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10 Most Important NFL Off-Season Moves

Full disclosure time: This is a somewhat basic piece requested by MSN rather than our usual in-depth, numbers-heavy analysis. But hey, there's always room for more debate, more lists, and more debate spurred on by lists.

87 comments, Last at 31 Aug 2006, 4:08pm by P. Luxx

FO Ranks All 32 Teams on FOX: Linebackers

We're back after much technical difficulty, and we come bearing linebacker rankings. The Super Bowl champions finally top one of our rankings, with the NFC champions just a few spots behind. Maybe linebacker is actually the most important position on the field...

46 comments, Last at 10 Aug 2006, 2:07pm by TracingError

FO Ranks All 32 Teams on FOX: Defensive Line

The AFC is clearly dominant over the NFC right now, but there's one place where the NFC is the better conference: defensive line. The Super Bowl champs are the only AFC line to break into our top six, and there are six AFC lines ranked below our bottom NFC line, Atlanta.

50 comments, Last at 15 Aug 2006, 3:54pm by wryyyyyyyyyyyy

FO Ranks All 32 Teams on FOX: Offensive Line

We return to our team-by-team rankings with the offensive line, a position where there are very few elite teams with significant holes or questions. Denver and Cincinnati, take a bow. Also, this article will give you a hint as to why our projection for Edgerrin James is so low. This article represents the "official" FO staff debut of Doug Farrar from SEAHAWKS.NET, who also wrote Four Downs for the NFC West this summer. He won't be writing a regular column during the season, but he'll give a West Coast viewpoint in Audibles and write about the NFC West for PFP 2007.

50 comments, Last at 15 Aug 2006, 4:44pm by Kevin

FO Chat at Baseball Prospectus

I took questions over at for an hour and a half today, about the new book and the upcoming season. Topics included improvements to DVOA and KUBIAK, teams least likely to make the Super Bowl, the Keenan McCardell All-Stars, Edgerrin James, and whether or not I am with leather. By the way, I screwed up the tour dates at the end -- DC is August 16, Cleveland is August 17. Hopefully I'll get to do another one of these chats soon, there were definitely more questions than ever before.

32 comments, Last at 27 Jul 2006, 5:39pm by GlennW

FO Ranks All 32 Teams on FOX: WR/TE

Our quarterback and running back unit rankings were arguably topped by the team with the best player at that position. But while Steve Smith was undisputedly the best receiver in football last year, Carolina comes in eighth in the wide receiver rankings. When it comes to wide receivers and tight ends, depth is as important as having one or two big stars. If you're a Dallas fan upset at where we ranked Bledsoe and Jones, you've in luck: we've finally reached the good part of your team.

73 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2006, 6:31am by rams fan

FO Ranks All 32 Teams on FOX: Running Backs

We continue our unit-by-unit ranking of all 32 NFL teams with a look at the running back position. The top two teams will surprise nobody, but the third could spur some debate. Good information in here from the FO game charting project regarding which teams use their fullbacks most in the running game.

72 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2006, 11:00am by zlionsfan

FO Ranks All 32 Teams on FOX: Quarterbacks

Yes, it's time for that fun debate, ranking all 32 teams at every position. What, you say, some other website just did this too, even on television? Ah, yes, but FOX has been doing this for years, and they won't let anyone stop them from doing it again in 2006. Even better, they're letting Football Outsiders do it for them. First, quarterbacks, where we solve the Manning-Brady debate with two simple words: Jim Sorgi.

112 comments, Last at 21 Jul 2006, 1:10pm by Wanker79

FO on FOX: A Maverick Move

When and if the NFL finally returns to Los Angeles, I've got an idea for who should own the team. Hint: He's $250,000 lighter in the wallet than he was a couple of days ago.

79 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2006, 11:47am by Mikey

FO on FOX: Off-season Power Rankings

DVOA? We don't need no stinkin' DVOA. For the first time, Football Outsiders brings you totally, completely subjective power rankings. Let the arguments begin!

140 comments, Last at 08 Jun 2006, 3:51pm by Doug