Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

04 Jan 2013

Field Gulls Video Chat with Aaron Schatz

I did a "Google+ hangout" video chat last night with two guys from Field Gulls, a Seahawks fan site on SB Nation. I was apparently in a jaunty mood and wouldn't shut up, so this thing goes on a long time, an hour and a half. We get into how FO started, where DVOA comes from and how it has developed over time, and we talk a lot about the Seahawks and this weekend's game as well. Lots of good FO stuff for non-Seahawks fans too, and you get to see what the back of my office looks like. Enjoy.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 04 Jan 2013

6 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2013, 9:14pm by jellopolis


by Richie :: Fri, 01/04/2013 - 2:39pm

The part where you describe how the Falcons don't save any play by play from their past and the Rams threw everything away when they moved to St Louis is just crazy. (Could this possibly be related to the overall success of those 2 franchises over the past ~30 years?)

I can understand this in 1930. But to think that as recently as 1996, NFL teams decided to just throw away old information is just crazy.

I'm a nut and have saved all the data from my fantasy football league that started in 1988.

by pman62 :: Fri, 01/04/2013 - 2:41pm

Just curious, are you guys going to do another playoff sauce article? The last one you did was from 96-05, but now you have data from 88-12 so its much easier to do it now.

by Bruce Lamon :: Fri, 01/04/2013 - 3:31pm

Thanks, Aaron, great show. What are the odds that anybody with the Seahawks is paying attention: don't blitz! (I think throwing from outside the pocket will happen naturally.)

by The Danger! (not verified) :: Fri, 01/04/2013 - 8:45pm

The Seahawks don’t really blitz all that much anyway. I can’t imagine that they would change directions now, especially after viewing the Redskins film (which they have been doing for a while since they have "borrowed" some play designs for RW). The success of the Seahawks Defense will likely hinge on two things: Can the Seahawks be disciplined and maintain gap control and are the fast enough to blow up the option by putting pressure on RGIII before the WR’s are able to get open? If they can, this game might not be very close. If I had to guess, I bet they will have Irving and Clemons on the field a lot for this game; Irving for his speed, and Clemons for his brains/brawn.

That being said there are a lot of (excellent) rookies/sophomores on the Seahawks defense that might be prone to excitement and mistakes. If they do, this game will be close (and yet still anyone’s game). Regardless, I think this has the potential to be of the most thrilling playoff games in recent memory.

by pqlqi (not verified) :: Sat, 01/05/2013 - 2:48am

Thanks for doing this Aaron. As a regular at fieldgulls.com, was very appreciative of the time you spent "media-whoring" with us.

Good luck with the business.

by jellopolis (not verified) :: Sat, 01/05/2013 - 9:14pm

greatly appreciated this...thank you Aaron!