Brian Burke

Brian Burke is a former Navy fighter pilot and founder of Advanced NFL Stats. He regularly contributes to the New York TimesFifth Down and the Washington Post's Insider.

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Jan. 8 2014 4:33 PMA College Football Thought ExperimentWould the Auburn Tigers have won the national title if they had tried not to score at the end of the game?
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Oct. 29 2013 1:00 PMDumb and Dumber, NFL EditionWhen pondering end-of-game strategy, coaches should remember that their opponents are totally irrational.
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Jan. 13 2013 10:21 PMFox Gets ConservativeDid the Denver coach’s risk-averse approach cost the Broncos a playoff victory?
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Oct. 2 2012 3:35 PMNFL 2012The two common fallacies that explain why NFL coaches punt on fourth down.
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Feb. 7 2012 2:21 PMNFL 2011Math says if Wes Welker catches that ball, the Patriots win.
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Jan. 9 2012 1:45 PMNFL 2011Are NFL coaches getting smarter about fourth-down strategy?
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Oct. 12 2011 2:29 PMNFL 2011

The real reason for the NFL’s passing explosion.

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Jan. 7 2011 11:10 AMSo Crazy, It Just Might WorkA pro football conundrum: Does it make sense to start overtime with a surprise onside kick?
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Nov. 25 2013 10:32 AMThe NFL’s New Overtime Is a Complicated MessHere’s how to fix it.
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Feb. 4 2013 4:15 PMDon't Waste Your TimeoutThe small decisions that cost the 49ers the Super Bowl.
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Dec. 7 2012 4:05 PMMore Scoring! More Fumbles!What would happen if the NFL eliminated kickoffs?
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Sept. 12 2012 4:15 PMNFL 2012NFL teams can't stop scoring. When will they stop running and punting?
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Feb. 6 2012 8:30 AMNFL 2011The ballsiest call in Super Bowl history.
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Nov. 21 2011 2:54 PMNFL 2011Running for three yards is like going backwards.
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Oct. 11 2011 11:30 AMNFL 2011

Dear NFL coaches: If you're on the 37-yard line, go for it.



Slate Plus Early Read: The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

Mitt Romney May Be Weighing a 2016 Run. That Would Be a Big Mistake.

Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Transparent Is the Fall’s Only Great New Show

The XX Factor

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada

Now, journalists can't even say her name.


Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

  News & Politics
Sept. 29 2014 11:45 PM The Self-Made Man The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
Dear Prudence
Sept. 29 2014 3:10 PM The Lonely Teetotaler Prudie counsels a letter writer who doesn’t drink alcohol—and is constantly harassed by others for it.
  Double X
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal, but … What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
Future Tense
Sept. 29 2014 11:56 PM Innovation Starvation, the Next Generation Humankind has lots of great ideas for the future. We need people to carry them out.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 29 2014 11:32 PM The Daydream Disorder Is sluggish cognitive tempo a disease or disease mongering?
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.