Founder of Football Outsiders
Creator of DVOA and DYAR
Compared to Bill James by The New York Times Magazine, and attributed as a “founding father of football analytics” by The Ringer, AARON SCHATZis 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 Republic, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Slate, The American Prospect, and the Boston Phoenix. Aaron resides in Worcester, Massachusetts and yes, is a New England Patriots fan.
NFL Tables Discussion of Fourth-and-15 "Onside Kick"
Aaron Schatz28 May 2020, 05:13pm
In a virtual online meeting today, the NFL owners discussed rule changes and debated the idea of using a fourth-and-15 play as an alternative to onside kicks. They made a decision to table the proposal, which had too many outstanding issues to win approval.
Bryan Knowles comes on this week's Off The Charts podcast to discuss his FO Dynasty Rankings. We go through the methodology, the decisions we had to make when finalizing the list, and then discuss the top ten dynasties unveiled on Thursday. (Click for audio link.)
Today's Off The Charts podcast is all about the FO DVOA metric: how it was created, how it's changed over time, and where it's going in the future. (Click for audio link.)
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Rams Join the New Uniform Parade
Aaron Schatz13 May 2020, 11:09am
The Los Angeles Rams are the last team to introduce new uniforms this offseason. The blue and yellow call back to the classic Rams uniforms of the 80s and 90s, with modern touches like gradient numbers. The road "bone on bone" uniforms are interesting, especially since the Rams have gone back to yellow horns on the helmets.
Aaron Schatz and Matt Manocherian look back at the 2020 draft now that we've had a week to collect opinions and think about the results. We compare the FO Draft Report Card Report to the SIS Draft Team Grades, and discuss some of the more controversial picks including Jordan Love and Jalen Hurts. Plus: a look ahead to the two top quarterbacks of 2021. (Click for audio link.)
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Coronavirus and the 2020 College Football Season
Aaron Schatz29 Apr 2020, 01:23pm
This is an excellent summary from ESPN of the issues that face college football as it tries to figure out how on earth to play a season in 2020.