07 Jan 2016, 10:44pm by Aaron Schatz
The Hall of Fame has announced the 15 finalists for induction in 2016. Three players made it in their first year of eligibility: Brett Favre, Terrell Owens, and Alan Faneca. The other 12 finalists are Morten Andersen, Steve Atwater, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, John Lynch, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner.
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06 Jan 2016, 11:59pm by Vincent Verhei
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 2-14 and 6-10 in two years under Lovie Smith, and lost five of their last six games in 2015 (including defeats at the hands of the Colts, Saints, Rams, and Bears), so it's not a huge surprise that Lovie Smith was fired. The surprise is when the announcement was made -- approximately 10 p.m. local time on a Wednesday night, more than 72 hours after the last game of the season. Did Smith do something wrong Tuesday afternoon or something?
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06 Jan 2016, 02:39pm by Aaron Schatz
Peter King polled a broad panel of 24 NFL people, from analytics guys (including me) to players and media people and one celebrity fan (John Legend) to get these picks for 2015 awards. Come read my impassioned argument for Buffalo offensive coordinator Greg Roman as Assistant Coach of the Year, even though only coordinators from playoff teams seemed to get votes from anyone else.
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06 Jan 2016, 12:04am by Cian Fahey
Everything changed after Week 7. That was when the Houston Texans defense showed the resiliency it was expected to show from the start of the season. The Texans were giving up over 28 points per game during the first seven games of the season, but brought it back down to 12 per game since then. Now they face one of the teams that beat them early in the year, the Kansas City Chiefs, and it's their defense that gives them hope.
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05 Jan 2016, 02:41pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a look at the five players chosen as Football Outsiders stars for Madden Ultimate Team in Week 17. (Click to read more.)
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05 Jan 2016, 01:02pm by Aaron Schatz
The Browns have hired Paul DePodesta, former GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as "chief strategy officer." He'll apparently run the Browns alongside Sashi Brown, formerly the team's general counsel and now executive director of football operations. DePodesta has a football background, playing wide receiver at Harvard and then working with the CFL Baltimore Stallions before going into baseball. There seems to be a general sense that going with non-football people like Brown and DePodesta to run the show means the Browns are going all-in on analytics.
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05 Jan 2016, 01:19am by Vincent Verhei
It has been rumored for a long time, and now it's official: the San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, and Oakland Raiders have all begun the process of relocating to Los Angeles. In all likelihood, two of those teams will be playing in L.A. this fall, and the other will have a VERY hard time selling tickets to a fanbase they just spurned -- like a girl who leaves you for another guy and then calls you a week later when things with him don't work out. I mean, I've heard.
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04 Jan 2016, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz
No, really. The biggest news of Black Monday is the opposite of Black Monday. What kind of Monday is it when a coach who was considered on the chopping block all season gets a four-year extension instead of being told goodbye? Apparently, Ryan Grigson, Jim Irsay, and Pagano have hugged it all out. My problem with the decision isn't this decision, but rather the decision to keep both Pagano and Grigson. The rest of this team has never developed around Andrew Luck. Either Pagano isn't coaching them up with the right schemes, or Grigson isn't drafting and signing the right players.
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04 Jan 2016, 05:44pm by Andrew Potter
Houston goes into the wild card round missing a key blocker against a defense with a devastating pass rush.
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04 Jan 2016, 12:02pm by Aaron Schatz
Once again this year, we'll keep an open thread all day on the Monday after the season to announce firings. Every year, it seems like the announcements start earlier and earlier. This year, we can't even wait for any of Sunday's games to be over. (Click to read more.)
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The Giants and Ravens set a record in Super Bowl XXXV with 21 total punts. That record may well be in jeopardy. But in this battle of top defenses, Carolina's superior and more flexible offense gives the Panthers the edge.