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Football Outsiders Almanac 2014: The Essential Guide to the 2014 NFL and College Football Seasons Paperback – July 23, 2014
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About the Author
Lead editor Aaron Schatz is the creator of FootballOutsiders.com and the proprietary NFL statistics within Football Outsiders Almanac, including DVOA, DYAR, Adjusted Line Yards, and the KUBIAK fantasy football projections. He writes regularly for ESPN Insider and ESPN the Magazine, and has done custom research for a number of NFL teams. The New York Times Magazine has referred to him as “the Bill James of football.” Bill Connelly (writer, NCAA statistics) writes for Football Outsiders and covers college football for SB Nation at FootballStudyHall.com. Brian Fremeau (writer, NCAA statistics) writes for Football Outsiders and ESPN Insider. Vince Verhei (writer, design, and layout) covers the NFL for Football Outsiders and ESPN Insider. Rivers McCown (writer, editor on player comments) is assistant editor for Football Outsiders. Doug Farrar has covers the NFL for Sports Illustrated. Nathan Forster is the creator of the Football Outsiders SackSEER and Playmaker Score systems. Tom Gower writes regularly for Football Outsiders. Matt Hinton covers college football for Football Outsiders and the SB Nation blog "Sunday Morning Quarterback." Scott Kacsmar is Assistant Editor for Football Outsiders. Jason Lisk writes for TheBigLead.com. Christopher Price covers the NFL for Boston radio station WEEI as well as WEEI.com. Chase Stuart runs the blog FootballPerspective.com and writes for FootballGuys.com. Mike Tanier covers the NFL for SportsonEarth.com and is the author of "The Philly Fan's Code." Robert Weintraub writes regularly for SportsonEarth.com and The Guardian, and is the author of "The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age" and "The House That Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923."
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One quickly learns to view the game in a more objective light. For instance, a team runs when it wins not wins when it runs. The NFL has through most of its history been a passing league, excepting the late sixties and seventies, where teams run once the lead has been established. A balanced offense leaning to the air attack is the standard approach. So the "establishing a good running game" mantra is truly a myth. The running era of the seventies was an aberration.
There are numerous precepts which are explained quite well which provide an enlightened clarity to viewing the game.
Team essays and projections are very informative. They provide players and developments to look for in the upcoming season based upon past performance, statistical trends, and scouting. The unique and detailed situational dependent stats are plentiful and intriguing.
There are interesting Sections devoted to each of the "skill positions": quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.
This book is the "Baseball Prospectus" for NFL and college football fans. Plenty of factual information dissected beautifully with a touch of humor to boot.
Truly a must read for any fan. Learn quite a bit. Disagree at times. The process moves forward another year as we view the game with a broader and more analytical perspective. It's not dull Statistics 101. It's football becoming more alive with a wealth of information to make viewing more enjoyable.
Beyond the mass multitude of stats (an inexhaustible wealth of tables and factoids), there's so much great writing and sharp analysis here.
I tend to read the essays for all 32 teams, then sift through the player comments (all the skill players---QB, RB, WR, TE receive individual commentary) to read about all the more interesting players.