Brian Knowles Football Outsiders Staff

Bryan Knowles

Staff Writer
Covering NFL since 2006
Chicago, IL

BRYAN KNOWLES grew up watching Joe Montana and Steve Young ply their trade at quarterback, so he has somewhat overly-inflated expectations of how quarterbacks should perform. This has certainly done him no favors over the past decade or so of watching the San Francisco 49ers. A graduate of UC Davis and San Jose State University, he has opted to eschew all the useful advice those august institutions have supplied him with and become a sportswriter instead. He’s been published at Bleacher Report and Fansided, and currently lives in Chicago with a wife who for some reason puts up with him.

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When Will Trevor Lawrence and Company Break the Rookie Wall?

This year's pack of highly-touted rookie quarterbacks hasn't exactly gotten off to the world's hottest start. Bryan and Andrew go through the Big 5 + 1 to try to find opportunities for the young bucks to actually put up a win or two.

September 29, 11:33 am ET
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September 29, 11:33 am ET
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Zach Wilson, Bill Belichick, and Selecting a Loser League Quarterback

Now that you can set your Loser League lineup every week, you have a decision to make—go for the floundering rookie, or find a devastating defensive matchup? We look at the historical numbers to see which strategy works better. Plus, we announce our veteran Week 2 winner and make picks for the biggest losers of Week 3.

September 22, 3:45 pm ET
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September 22, 3:45 pm ET
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Calibrating the DOOM Index for the Vikings and Jets

There are seven 0-2 teams in the league as we enter Week 2. Bryan and Andrew sort through the wreckage of so many seasons, to try and separate the truly dead from the mostly dead.

September 22, 12:12 pm ET
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September 22, 12:12 pm ET
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Jumping to Conclusions with Texans and Packers

The Houston Texans, best team in the AFC? The Green Bay Packers, last place in the NFC? Week 1 injected its usual dose of chaos into the NFL landscape. Bryan and Andrew try to parse through the wreckage.

September 15, 12:07 pm ET
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September 15, 12:07 pm ET
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Making Giant Mistakes on the Waiver Wire

Bryan and Andrew have let their fantasy rosters slide while preparing for the season to begin. Now they must pick through the remnants of the waiver wire to build a roster out of the dregs of the league, sorting through the Jameis Winstons and Russell Gages of the world to create something vaguely cromulent.

September 07, 9:33 am ET
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September 07, 9:33 am ET
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2021 Award and Stat Predictions: Living in Patrick Mahomes' World

Bryan and Andrew's offseason tour continues as they turn their attention to the individual stats and awards! Patrick Mahomes tickles them pink, Dak Prescott is in the pink, and Matt Nagy's slip may be pink.

September 01, 11:53 am ET
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September 01, 11:53 am ET
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AFC North Over/Unders: Playing Chicken with the Cleveland Browns

Bryan and Andrew finish their tour of the league's over/unders with the AFC North. Are the Browns for real, or is the pull of the Factory of Sadness to strong? Are the Steelers contenders, or will the ghost of Ben Roethlisberger's arm strength doom them? And what does Zac Taylor do here, exactly?

August 26, 4:15 pm ET
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August 26, 4:15 pm ET
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NFC North Over/Unders: Can Dan Campbell Lead the Lions Out of the Cellar?

Bryan and Andrew finish off the NFC by looking up North, where we wonder how warm Matt Nagy's seat can get, whether the Vikings are young or just inexperienced, and how to best serve filet of braised kneecap.

August 25, 10:00 am ET
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August 25, 10:00 am ET
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