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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

1984 DVOA Ratings and Commentary

Let's go back in time with another dominant 80s San Francisco squad and Dan Marino enjoying one of the greatest quarterback seasons in NFL history. Plus, the legend of the Chicago defense begins, Eric Dickerson sets the all-time rushing yardage record, and the Rams score three safeties in one quarter.

February 25, 11:12 am ET
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February 25, 11:12 am ET
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Off The Charts Podcast: February 11

Last year on the podcast, we said that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a good all-around team with huge holes at the quarterback and tight end positions. Do you think two future Hall of Famers helped? Off The Charts reviews Super Bowl LV, giving props not just to the Tampa Bay pass rush but also their coverage and their offensive strategy. (Click for audio link.)

February 11, 2:48 pm ET
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February 11, 2:48 pm ET
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Predicting the HOF Class of 2022

Now that we know the Hall of Fame class of 2021, it's time to start debating the class of 2022. Our own Mike Tanier has his picks, seeing it as a year where the voters will be able to clear some logjams at positions including the offensive line, linebacker, and safety.

February 08, 1:14 pm ET
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February 08, 1:14 pm ET
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Super Bowl LV Preview

The top-line numbers suggest a Tampa Bay upset in Super Bowl LV, but the specific matchups point to favoring Kansas City. We cover everything from how each quarterback fares under pressure to different personnel groupings to how the Week 12 matchup might inform the strategies on Sunday.

February 04, 11:11 am ET
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February 04, 11:11 am ET
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