28 Jun 2016, 10:20am by Aaron Schatz
The great defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan passed away this morning at the age of 82. Ryan, of course, created the 46 defensive scheme for perhaps the best defensive team in NFL history, the 1985 Chicago Bears. He was also head coach for one of the often forgotten great defenses that followed, the late-80's Philadelphia Eagles. His twin sons Rex and Rob will coach together in Buffalo this season, and I expect to hear a lot about a season dedicated to their father's memory.
28 comments, Last at 08 Aug 2016, 9:06am by sirish
27 Jun 2016, 10:15am by Tom Gower
Heading into the dead of the NFL offseason, MMQB kicks off a week honoring the legendary football writer Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman, knocked out of the writing game by strokes in 2008. Peter King's MMQB column starts things off with a look at Z's current status, residing in a New Jersey assisted living facility.
As outlined in today's column, here are the plans for articles later this week:
'• On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll have three excerpts from his book: Dr. Z on journalism, and his well-traveled career; his all-time team (offense); and his all-time team (defense).
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15 Jun 2016, 05:52pm by Vincent Verhei
"On March 9, 2016, I became the first active NFL player to openly advocate for the use of cannabinoids to treat chronic pain and sports-related injuries. It's time for the NFL to change its archaic standards to better protect its players and set an example for our young athletes. For too long, I’ve watched my teammates and good friends battle with opioid addiction and leave the game with a long road still ahead; it's time to make a change."
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13 Jun 2016, 10:09pm by Aaron Schatz
The Eagles announced a new contract extension tonight for defensive lineman Fletcher Cox. It's a six-year extension worth up to $103 million. Usually those numbers are a lot of nonsense but this time, there is a LOT of guaranteed money here. There's $36.3 million guaranteed at signing and another $19.3 million will be guaranteed by next March. Cox played defensive end in last year's 3-4 and will move back to defensive tackle with the Eagles returning to a 4-3 this season. He had 9.5 sacks and our charting (combining ESPN and SIS data) ranked him tied for fifth in the NFL with 34 hurries.
12 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2016, 3:00am by Tami Hansell
08 Jun 2016, 01:33pm by Aaron Schatz
I enjoyed this SI feature by our old friend Doug Farrar. If you could put together an NFL coaching staff using any coaches, even if some of them were demoted to lower positions, who would you put where? He starts with Belichick, with Bruce Arians and Wade Phillips as his coordinators. But on my dream team, Belichick only gets to be head coach. He has to work with Ozzie Newsome as his GM. It's cool, they've worked together in the past. This time they won't be signing Andre Rison.
34 comments, Last at 22 Dec 2016, 7:26am by telolet
07 Jun 2016, 04:07pm by Aaron Schatz
Football Outsiders is looking for a programmer to help us with database projects that will improve our stats pages. (Click to read more.)
27 May 2016, 10:42am by Tom Gower
Rex and Rob Ryan open up to Jenny Vrentas of the MMQB about, oh, all sorts of things, like the Bills' 2015 defensive struggles, what went wrong in New Orleans, working together, working for Bill Belichick, sleeping in the office in January, struggles with weight, getting fired, and some other stuff.
9 comments, Last at 21 Jun 2016, 7:35am by seawolf
24 May 2016, 05:42pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey, readers. Our old pal Andy Benoit, former FO writer and now Sports Illustrated writer, is looking for new members for his team of researchers and fact-checkers. The position is on a volunteer basis for anyone looking to gain experience in football media. Much like an internship with FO, it requires an extensive knowledge of the NFL plus the drive to double-check even the seemingly most tedious of facts.
Also, Benoit is looking for a social media guru to help expand his Facebook and Twitter reach.
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!
The 2016 study of failed completions finds an undesirable record for Joe Flacco, and praise for... Matt Barkley? Also: another depressing Rams sequel, Matt Ryan's weak spot, gadget receivers, and Tom Coughlin's teams are on the rise.