14 Mar 2006, 11:38pm by Guest
A lot of people complained about the officiating in this year's playoffs. But just like players, officials cannot really be judged on a single game in the national spotlight. Guest columnist Matthew Furtek goes through several regular season games to judge the referee behind the most controversial calls of this past January. Bill who? No, we're talking about Pete Morelli, the man who overturned Troy Polamalu's interception in Indianapolis and presided over the infamous false start/offsides that was neither a false start nor an offsides.
47 comments, Last at 13 Apr 2006, 11:37pm by Mentos
02 Feb 2006, 05:30pm by Bill Moore
Other than tackles, interceptions, and sacks, there are very few publicly available stats to measure the quality of individual defensive players. That's why this year, Football Outsiders began a project to chart games and get more data to improve our analysis of defense. Bill Moore takes a look at this unofficial data to draw some conclusions about the Pittsburgh and Seattle secondaries -- some of which may surprise you.
75 comments, Last at 05 Feb 2006, 4:30pm by DGL
09 Dec 2005, 04:42pm by Michael David Smith
For the last two decades, many NFL teams have attempted to emulate the West Coast Offense, the short-passing system pioneered in San Francisco by Bill Walsh. But as Michael David Smith points out in this article from Thursday's New York Sun, Giants offensive coordinator John Hufnagel thinks a little differently.
69 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2006, 11:04am by Dave
02 Dec 2005, 03:24am by Aaron Schatz
What defines a champion? Are the greatest teams the ones which stomp on the league's bad teams, or the ones that gut out close, clutch victories against their best opponents? Is your record against winning teams really more important than your record against losing teams? Actually, no.
78 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2006, 9:33pm by Dan Babbitt
06 Oct 2005, 02:07pm by Aaron Schatz
Is Washington a fraud? If the statement is "Washington is 3-0 and has a shot at the playoffs," the answer is no. If the statement is "Washington has been one of the NFL's best teams so far in 2005," the answer is yes. Aaron Schatz goes inside the history of teams that start with three close wins, and shows that even the best unit in Washington isn't playing as well as people think.
195 comments, Last at 16 Oct 2005, 9:53am by Mykhael
30 Sep 2005, 04:16pm by Bill Moore
Nuts to those who say we at Football Outsiders don't even watch the games. Bill Moore, the impromptu impresario of the Football Outsiders game charting project, takes a look at the play of Jets cornerback Ty Law through the first three games to see if he's everything he's cracked up to be -- or, at least, 90% of everything he was before his foot was cracked.
33 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2005, 5:34pm by Led
10 Sep 2005, 04:55pm by Guest
The Denver pass defense in general, and Champ Bailey in particular, have taken heat from critics ever since the ignominious end to their season. Guest columnist Sean McCormick takes an in-depth look at both using just about every statistical tool in the book(s).
67 comments, Last at 22 Jul 2007, 10:45pm by Chris L
31 Aug 2005, 02:52pm by Mike Tanier
Finally fed up with years of bad defense, Minnesota and Kansas City have both transformed their defensive lineups with numerous free agents and top draft picks this offseason. Mike Tanier looks back at other recent teams that tried the same approach and finds mixed results.
16 comments, Last at 03 Sep 2005, 11:40pm by MikeT
26 Aug 2005, 03:22pm by Guest
Sure, dropped passes are harmful to a football team -- just ask any Seattle Seahawks fan -- but how harmful? Guest columnist Kevin Pelton set out in search of some answers.
31 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2005, 12:48am by Kevin Pelton
19 Aug 2005, 02:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Aaron somehow finds time between stops on PFP World Tour 2005 to answer your questions. Can we split out schedule strength next year by offense and defense? Why do teams pick quarterbacks in the first round when so many fail? Plus new KUBIAK projections for Denver, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Now updated with an "alternative" Tiki Barber projection for you Brandon Jacobs fans.
53 comments, Last at 24 Aug 2005, 11:29pm by Sid