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Aaron Schatz

Founder of Football Outsiders
Editor-in-Chief
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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Josh Allen Gets Paid

The latest in a series of new contract posts, this time it's Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen! Allen has signed a six-year extension that apparently doesn't kick in until after he plays the final two years of his rookie contract, so Allen is now signed through 2028.

August 06, 1:17 pm ET
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August 06, 1:17 pm ET
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ESPN: Ranking All 32 Teams by Under-25 Talent

New on ESPN+, our annual ranking of all 32 teams by talent under the age of 25. This year's list is led by Miami, Washington, and the Los Angeles Chargers. We had to decide which was better, overall young talent or a top young quarterback. We ended up with a No.

August 06, 8:41 am ET
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August 06, 8:41 am ET
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Oklahoma, Texas Seek SEC Move in 2025

This is not news at this point, but we wanted to provide a place to discuss the coming changes in college football. Today, Oklahoma and Texas formally made their request to move to the SEC in 2025. There's a lot of legal work to be done, but this move is essentially going to happen.

July 27, 12:30 pm ET
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July 27, 12:30 pm ET
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Steelers Sign Melvin Ingram

The Steelers signed former Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Melvin Ingram to a one-year deal this afternoon. He probably bumps prospect Alex Highsmith from the starting lineup. Ingram is 32 and played only seven games last year due to knee injuries, and he had 0 sacks.

July 19, 4:14 pm ET
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July 19, 4:14 pm ET
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Panthers, Moton Agree to Four-Year, $72-Million Deal

It looks like most of this year's franchised players are going to make it to today's deadline without agreeing to new long-term contracts, and they'll have to play out the year on the franchise tag. One player did get in under the wire though: right tackle Taylor Moton of the Panthers.

July 15, 3:14 pm ET
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July 15, 3:14 pm ET
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Ranking All 30 NFL Cities as Destinations

There's no way this will be controversial, right? Ben Volin of the Boston Globe has an article up this weekend ranking all 30 NFL cities as football travel destinations. How much is there to do in each city? How good is the stadium atmosphere, and how accessible is it?

July 10, 1:54 pm ET
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July 10, 1:54 pm ET
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