Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

15 Apr 2009

ESPN INSIDER: Five Schedule Myths

Just in time for the release of the new NFL schedule, here's a look at five common misconceptions about bye weeks, travel, and other schedule issues. We've written about the first four in the past; the new finding here is that there's no correlation between injuries and when a team has its bye week.

I know it seems like everything we've been writing lately has been for ESPN Insider, and I'm sorry if people who don't subscribe to Insider are frustrated. This is generally material they requested that we wouldn't have written otherwise, and a couple of things tied to ESPN Magazine pieces that all happened to hit the Web at the same time. And yes, I understand the irony of Football Outsiders on Insider.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 15 Apr 2009

13 comments, Last at 19 Apr 2009, 11:50pm by the silent speaker


by KyleW :: Wed, 04/15/2009 - 11:18am

Cool at least you have not forgotten about us.

That said outside of the RB usage column things have been a bit quiet round here.

Also if ESPN are requesting some of these things does that mean we can expect less inane chatter from the MNF booth?

by DFJinPgh (not verified) :: Wed, 04/15/2009 - 11:57am

Also if ESPN are requesting some of these things does that mean we can expect less inane chatter from the MNF booth?

Heheh. Hee hee. Ha. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!

by Still Alive (not verified) :: Wed, 04/15/2009 - 4:44pm

Indeed not, the MNF booth is not the way it is on accident. It is designed for the marginal of viewers, to suck them in. Core NFL fans opinions matter not at all as they will watch anyway.

by I am excellent at making love (not verified) :: Fri, 04/17/2009 - 12:29am

As long as we get, like, 18 minutes of Jordin Sparks talking about her latest album Remember, I'm Not the One Chris Brown Went Off On and her upcoming appearance on Well Now--Lookie Who's Dancing Over Here Right Now while no mention is made of Larry Fitzgerald setting a single-game receiving yardage record right under the noses of the announcing team, then I'm perfectly fine with a little Entertainment to go with my Sports Programming Network.

by Bill Barnwell :: Wed, 04/15/2009 - 4:59pm

We're working more on back-end stuff and planning out projects at the moment, guys; we should have a brand new, long-requested feature on the site very soon that should make everyone happy.

by I am excellent at making love (not verified) :: Fri, 04/17/2009 - 12:31am

You're adding porn?

by panthersnbraves :: Sun, 04/19/2009 - 9:02am

For the win!

by the silent speaker (not verified) :: Sun, 04/19/2009 - 11:50pm

Meh, porn has a much lower DVOA than its reputation would have you believe.

(CAPTCHA, ironically enough, apparently disagrees with me: "bespeak 69".)

by Truman (not verified) :: Thu, 04/16/2009 - 2:38am

I just found this site and honestly, I haven't been terribly impressed. Seems like more of a rumor mill than stat driven insights. I'll keep checking but I'd love to see some good content.

by Theo :: Thu, 04/16/2009 - 5:20am


by Kibbles :: Thu, 04/16/2009 - 9:47pm

Check out during the season, you'll find more stats than you can shake a stick at. The offseason tends to get a little dead around here- probably has a lot to do with the Outsiders being busy putting out the next issue of Pro Football Prospectus (another good resource to check out if you're looking for a bunch of heavy stats-based analysis).

If you want a taste of what this site's all about when football's in full swing, check out the archives of Cover-3, Audibles at the Line, and the weekly DVOA update and analysis column. Best football analysis on the net.

by MainlyRaven (not verified) :: Thu, 04/16/2009 - 8:58am

The Outsiders are now Insiders and are big timing us. We see how you roll!

by Chris (not verified) :: Fri, 04/17/2009 - 10:52am

Yeah but in season we get a lot of the basic recaps:

The Colts beat the saints:
Outsider: Jason David got burned like the hole in the zone that he is.
Outsider 2: The Saints really overpaid him.
Outsider 3: Joesph Addai was catching those screens really well.
Outsider 4: The loss of Jeff Saturday has really hurt Indianapolis, the depth blah blah blah.

Looking at alternative stats like DVOA is fine to stay open minded, but the analysis can be unimpressive and nothing different than you'd find on other corners of the internet. Some of the main posters have great insights to their teams though; Rich Connelly to the Patriots, MJK to the Vikings, Pat the Eagles etc.

The articles here aren't as blatantly wrong as they usually are, saying Joey Porter was a raiders free agent, or calling offensive guards nose tackles, but they can be good too.

Sometimes I dog the outsiders when they get a little cocky, but overall they are pretty good. The thing that I like the most about them is their independence of thought. They aren't affraid to go against the grain (right or wrong). The last thing I want to do is read season preview that picks the exact same teams finishing in first/last place as everybody else.