Our offseason Four Downs series ends with a look at the NFC West's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. The Rams and 49ers have to kick-start their passing games, Arizona's offense lacks a big dimension, and the Seahawks continue to rely on Russell Wilson's magic tricks.
18 Nov 2004
We are proud to announce that this week Football Outsiders officially enters into a partnership with Baseball Prospectus. This is a big step forward for us, and we could not be more thrilled to be associated with the company that represents the gold standard in intellectual sports analysis (as well as pithy player comments).
The biggest news from this deal is the return of Pro Football Prospectus to bookstores in 2005, written and edited by the staff of Football Outsiders. No name in the world of preseason annuals has the cache of Baseball Prospectus, and we are honored that they have chosen us to produce a football book that will carry their brand. When I first decided to start Football Outsiders eighteen months ago, my goal was to create a football site as smart, vibrant, and influential as Baseball Prospectus. Gaining their imprimatur is quite meaningful to me.
We learned a lot about producing an annual of this magnitude thanks to our participation in Pro Football Forecast this past offseason, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to produce an entire book on our own. Pro Football Prospectus 2005 will reflect the Football Outsiders approach to analysis, writing style, and sense of humor. We're going to bring out all our tools -- from DVOA to adjusted line yards to Scramble for the Ball's witty putdowns of Ron Dayne -- in order to produce what we think will be the best football annual on the market.
Our partnership with Baseball Prospectus presents a number of other possibilities as well. You may see articles from our writers on their site -- perhaps comparing our two sports and the approaches we take to writing about them -- and you have already seen articles from their writers on our site (the Will Carroll interviews about NFL injuries). I'll be appearing more often on Baseball Prospectus Radio, at least from November through January, and that starts this weekend. I might show up at a Pizza Feed or two, and so might the other guys. And we may share ideas that will help us improve our analysis tools using concepts they use for baseball.
We also will have the opportunity to do online chats at baseballprospectus.com, taking questions from both our readers and theirs (although I expect there is plenty of crossover). In fact, the first chat will be next Tuesday, November 23, at 1 p.m. Eastern time. You can follow that link to ask your question in advance, and you don't need to be a baseballprospectus.com member in order to ask a question. (Although, if you like baseball as well as football, why aren't you? Their stuff rocks.)
Anyway, we couldn't be happier to be part of the Prospectus family. We will be remaining an independent entity, however, with our own Football Outsiders look and feel, and we'll keep doing the things we do that don't have an equivalent over at BP (such as the Extra Points article blog, discussion threads on our articles, Jason Beattie's cartoons, and begging for money to feed my daughter).
One final note: Now that this deal is official I can finally say that the prize for winning each Loser League contest is in fact a free copy of Pro Football Prospectus 2005. So Mark Stinks, if you are out there, email me with your real name and address so we can get you a book next July, and whoever picked the best losers for Weeks 10-17 will get a book too. You can also win a book by participating in the Boston Sports Media Watch Fund Drive.
Big day around here, so thanks for sharing it with us!
|-- Aaron Schatz|
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