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18 May 2017, 03:50pm by Vincent Verhei

The Panthers Have the Weapons to Conquer the NFL with Option Football

You could use a lot of harsh words to describe the Carolina offense in recent years, but "predictable" might be the most accurate. FO alum Mike Tanier looks at the new weapons the Panthers have added in Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, then uses video clips and play diagrams to show how they can be used to make life much easier -- and safer -- for Cam Newton.

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5 comments, Last at 25 May 2017, 2:57am by The Ninjalectual

11 May 2017, 02:25pm by Aaron Schatz

SITE NEWS: FO Seeks New Technical Director

Football Outsiders is seeking a new Technical Director to help complete a long-awaited upgrade to Drupal 8 and then maintain our site afterwards. (Click to read more.)

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10 May 2017, 11:42am by Aaron Schatz

NFL Names Alberto Riveron Head of Officiating

I wish I could tell you I had some kind of insightful, complicated analysis of this move, but I don't. Alberto Riveron will move from the field to the head office to replace Dean Blandino, at least partially. The league also has announced Russell Yurk will head up the league’s replay department, so he's the guy who will be in charge of the central decision-making on replay every Sunday.

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4 comments, Last at 12 May 2017, 3:22pm by alexcaster

01 May 2017, 12:50pm by Aaron Schatz

The Future of Football

Really interesting longform feature over at SB Nation asking how football can change over the next few years in order to reduce concussions and keep the sport going. Spencer Hall has a couple of points I particularly agree with. One, that change has to come at the high school level even more than the NFL level, because high school football is how most people play the sport.

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77 comments, Last at 25 May 2017, 6:14am by Lebo

30 Apr 2017, 12:07pm by Tom Gower

Bills Fire GM Whaley

What might be a denouement in As The Buffalo Bills Turn came today. The day after the conclusion of the 2017 NFL draft, the team with the longest playoff drought in the league fired general manager Doug Whaley. The rest of the scouting staff was also dismissed. Owners Terry and Kim Pegula will hire the next general manager, and decide after that how the front office will be structured. Both Whaley and new head coach Sean McDermott reported directly to the Pegulas, and we'll see who runs things now.

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37 comments, Last at 04 May 2017, 12:00pm by Noah Arkadia

27 Apr 2017, 07:25pm by Aaron Schatz

Mike Tanier's Draft Grades

Grading draft picks immediately on draft day is silly, but at least Mike Tanier's draft grades will be a) funny and b) include intelligent analysis of these teams' strengths and weaknesses. So go check out our old compatriot. He'll be grading every pick all weekend long, all the way through Mr. Irrelevant.

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13 comments, Last at 25 Aug 2017, 10:25am by wiliam

27 Apr 2017, 01:54pm by Vincent Verhei

Rise of the Mock Draft Empire

Jason Lisk's story at The Big Lead looks at the rise of the NFL draft -- once a chore of a middle-management committee, now a multi-day media event. From ESPN's first coverage in 1980, to Mel Kiper's creation of an industry. And along the way, mock drafts became a thing, starting with the Independent Press Telegram in 1958 before becoming regular features by Paul Zimmerman and Joel Buchsbam. Which brings us today, when everyone in and out of the media seems to be putting one together themselves.

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4 comments, Last at 11 May 2017, 4:52am by RobotBoy

24 Apr 2017, 05:21pm by Aaron Schatz

The Development of Shotgun Offense in the NFL, in Four Tables

Usage of shotgun formations in NFL offenses has certainly changed over the past 20 years, peaking with San Francisco going shotgun on 99 percent of plays in 2016. (Click to read more.)

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20 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2017, 4:48pm by nat

24 Apr 2017, 03:46pm by Vincent Verhei

The Best NFL Factories

ESPN has put up some fun infographics looking at which college football programs have produced the most and best NFL players over the last 15 years. I've got some problems with the methodology -- it seems to me you'd want to measure each school's total value produced, not average value per draft pick -- but it's interesting to note that Alabama's offensive linemen have generally underperformed their draft position, as have Clemson's defensive linemen and defensive backs.

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2 comments, Last at 24 Apr 2017, 11:20pm by ssereb

20 Apr 2017, 04:30pm by Aaron Schatz

2017 NFL Schedule Announced

OK folks, the full 2017 regular-season schedule is out. Go ahead and discuss which teams you think got screwed by the distribution of road games or how often they have to play teams coming off bye weeks.

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21 comments, Last at 25 Apr 2017, 12:38pm by The Powers That Be