04 Jan 2013, 11:53am by Aaron Schatz
The other shoe drops, as the Chiefs today parted ways with GM Scott Pioli. All indications are that the Chiefs will be hiring Andy Reid as their new head coach, and they're going to want to join him up with a new GM who shares his personnel philosophies. UPDATE: And a few minutes later, the reports came out that the Chiefs and Reid have in fact agreed to a contract and he will become their head coach.
50 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2013, 11:46am by Dean
04 Jan 2013, 08:52am by Mike Tanier
Some read-option talk, a look at the weak link in the Packers offensive line, and a note about how bad Texans games look a lot like good Texans games.
14 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2013, 1:04am by Raiderjoe
02 Jan 2013, 03:34pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey everybody! Time for the second edition of our Playoff Challenge game. Here's how it works: You need to pick a roster consisting of 2 QB, 4 RB, 4 WR, and 2 TE. You must pick one player from each of the 12 playoff teams, no duplicates. Whoever has the highest fantasy score during the playoffs wins a copy of Football Outsiders Almanac 2013 and the 2013 KUBIAK fantasy football projections. Standard fantasy scoring, no PPR. Thanks again to former Scramble writer Ian Dembsky for the idea for this game. We'll close entries on Saturday morning.
14 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2013, 5:02pm by Aaron Schatz
02 Jan 2013, 02:00pm by Aaron Schatz
This seemed like a good possibility after his triceps injury earlier this season, but today Ray Lewis made it official: He will retire after the playoffs, no matter how far the Baltimore Ravens make it. Some players may have been a little better at their peak, but for sustained greatness over a long period, it's hard to argue against the idea that Lewis is the greatest linebacker in NFL history. He's been considered "overrated" for so long that he's actually been underrated for quite some time.
49 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2013, 3:38pm by cisforcookie
02 Jan 2013, 12:49am by Aaron Schatz
Due to some technical issues, when we posted our Playoff Odds Report on Monday it was based on only 5,000 simulation runs. This led to some strange results that didn't quite make sense. (For example, a NE-SF Super Bowl was listed as more likely than a DEN-SF Super Bowl even though DEN is more likely to make the Super Bowl than NE.) We've now got an updated version that runs 50,000 simulations and provides more accurate odds. The 12 teams are still in the same order, but there are some small changes.
02 Jan 2013, 12:07am by Tom Gower
In Tuesday's rare press conference, Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery expounded on how he evaluated the Bears offensive line. Sean Jensen provides the transcript, which clocks in at 2,234 words, and it's well worth reading as a rare in depth insight into a GM's thought process.
20 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2013, 10:24am by Anonymousse
31 Dec 2012, 02:48pm by Aaron Schatz
Finally, no more "sources reporting." It is done.
38 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2013, 6:30pm by Will Allen
31 Dec 2012, 02:44pm by Aaron Schatz
OK, hard to argue with this one, I guess, although these aren't the first guys I would have fired this morning. Who wants to go run a team without a quarterback! Can I see a show of hands?
32 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2013, 11:48am by wr
31 Dec 2012, 01:47pm by Aaron Schatz
Just one stat to encapsulate J.J. Watt's amazing 2012 season. (Click to read more.)
40 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2013, 8:08am by lyle
Lane Johnson and D.J. Fluker were selected high in the draft, but both have troubling flaws in pass protection according to Word of Muth.