Aaron Schatz

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Aaron Schatz

Founder of Football Outsiders
Creator of DVOA and DYAR
Boston, 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.

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NFL Tables Discussion of Fourth-and-15 "Onside Kick" Aaron Schatz 28 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.

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Rams Join the New Uniform Parade Aaron Schatz 13 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.

2020 NFL Schedule Discussion Aaron Schatz 07 May 2020, 02:48pm

Here's your thread to discuss the 2020 NFL schedule, which has now been announced.

Don Shula Dead at 90 Aaron Schatz 04 May 2020, 10:41am

Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula, the all-time winningest coach in the NFL, passed away this morning at the age of 90 at his home in Miami.

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Coronavirus and the 2020 College Football Season Aaron Schatz 29 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.