much more interested in isolating casuality from correlation. its remarkable how much football statistics mimic panel data of gpd or say income per capita across countries or counties.

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by t.d. :: Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:13pm

Hell of a writing tree. Congrats

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by Willsy :: Sun, 08/14/2016 - 12:38am

Imagine when someone has to explain the Johnny Football pick to him,

"And then the owner said 'nah lets pick Johnny Football' and so they all lived happily ever after."

A bit like "don't mention the war" in Fawlty Towers.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Sun, 08/14/2016 - 7:28am

Wait, does this mean I have to actually make a post about the Browns where I'm not making fun of them? Dammit.

In all seriousness, congrats, and this is a pretty dang near career path.

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by Theo :: Mon, 08/15/2016 - 12:20pm

Hope your career there will be longer than the Head Coaches or quarterbacks.

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by Sisyphus :: Fri, 08/19/2016 - 7:47pm

Congratulations of course but the Browns don't seem to listen very well nor have they demonstrated much in the way of patience.