11 Feb 2014, 02:54pm by Aaron Schatz
During the offseason, we'll continue to be choosing star players for special Football Outsiders elite cards in Madden 25 Ultimate Team, based on strong performances in our various stats in 2013. This week, we're starting with a whole offensive line representing the top five teams in Adjusted Line Yards, our stat which breaks down runs of different lengths to get an idea of which teams get the best run blocking.
11 Feb 2014, 11:21am by Rivers McCown
OK, so the battle for the Browns' front office has been decided and the winner is... the assistant GM? Apparently? Who the heck knows at this point. Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi are out. Ray Farmer has been promoted to general manager, a title which he will surely hold for at least the next six days. This franchise has no stability. It has negative stability. No, worse, it has "i" stability. The stability of this franchise is an imaginary number.
89 comments, Last at 14 Feb 2014, 1:16pm by Tim Wilson
10 Feb 2014, 08:16am by Mike Tanier
An offseason "risers and fallers" piece, in which teams with young cores and cash to spend (Eagles, Colts) get better and old teams in cap trouble fall (Saints, Steelers). Click around Sports on Earth for our GM for a Day series: Rob Weintraub has the latest installment, about the Buccaneers, but we are updating daily. Also: lots of Michael Sam coverage.
3 comments, Last at 11 Feb 2014, 6:18pm by Sisyphus
10 Feb 2014, 12:51am by Rivers McCown
This week, PK lets anonymous general managers say things about Michael Sam, tells the tale of John Schneider building the Seahawks roster, and offers a new concussion study for digestion.
36 comments, Last at 13 Feb 2014, 3:25pm by Theo
09 Feb 2014, 10:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, here we go. The time has come, and this isn't going to be like Jason Collins, some backup coming out in his late 30's. Michael Sam of Missouri, reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year and mid-round draft prospect, came out tonight in an interview with ESPN's Chris Connelly. Sam came out to his coaches and teammates in August, had a great season, and now will head to the NFL. We have to wait for the combine drills, but I must admit, I'm even a little bit more curious about the SackSEER projections now.
50 comments, Last at 13 Feb 2014, 11:36am by justanothersteve
06 Feb 2014, 10:23pm by Aaron Schatz
This is Deadspin's attempt to not only create a comprehensive list of African-American quarterbacks in the NFL, but to give them each a biography, ranging from one or two sentences about guys who washed out quickly to long, detailed discussion of men like Fritz Pollard, Michael Vick, and Steve McNair. They literally had to have the Gawker technical people raise the character limit for a post to make this thing publishable.
34 comments, Last at 12 Feb 2014, 10:50am by Kevin from Philly
06 Feb 2014, 02:07pm by Aaron Schatz
Congratulations to reader Douglas Daley of Haymarket, Virginia, who won our 2014 Playoff Challenge with his team "dougied." He'll get a free copy of next season's KUBIAK projections and FOA 2014.
6 comments, Last at 07 Feb 2014, 11:18am by ooter
05 Feb 2014, 01:32pm by Rivers McCown
Half of the Thursday Night Football lineup for next year will be headed to CBS, and the other half will be on the NFL Network, per a deal between the NFL and CBS. This also brings back two Saturday games, and all 16 games will be done by CBS' lead broadcasting team.
In other words: JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
29 comments, Last at 08 Feb 2014, 7:47pm by Jerry
04 Feb 2014, 01:33pm by Aaron Schatz
Yes, there will be Football Outsiders Madden Ultimate Team elite players for the Super Bowl, in packs this weekend. They are:
Are the best defenses against play action the best against regular passes too? How much impact does play action really have in an NFL game, and does it correlate from year to year?