13 Jan 2016, 02:06pm by Aaron Schatz
The most creative offensive coordinator in the league is headed to the other side of Ohio to pilot the Cleveland Browns, a.k.a. (according to the everyone in the media) THE FLAGSHIP FOR ANALYTICS.
So, hey, good luck to Hue Jackson. It's ridiculous that one team is going to be the public flagship for a tool that a lot of front offices use, but if that's how it has to be, those of us doing analytics on the outside would certainly be a lot better off if that team would win some games. Plus, formations where the offensive linemen flex out wide are fun!
56 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2016, 2:45pm by Bright Blue Shorts
12 Jan 2016, 09:49pm by Vincent Verhei
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the owners have approved the Rams' move from St. Louis to Los Angeles by a 30-2 vote, with the Chargers given an option to join them. The Raiders will remain in Oakland, with a big chunk of the Rams' relocation fees likely going to build a new stadium there.
100 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2016, 3:23pm by jackiel
11 Jan 2016, 03:54pm by Vincent Verhei
Will the Chiefs have their top wide receiver against New England?
10 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2016, 5:56am by fest201620
09 Jan 2016, 02:13pm by Aaron Schatz
The Miami Dolphins are hiring 37-year-old Adam Gase to be their new head coach. Gase spent this season as offensive coordinator in Chicago, but he's best known for his last few years as offensive coordinator in Denver, working with Peyton Manning and (as quarterbacks coach in 2011) Tim Tebow. Gase will be bringing aboard Cincinnati defensive backs coach Vance Joseph as his defensive coordinator.
37 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2016, 5:56am by fest201620
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.
71 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2016, 4:27pm by Mr Shush
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?
127 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2016, 4:06pm by Mr Shush
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.
46 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2016, 5:59am by fest201620
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.
5 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2016, 6:00am by fest201620
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.
55 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2016, 5:58am by fest201620
The 2015 Saints were the worst defense we have ever measured, and Brandon Browner set a single-season record for penalties, so it's no surprise to see him at the bottom of the coverage tables.