05 Mar 2008, 02:11pm by Aaron Schatz
Was Brett Favre the greatest quarterback in modern NFL history? As I detail in this week's ESPN.com column, the answer depends on how much weight you put on peak performance vs. career value. Using the metrics from the "best quarterback seasons ever" article in PFP 2005, Favre doesn't have a single season in the top 50. Yet, how many quarterbacks gave their teams 15 years of above-average play (and one of slightly below-average play) at football's most important position -- without missing a game?
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28 Feb 2008, 02:17pm by Aaron Schatz
Let's kickoff my weekly off-season column on ESPN.com with a look at similarity scores for some of this year's free agent wide receivers: Bernard Berrian, D.J. Hackett, Donte' Stallworth, Marty Booker, and not actually Randy Moss. Sorry about the brief post of this yesterday -- ESPN had it up and then decided to hold it one day to run as part of a larger FA package. (By the way, no "FO Goes Mainstream" box on the front page for the off-season, since this weekly ESPN column is pretty much all we'll be doing for larger sites for a while.)
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31 Jan 2008, 03:41pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's my final appearance on the Bill Simmons podcast, at least for the 2007 season. Giants fans will no doubt be ticked off, Rams fans will appreciate my appreciation, and everyone else will wonder why Rams fans should care about a Super Bowl XLII preview. Also this week: a superfluous Mike Tanier reference! To listen, go to the Sports Guy page on ESPN (linked) and click the podcast in the upper right.
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31 Jan 2008, 03:10pm by Aaron Schatz
Here we go with the last ESPN stat notebook of the year. I had to cut at least half of the material I compiled, so believe me, there's plenty left for the FO Super Bowl preview tomorrow. Consider this a nice little preview of the preview.
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25 Jan 2008, 02:55pm by Aaron Schatz
Sorry to sound like a broken record about this, but I don't think people understand how weak the Giants are in comparison with past Super Bowl teams... and that includes their postseason run of greatness. One tidbit here that people probably have not heard: Out of the 10 teams that required three wins in order to make the Super Bowl, the Giants have the LOWEST average margin of victory in the playoffs.
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17 Jan 2008, 09:59pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the ESPN stat notebooks for the AFC and NFC championship games. More to come with our game previews on Friday.
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16 Jan 2008, 09:05pm by Aaron Schatz
Here we are, me and Bill Simmons, previewing this weekend's championship games. We get a little Patriots-centric in here, apologies to those of you from the rest of the country. Also, can you tell from the quality of my voice that I'm fighting off a cold? Man, this has been the sickest year of my life. My stuff starts the podcast, it goes about a half hour, and you can hear it by going to the Sports Guy page and looking in the upper right corner.
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10 Jan 2008, 10:39pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's your heavy helping of Football Outsiders hardcore stats for this weekend's four games. No disrespect is meant to Giants and Cowboys fans because their section is shorter -- I just couldn't find as much compelling Giants/Cowboys material. As for the other three matchups, believe me, there's plenty of stuff still left over for the FO previews. Thanks to Doug Farrar for helping me to put a few of these together.
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10 Jan 2008, 12:41am by Aaron Schatz
Time for another edition of the Bill Simmons podcast on ESPN.com, featuring football talk with all of Bill's friends and... me. I'm like an honorary Friend of Bill Simmons! This week's "mistake I didn't realize until later" is identifying the Green Bay nickel back as Patrick Dendy (last year's guy) instead of Jarrod Bush. Podcast is in the top right of the Sports Guy page (linked) and I think I'm second up this time, not first.
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03 Jan 2008, 07:19pm by Aaron Schatz
Here is this week's stat notebook for ESPN.com, with notes about all four games. This notebook has some interesting stuff about the shotgun formation as well as the asterisk next to Tennessee's "59th in the DVOA era" defense.
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