23 May 2016, 08:10pm by Vincent Verhei
Our old buddy Mike Tanier is back with a look at "dumb" NFL strategies that fans hate, and whether or not things like prevent defenses, third-and-long runs, and short field goals are even worth trying.
14 comments, Last at 01 Jun 2016, 11:18pm by jsf80238
19 May 2016, 02:17pm by Aaron Schatz
Football Outsiders seeks a couple of new interns to specifically handle two parts of our website: 1) Compiling the Week in Quotes during the season as well as occasional Month in Quotes articles in the offseason; 2) Searching independent team blogs occasionally for quality articles we can highlight with links and discussion on our Extra Points blog.
The internship is unpaid, but college credit is available if your university allows for it. Solid work could lead to writing opportunities down the line!
11 May 2016, 12:29pm by Tom Gower
Great long piece on MMQB by Robert Klemko, looking at the development and training of the quarterbacks picked in the 2016 draft. A lot of the things are unsurprising-most of them played 7-on-7 football, not just in the fall, virtually all of them worked with specialized QB coaches outside their family and normal high school coaches, family support was key, and, yes, many of those families had money to pay for those specialized coaches-but there's a lot to read and consider in this detailed article.
12 comments, Last at 18 Jun 2016, 11:23pm by LastTitan
09 May 2016, 06:02pm by Vincent Verhei
Kenneth Arthur at Sports On Earth has put together the most fun random offseason thought experiment I've seen in a while: Is it possible to put together a trade in which every NFL team gives a player to get a player ... with every team coming out improved when all is said and done?
20 comments, Last at 11 May 2016, 10:01am by Raiderjoe
05 May 2016, 04:54pm by Vincent Verhei
This piece by Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has been making the rounds the past few days.
10 comments, Last at 09 May 2016, 8:30am by Aaron Brooks Good Twin
03 May 2016, 04:31pm by Aaron Schatz
Those "next-gen stats" on NFL broadcasts are pretty useless, but there's actually a ton of interesting things you can do with the Zebra data that tracks player movement with chips in each player's shoulder pads. Nik Oza from the Georgetown Sports Analysis club got access to similar data as part of the 2016 MIT Sloan Conference "Hackathon" and shares here some of the things teams will be able to do with this tracking data.
3 comments, Last at 05 May 2016, 3:51pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible
25 Apr 2016, 12:52pm by Aaron Schatz
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a 2-1 decision, overturning the previous overturning of Tom Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension. The essential finding here is that in the last CBA, the NFLPA negotiated away any legal rights for players. Roger Goodell's broad discretion under the CBA means he can essentially do anything to any player for any reason at any time.
376 comments, Last at 02 May 2016, 9:56am by justanothersteve
20 Apr 2016, 05:36pm by Vincent Verhei
In surprising news, the Carolina Panthers have rescinded their franchise tag on Josh Norman, meaning that effective immediately the veteran cornerback is free to sign with any team he pleases -- and it seems a sure thing that team won't be the Panthers.
"After a number of conversations with Josh's agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable," Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said. "We have decided to rescind the Franchise Tag freeing Josh to immediately become a UFA. We thank Josh for all his contributions and truly wish him well."
51 comments, Last at 27 Apr 2016, 10:11am by Bright Blue Shorts
20 Apr 2016, 02:23pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, another big trade at the top of the NFL draft. The Cleveland Browns are trading the No. 2 pick in this year's NFL draft to the Philadelphia Eagles for five selections over the next two years.
The Browns get the 2016 first-round pick (No. 8 overall), the Eagles' third-round and fourth-round picks in 2016. They also get the Eagles' 2017 first-round pick and the Eagles' 2018 second-rounder. The Eagles get the No. 2 pick this year and... reports seem to disagree on whether they also get this year's Cleveland fourth-round pick or a conditional 2017 fourth-round pick.
187 comments, Last at 13 May 2016, 12:46pm by jammer2
Eight weeks ago, the Vikings were undefeated and ranked No. 1 in DVOA. Now they're 6-6 and probably done. What went wrong?