VINCENT VERHEI has been a writer and editor for Football Outsiders since 2007. In addition to writing for Football Outsiders Almanac 2019, he did all layout and design on the book. During the season, he writes the “Quick Reads” column covering the best and worst players of each week according to Football Outsiders metrics. His writings have also appeared in ESPN The Magazine and in Maple Street Press publications, and he has done layout on a number of other books for Football Outsiders and Prospectus Entertainment Ventures. His other night job is as a writer and podcast host for pro wrestling/MMA website f4wonline.com. He is a graduate of Western Washington University.
Indianapolis figures out how to keep everyone around, while Tennessee worries that everyone will leave. Jacksonville's quarterback situation is far more secure than it was a year ago, but Houston's may be more in question than you think.
The New York Giants had to win three playoff games on the road, then beat a team that was shooting for greatest-ever status in Super Bowl XLII. How does that stack up to the playoff runs of other Super Bowl winners? And how the heck did the best team of Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain era miss the Super Bowl?
The day before the Super Bowl, former Giants/Eagles/Saints/Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones will compete for another championship. Jones will play "five or 10 minutes off the bench" for Blackheath rugby club against the Cornish All Blacks for the EDF Energy National Trophy.
Stewart Mandel at SI.com looks at the possibilities that the NCAA will go to a plus-one championship game (somewhat likely) or full-fledged playoff (no chance). Everyone gets their say here -- conference reps, bowl game heads, TV execs.
This week, Roy Williams devotes his life to comic books and pizza, everyone says something mean about a tight end, the Chargers get way too happy about their new wide receiver, and Willis McGahee tries to make nice with the city of Buffalo.