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Bill Barnwell Biography – Bill Barnwell Wiki
Bill Barnwell is an American sportswriter and staff writer for ESPN.com. He has written about a wide range of sports including football, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, and mixed martial arts. He started his sportswriting career while a student at Northeastern University as an intern for Football Outsiders, a football statistics and analysis website. He remained at Football Outsiders until 2011 when he was brought on to write at Grantland, a sports and pop-culture website started by Bill Simmons in affiliation with ESPN. While at Grantland, he frequently wrote columns about the National Football League, including coverage and analysis of the NFL draft, free agency, salary cap, coaching strategy, rule changes, and prop bets.
While at Grantland he also wrote about the NBA, UFC, Premier League and sabermetrics, and frequently appeared as a guest on The B.S. Report. Barnwell, along with fellow Grantland writer Robert Mays, hosted the Grantland NFL Podcast from August 2013 until October 2015, at which point ESPN announced that it was ending the publication of Grantland. Before the Grantland’s closure, the Grantland NFL Podcast missed several scheduled release dates over a period of two weeks without public explanation, leading to speculation that he and Mays may have been engaged in a dispute with interim editor Chris Connelly.
Regarding football analysis, he frequently cites a team’s DVOA. While working at Football Outisders, he developed a metric called Speed Score, which uses an individual football player’s weight and 40-yard dash time at the NFL scouting combine to predict future performance. In fourth-down situations, he has written that football teams are unlikely to be as aggressive as they should be, arguing that average win probability usually goes up when a team elects not to punt.
In 2015, he assumed full-time writing duties at ESPN.com.
Bill Barnwell Age
He was born on July 5, 1984.
Bill Barnwell Depression
He has written about his struggles with depression and body image. He lost 125 pounds in 2015. He is a fan of the New York Giants but acknowledges that he also “worships” Tom Brady.