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SITE NEWS: Football Outsiders Almanac 2018 Now Available!

We're happy to announce that the PDF version of Football Outsiders Almanac 2018 is now available for download! (Click to read more.)

FOA 2018 Inevitable Errors/Mistakes Thread

Please use this thread to alert us to errors, misspellings, and other typos in Football Outsiders Almanac 2018. Let us know the error and the page. We'll correct these in future versions of the book, and you can re-download and get a corrected copy.

55 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2018, 6:26pm by rosmith51

Richard Sherman's Cornerback Summit

Since Peter King left for NBC, MMQB has been passing around the weekly Monday morning column, and Robert Klemko takes it this week. He's got a lot of interesting discussion with a group of cornerbacks who Richard Sherman gathered at Stanford this offseason to work out together and share notes on opposing receivers. Klemko speaks to Sherman, Aqib Talib, and Malcolm Butler about their moves to new teams and how they might fit into those schemes. Also lots of good info in here from our partners at Sports Info Solutions. You'll find more of the SIS charting data on these players (plus A.J.

27 comments, Last at 23 Jul 2018, 10:38am by Hoodie_Sleeves

SITE NEWS: 2018 KUBIAK Projections Now Available!

News on the 2018 KUBIAK fantasy football projections and other 2018 FO products! (Click to read more.)

How the NFL's New Helmet Rule Could Change Football as We Know It

A good look here at the NFL's new helmet rule, which is very narrowly drawn: "it's a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent." This rule brings up a lot of questions. What happens now when ballcarriers duck to gain extra yardage? What about quarterback sneaks? And how will they enforce this rule with linemen, who essentially make helmet contact with each other on nearly every play?

21 comments, Last at 11 Jul 2018, 6:04am by Theo
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30 comments, Last at 20 Jun 2018, 8:54pm by Rob Eves

Which Defenses Depended on "Non-Pressure Sacks" in 2017?

How does a defense get lots of sacks without great pressure? Coverage sacks and quarterbacks just tripping over their own feet. (Click to read more.)

24 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2018, 2:38pm by cdubya

From the Bench to the Booth

Good article here by Jonathan Jones on MMQB. You can instantly move into the broadcast booth if you're a Pro Bowl-quality player such as Jason Witten. But how do lower-level players move into today's diverse media landscape. Jones talks to Geoff Schwartz, Andrew Hawkins, Dan Orlovsky, and others. Some good football analysts here. There's a lot more to being a media personality than just knowing the subject, and there's no reason why great players should be better broadcasters than guys who were average starters or even bench players such as Orlovsky. Just ask Mike Mayock and Matt Bowen.

15 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2018, 1:39pm by rpwong

Here Come the Kickoff Changes

Today at the NFL Spring League Meetings, the league made some changes to kickoffs. They aren't getting rid of them entirely. Click here to see some really good graphics that do an excellent job of explaining what's changing and why.

50 comments, Last at 11 Jun 2018, 9:25am by dbostedo

Chuck Knox Passes Away at 86

Longtime NFL head coach Chuck Knox, aka "Ground Chuck" for his love of the running game, passed away today at the age of 86. Knox coached the Rams from 1973-1977 as well as 1992-1994, the Bills from 1978-1982, and the Seahawks from 1983-1991. He was NFL Coach of the Year in 1973, 1980, and 1984, once with each franchise.

46 comments, Last at 29 May 2018, 5:46pm by Will Allen