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06 Aug 2013

SITE NEWS: Scott Kacsmar Joins FO as Assistant Editor

Four years ago today, Mike Tanier's Walkthrough column talked about new research on the issue of quarterbacks and fourth-quarter comebacks. It turns out that most of the comeback numbers commonly circulated around the NFL were tallied by team public relations departments, and followed all sorts of inconsistent rules. Finally, somebody had standardized the count of fourth-quarter comebacks and separated them from game-winning drives (which include drives in tied games). It was all posted for the first time on pro-football-reference.com, the same day that Tanier wrote about the research for FO.

The man who did that research was Scott Kacsmar. In the four years since, he's become known as "Captain Comeback," and his work has appeared on numerous websites including NFL.com, NBCSports.com, Bleacher Report, SI.com, and Cold Hard Football Facts. And four years from the day we first mentioned him on our website, we're happy welcome Scott Kacsmar to Football Outsiders as our new assistant editor.

Scott is Steel City through and through: born and raised in Pittsburgh, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and a Steelers fan who credits Kordell Stewart for his desire to study better quarterback play. He'll be doing a lot of stat-based articles both for FO and for ESPN Insider, as well as answering the Premium fantasy mailbag and managing the FO injury database. Danny Tuccitto, who held many of those responsibilities, is taking a step back to concentrate on opportunities working with teams, but he'll still be writing some content for FO (including a special tenth-anniversary series updating the best DVOA/DYAR players ever that starts this week).

If you want to follow Scott on Twitter, his new Twitter handle will be @FO_ScottKacsmar.

Scott Kacsmar is not the only new person to welcome aboard. We're happy to add former intern Mike Ridley as a staff writer. You've seen a few things from Mike over the past few weeks. He won't be writing regularly during the season, but you'll see his work next offseason and in Football Outsiders Almanac 2014. We've also brought Steven Steinman, one of the founders of Spreadapedia, aboard as our new Technical Director. As we speak, he's working on the long-awaited, twice-cancelled Drupal upgrade that will hopefully solve a lot of our technical problems and clean up our store interface people use to buy KUBIAK and FOA.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 06 Aug 2013

21 comments, Last at 16 Aug 2013, 3:32pm by Bobman


by theslothook :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 5:40pm

For some reason, i thought scott was a colts fan.

by dmstorm22 :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 5:47pm

I won't speak to how he became one, but he's a Colts & Steelers fan. I think he's a Steelers fan first, though.

by Scott Kacsmar :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 6:52pm

Right. That too can be credited to Kordell Stewart and wanting to see a young passer (Manning) who was supposed to be the next Marino (a childhood favorite).

by Mike- (not verified) :: Tue, 08/13/2013 - 10:22am

No, he's a Peyton Manning fan first.
He's, to put it nicely, a Steeler contrarian.
IMO, he goes out of his way to torture stats to hate on the Steelers. It's a blind spot for him.
Exhibit A:

by fdgsfgsfgfdgsdfg (not verified) :: Tue, 08/13/2013 - 4:22pm

This guy is the ultimate cherry picker

by countertorque :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 5:54pm

Kordell Stewart made me an NFL and Steelers fan. Before I watched him, I thought execution was the only thing that mattered. Stewart made me realize that strategy is a huge part of the game and I was hooked.

by drobviousso :: Wed, 08/07/2013 - 12:20pm

Fellow yinzer here that started watching football seriously during the Stewart timeframe.

by Raiderjoe :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 7:40pm


by Jerry :: Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:08pm

I still would like to see Danny write a piece on sports psychology. IIRC, he mentioned doing something about "clutch" from the psychological point of view.

by Lell87 :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 8:45pm

Good stuff. Looking forward to your work, Scott.

by R K Neely (not verified) :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 10:37pm

Great to see that Scott will be working with Football Outsiders. A Pitt Grad with a Engineering Degree and the
ability to make sense out the ever changing dynamics of the NFL. Good Luck Scott.

by justanothersteve :: Wed, 08/07/2013 - 9:38am

Welcome Scott and Mike.

by JohnD (not verified) :: Wed, 08/07/2013 - 5:01pm

Scott has been doing some fantastic work. Thrilled to see him here.

by Dean :: Thu, 08/08/2013 - 2:37pm

This has the potential to be a really good hire. Welcome aboard, Scott.

On an unrelated note, I haven't seen anything new from Ben in 2 months. Is he on vacation or has he moved on to greener pastures?

by Anonymous1 (not verified) :: Fri, 08/09/2013 - 2:20pm

Too bad.

by Aaron Schatz :: Fri, 08/09/2013 - 6:17pm

Ben will be back soon! He was going to write on the HOF game only to discover the preseason isn't included in Game Rewind.

by Topher Doll (not verified) :: Fri, 08/09/2013 - 6:51pm

We love you Scott! (Imagine that in a Justin Bieber fans voice) Though I am sad you changed your twitter handle.

by Jonathan Comey (not verified) :: Mon, 08/12/2013 - 12:30am

Congratulations to Scott. I've been the site editor of both Pro Football Focus and Cold, Hard Football Facts, and I can say that he is as thorough and dedicated as anyone I've worked with.

by Jason Richards (not verified) :: Mon, 08/12/2013 - 1:45pm

Not a fan of Scott Kacsmar, his articles reek of confirmation bias and his so-called work with "comebacks" just proves they are a meaningless stat that are as arbitrary and random as things like fumble recoveries. Or are we really to believe players like Vince Young and Tim Tebow are really terrific quarterbacks with clutch genes out the wazoo?

by Anonymous1 (not verified) :: Mon, 08/12/2013 - 2:31pm

Ha! My thoughts exactly, I just didn't feel like going into detail. I'm glad you did, though.

by Bobman :: Fri, 08/16/2013 - 3:32pm

Wonderful news!