Aaron Schatz

Aaron Schatz

Founder of Football Outsiders
Editor-in-Chief
Creator of DVOA and DYAR
Worcester, MA

Compared to Bill James by The New York Times Magazine, and attributed as a “founding father of football analytics” by The Ringer, AARON SCHATZ is the creator and Editor-in-Chief of Football Outsiders. Aaron is also the creator of most of the original statistical methods (DVOA, DYAR) used in NFL analysis on this website, as well as Lead Writer, Editor, and Statistician on the book series Football Outsiders Almanac  (published since 2009). He also writes for ESPN.com and ESPN+, and appears weekly during the NFL season on the Off The Charts podcast. During the 2011 season, he was a regular panelist on the ESPN2 show Numbers Never Lie. Before Football Outsiders, Aaron spent five years as a radio host at WBRU Providence and WKRO Daytona Beach, and three years as the writer and producer of the Lycos 50, the Internet's foremost authority on the people, places, and things that are searched online. He has written on sports, politics, and taxes for a number of publications including The New RepublicThe New York TimesThe Boston GlobeSlateThe American Prospect, and the Boston Phoenix. Aaron resides in Worcester, Massachusetts and yes, is a New England Patriots fan.

Aaron Schatz's Archive

Zach Wilson Escapes Torn ACL?

Normally we don't post about injuries until they're announced by the team but Zach Wilson suffered a major knee injury tonight while scrambling on the second series of the Jets' preseason game against Philadelphia.

NFL Preseason Week 1 August 12, 10:45 pm ET
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NFL Preseason Week 1 August 12, 10:45 pm ET
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Deshaun Watson Suspended Six Games, NFL Appeals

The decision came down today from disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, an independent arbiter, and she has given Deshaun Watson a six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy following accusations of sexual misconduct.

NFL Offseason August 01, 8:57 am ET
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NFL Offseason August 01, 8:57 am ET
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Terry McLaurin Signs 3-Year, $71-Million Extension

Wide receivers continue to get paid. Today it is Washington's Terry McLaurin, who signed a three-year, $71-million extension with $53 million guaranteed. This adds three years onto his current contract, keeping him in Washington through 2025.

NFL Offseason June 28, 3:37 pm ET
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NFL Offseason June 28, 3:37 pm ET
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