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2016 Slot vs. Wide: Defense

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:25:33 -0400

Our final part in looking at slot vs. wide targets focuses entirely on defenses. Which first-round rookie corners had tough times in 2016? Who was the weak link in Denver's No-Fly Zone? Also: the Falcons have a secondary to watch out for in 2017.

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2016 Slot vs. Wide: RBs and TEs

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:16:40 -0400

Part II of our look at slot vs. wide targets focuses on running backs and tight ends. Was Le'Veon Bell used more diversely than David Johnson? Also: is there actually a stat where Rob Gronkowski ranked last among his peers?

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SITE NEWS: FOA/KUBIAK Discussion Boards

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:14:49 -0400

Apologies: Readers have been unable to post to our discussion forums for 2017 KUBIAK projections and Football Outsiders Almanac 2017. We've fixed the issues and you should now be able to post to discuss with other readers or ask questions.

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2016 Slot vs. Wide: WRs and QBs

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:38:11 -0400

We have new data showing where receivers line up at the snap, and how quarterbacks do throwing wide or to the slot. You might be surprised to see where Matt Ryan is best, and where Alex Smith struggled the most in Kansas City.

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Panthers Fire GM Dave Gettleman

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:55:28 -0400

The Carolina Panthers today announced general manager Dave Gettleman had been relieved of his duties. Owner Jerry Richardson statement, courtesy of the team, offered no real explanation for the move, but did not the timing was not ideal. Like Kansas City last month, Carolina also lost their most obvious internal GM candidate to another team earlier this offseason, as Brandon Beane is now in Buffalo.

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ESPN: Sneaky Strengths for Every Team

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:56:34 -0400

Here's a look at some of the interesting splits and tendencies from all our 2016 NFL stats, with one under-the-radar strength for each NFL offense and defense. Consider it a bit of a preview of the Strategic Tendencies comments in the upcoming Football Outsiders Almanac 2017.




2016 Play-Action Defense

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:25:51 -0400

Can your defense sniff out a play-action fake? If you live in Texas, you're in luck! If you're in a Great Lakes state, on the other hand...

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SITE NEWS: 2017 KUBIAK Projections Now Available!

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:35:18 -0400

News on the 2017 KUBIAK fantasy football projections and other 2017 FO products! (Click to read more.)

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The Month In Quotes: June 2017

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:53:46 -0400

Better late than never, we've got thoughts on the Jets cutting vets, Derek Carr getting paid, Adrian Peterson wanting to play forever, and one hell of an Uber trip. Plus: the Patriots celebrate their Super Bowl win and eat pizza.

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2016 Play-Action Offense

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:01:08 -0400

We take a look at play-action passing from 2016, as numbers return to a state of normalcy after the great Zone-Read Revolution.

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Colin Kaepernick: Into the Black

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:14:13 -0400

With training camp approaching, Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent. We look at how more than just football reasons are driving this, and how Kaepernick would be an extreme rarity in NFL history if his age-30 season never actually happens.

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GM Genius: Teaching Critical Thinking with Fantasy Football

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:24:36 -0400

PSA: The How I Decide Foundation, an educational nonprofit focused on youth decision-making, is launching GM Genius, a national college scholarship competition and learning platform based on fantasy football for the 2017 NFL season. Leveraging the tremendous popularity of fantasy football among teens, the competition includes animated videos that teach key decision-making and critical thinking concepts. Students ages 13 to 19 can compete to win $25,000 in college scholarships, weekly prizes, and matching grants for their schools. To learn more or to sign up, go to www.gmgenius.com.

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Ranking the NFL's Best Schemes

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:38:38 -0400

Our old pal Doug Farrar has a pair of pieces up at Bleacher Report looking at some of the best schemes in the NFL.

Starting on offense, Farrar looks at what teams like Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Dallas do so effectively on the ground, as well as the passing attacks of New England and Washington. He also praises what Kyle Shanahan's teams do before the snap, and how Seattle can be dangerous even when everything goes wrong.

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Football's Silent Killer

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:22:57 -0400

FO alumnus Mike Tanier, now with Bleacher Report, has taken a hard look at the sickle cell trait that can make football so very dangerous, what teams are doing to manage it, and why players at the lowest levels of football are at more risk.

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Run Defense By Number of Backs, 2016

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:48:24 -0400

Our look at defensive success against multiple-back formations has us scratching our heads about Miami. Are the Dolphins linebackers better than their reputation?

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SITE NEWS: Important Message About FO Premium Subscriptions for 2017

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 23:25:39 -0400

An important message about the status of the various FO Premium products in 2017. (Click to read more.)

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Run Offense By Number of Backs, 2016

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:05:57 -0400

Are fullbacks disappearing from the NFL? Yes they are -- but in cities like Green Bay, they are not dead yet.

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2016 Offensive Personnel Analysis

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:08:06 -0400

In which we ask the question: if you're not using 11 personnel, are you really playing modern football?

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Oral History of NFL Europe

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:36:18 -0400

You may miss this on the ESPN website, but here's a really fun oral history of NFL Europe, ten years after it played it's last game. Some discussion of just how weird it was trying to put on American football games overseas, how excited the fans got, and what it did for young players looking to get game reps.




ESPN: Best QB, RB, WR, TE Seasons of Last 30 Years

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:50:55 -0400

The final part of this week's big 30-year DVOA retrospective is a look at the best individual seasons using DVOA (for quarterbacks) and DYAR (for running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends).