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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.

Aaron Schatz's Archive

Historical Aggressiveness Index, 1983-2020

A look at historical aggressiveness on fourth downs shows how much the league has changed since 2018. An all-time list including 131 different head coaches is topped by recent unsurprising names (Pederson, Nagy, Payton) and more surprising older names (Bruce Coslet! Jim Haslett!).

May 13, 9:44 am ET
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May 13, 9:44 am ET
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Aggressiveness Index 2020

Football analytics is slowly winning the battle over fourth downs, as 2020 was the most aggressive season in NFL history for go-for-it decisions. Thirty-three of 35 head coaches had an Aggressiveness Index above 1.0 last year! Find out who came out on top, with names both expected and unexpected.

May 11, 11:00 am ET
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May 11, 11:00 am ET
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Baltimore Trades Orlando Brown to Kansas City

Well, Kansas City has its new left tackle, and Orlando Brown is getting to play left tackle like he wanted. I'm stunned that Baltimore was willing to do this deal with Kansas City, a major rival considering these are probably two of the top three teams in the AFC right now.

April 23, 3:03 pm ET
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April 23, 3:03 pm ET
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Julian Edelman Retires

Patriots slot receiver Julian Edelman retired today after a 12-year career that included a Super Bowl MVP award. No, he's not going down to play with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay; his knees are shot. So now we're going to have the Edelman Hall of Fame argument.

April 12, 5:39 pm ET
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April 12, 5:39 pm ET
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