Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Sep 2015, 12:55pm by Aaron Schatz

The Sorry State of Football Analytics

Trey Causey wants to know why football seems to be the one sport -- maybe the one industry -- where data analytics is not having any real impact. He makes some good points. How many times do we need to make the same arguments about fourth-down strategy? On the other hand, I do think analytics are having some under-the-radar impact in front-office decisions. Just because some front offices make bad decisions to trade up in the draft doesn't mean analytics isn't taking hold in other front offices. But yes, it sure seems ridiculous that we're still arguing over obvious things and low-hanging fruit.

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43 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2015, 6:10am by fest201620

23 Sep 2015, 04:41pm by Vincent Verhei

Kam Chancellor Ends Holdout

The three-time Pro Bowl strong safety missed all of training camp and the first two games of the regular season.

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27 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2015, 6:12am by fest201620

23 Sep 2015, 03:35pm by Aaron Schatz

SITE NEWS: Football Outsiders on Facebook

Football Outsiders has always been absurdly negligent when it comes to our Facebook presence, but we're trying to change that, slowly but surely. Starting this season, we've been posting links to most of our new content through both Facebook and Twitter. So if you get a lot of your news and links through Facebook, please make sure to Like our Facebook page. You can just search for Football Outsiders, or click the link here.

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22 Sep 2015, 09:31pm by Aaron Schatz

Cowboys Trade for Matt Cassel

In a not ridiculous move, the Dallas Cowboys traded for quarterback Matt Cassel today, dealing a 2017 fifth-round pick to Buffalo for Cassel and a 2017 seventh-round pick. (Because of previous trades, the Cowboys didn't have a 2016 pick past the fourth round to offer in a deal.) Cassel offers good insurance in case Brandon Weeden is terrible as the new Dallas starter, although it's expensive insurance because Cassel has a $2 million contract. Yes, Cassel is mediocre at best, but that mediocrity may be better than Brandon Weeden's best.

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58 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2015, 6:19am by fest201620

21 Sep 2015, 03:10pm by Vincent Verhei

Week 2 Injury Aftermath (UPDATED)

Tony Romo's broken collarbone highlights the damage this week.

UPDATED: Drew Brees might miss several games with a shoulder injury.

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26 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2015, 9:15pm by kimkom

21 Sep 2015, 01:50pm by Vincent Verhei

League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

More bad news about the toll playing football takes on the human brain: "A total of 87 out of 91 former NFL players have tested positive for the brain disease at the center of the debate over concussions in football, according to new figures from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on the study of traumatic head injury."

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28 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2015, 6:20am by fest201620

21 Sep 2015, 12:25pm by Vincent Verhei

MMQB: Panic and Patience

Peter King looks at the NFL's eight 0-2 teams and determines which will be OK, and which are doomed.

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21 Sep 2015, 07:13am by Mike Tanier

Monday Morning Hangover: Chip Kelly's Good Ideas Have Gone Bad for the Eagles

The mood here in the Greater Philly area is ... not good. And they haven't even closed the whole region down for the Pope yet.

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101 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2015, 6:20am by fest201620

20 Sep 2015, 11:39am by Aaron Schatz

The Farce of Tackling Stats

Michael McKnight wrote a great piece for the Sports Illustrated NFL preview issue about how messed up tackling stats are. I'm quoted in here, along with the guys from PFF. There are problems with tackling stats that can't be fixed by the league -- the league isn't going to ever track "tackle opportunities" or "broken tackles," let's be real. The biggest problem with tackling stats that the league can actually fix is the fact that the NFL is depending on official scorers to get them right on game day. The official scorers are only human.

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4 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2016, 5:54am by fest201620

19 Sep 2015, 10:12am by Mike Tanier

NFL Game Previews, Week 2

They aren't slideshows. They are 16-page symphonies to the football gods.

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7 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2015, 6:23am by fest201620