SITE NEWS: Welcome New Hires
I'm happy to announce the arrival of three new FO staff members, including a couple of writers you may have been reading already. I'm really excited to bring these guys on.
ANDY BENOIT will be taking over our weekly NFL column Cover-2, mixing scouting with analysis of play design and strategy. He'll also be contributing to Audibles at the Line each week and writing a couple of team chapters for Football Outsiders Almanac 2012. Andy has been writing about the NFL longer than anyone at Football Outsiders except maybe Mike Tanier. (Maybe.) He started writing about the NFL on his own at age 11 and by 2005 -- when he was still a teenager -- his annual NFL preview NFL Touchdown was published nationally by Ballentine. For the last couple seasons, he's been writing regularly for CBS Sportsline and the New York Times Fifth Down blog. He lives in Boise, Idaho. You can follow him on Twitter @Andy_Benoit.
Click here for an example of what you'll be getting in Cover-2 next year.
MATT WALDMAN will be bringing us a new weekly column focusing on scouting college prospects throughout the season and in the months running up to the draft. Many of you know Matt's work on fantasy football for the great site footballguys.com, and his participation in their weekly "The Audible" podcast. You may or may not know that Matt is also a hardcore draftnik who has been producing an annual report on draft prospects called the Rookie Scouting Portfolio since 2006. Matt's new column fulfills two goals, giving us more college football content as well as the regular NFL Draft content many FO readers have long asked for. Matt lives in Athens, Georgia and you can follow him on Twitter @MattWaldman.
Matt also has his own website where he covers prospects, and you can click here to read some examples. He's hard at work finishing up this year's RSP, and you can buy that on his site for $19.95. Once he's all done with RSP in the beginning of April, we'll get up a few columns before we hit the 2012 draft.
I will note for people who were already fans of Andy or Matt that their work will also continue to appear at the other websites mentioned above. Now you just get more of their work, and you get it from us!
Last, but certainly not least if we want to keep our website humming and our code updated, is ERIK STEIRINGER of Grossmont Designs, who will be taking over Elias Holman's job as FO Technical Director. Erik has plenty of experience programming and managing sites, with his largest being the official site for Comic Con. He lives in San Diego.