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Tampa Bay to Hire Bruce Arians as Head Coach

Retirement? I don't think this word means what you think it means. After a year off, 66-year-old Bruce Arians is back in the league. This pairs a head coach who loves to go deep with a quarterback who's best throwing deep, so it seems like a good marriage. Arians apparently will come as a package with his former Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and say what you want about Bowles as a head coach, but he ran some pretty good defenses for Arians with the Cardinals.

7 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2019, 5:25pm by Will Allen

Arizona to Hire Kliff Kingsbury as Head Coach

Jason Lisk makes the right point over at The Big Lead... this is all about salvaging Josh Rosen after his dismal (second-lowest quarterback DYAR ever) rookie season. Kingsbury is thought of as a cutting-edge offensive mind, but he was only 35-40 at Texas Tech. He couldn't win there with Patrick Mahomes as his quarterback. But there's a big difference between a) trying to recruit defensive players to Lubbock and b) starting with Chandler Jones, Patrick Peterson, and the No.

21 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2019, 7:23am by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual

Green Bay to Hire Matt LaFleur

The first coach-hiring domino has fallen, with Green Bay offering its head coaching position to Tennessee offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. They wanted a young offensive mind, and they got one, as LaFleur is only 39 years old. But he's also only called plays in the NFL for one year. He didn't call plays as Rams offensive coordinator in 2017 or as Atlanta quarterbacks coach in 2015-2016. Despite the one year with Sean McVay, LaFleur is a Kyle Shanahan guy through-and-through; he was also Washington quarterbacks coach under Shanahan in 2010-2013.

21 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2019, 10:13pm by TimK
Injury Aftermath: Wild-Card Round
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Injury Aftermath: Wild-Card Round

The latest injury news from the wild-card round, as we look forward to the divisional playoffs.

4 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2019, 6:42pm by RobotBoy

Can NFL Coaches Overuse Play-Action? They Haven't Yet.

Josh "Air Yards" Hermsmeyer wrote this piece for FiveThirtyEight showing that play-action passes do not lose their effectiveness the more often teams call them in a game. What's more interesting than the conclusion is Hermsmeyer's methodology -- using the NFL's Next Gen tracking data, he followed middle linebackers and tracked how far they moved in pursuit of running backs who they thought had the ball. It's cutting-edge analysis that looks not just at how play-action works, but why.

Jared Allen and the NFL All-Pro Curling Team

Former All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen made a bet with a friend that he could become an Olympian, and so he's formed a curling team with fellow ex-NFL players, and they're working to try to make the 2022 Olympics. The team includes Michael Roos, Keith Bullock, and Marc Bulger. I assume they live the mayonnaise lifestyle.

4 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2019, 6:46pm by justanothersteve

Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Finalists

The 15 finalists for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced.

23 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2019, 8:51am by eggwasp

SITE NEWS: 2019 Playoff Fantasy Challenge

It's time for another game from Football Outsiders! Pick the best fantasy team you can using one player -- but only one player -- from each of the 12 playoff teams. The winner gets a free copy of the 2019 KUBIAK fantasy football projections. Click for rules and to enter.

FO Madden Stars for December 2018

Once again this season, we have teamed up with EA Sports to bring Football Outsiders-branded player content to Madden 19 on a monthly basis. Today, we get to announce the Football Outsiders December players for Madden Ultimate Team on consoles. (Click to read more.)

Injury Aftermath: Week 17
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Injury Aftermath: Week 17

With the regular season over, we take a look at the injury situations for each of the playoff teams.

1 comment, Last at 02 Jan 2019, 11:53am by Sixknots