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Throwing Metrics Around: Comparing Quarterback Value Statistics

Everybody loves talking about quarterbacks. They play the most important and visible position in American professional sports, after all. As a result, there have been a lot of different metrics created to evaluate them. We started with Wins and have come all the way to metrics using tracking data (e.g. Next Gen Stats’ Completion Percentage […]

What Factors Are Responsible For Deep Passing Success?

A lot has been made lately of the usage and success of deep passes in the NFL. Much to the delight of fans, offenses have steadily become more aggressive and more efficient passing the ball. Watching talented quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson break the pocket and launch a pass deep down the […]

Is Kyle Schwarber staying or going? 3 questions about the Cubs left fielder heading into 2020.

Schwarber finished as the team leader in home runs this season, raised his batting average, lowered his strikeout rate and raised his contact rate for the second consecutive season. All of that bodes well for his growth at age 26. But there’s plenty of room for further development, and Cubs President Theo Epstein repeatedly stressed […]

The Air Raid Has Already Made It To The NFL, And It’s Working

NFL minds have long been resistant to the idea of Air Raid quarterbacks in the NFL. Some were concerned the reads they made in college were too simple and they wouldn’t be able to adjust to the complexities of an NFL offense. Or they never had to throw into tight windows in college, and would […]

Twelve players to watch on defense in the Division Series

By Mark Simon, Sports Info Solutions October is the time when defensive excellence produces plays that are long remembered. Whether it be Willie Mays going way back in center field, Brooks Robinson and Graig Nettles making incredible plays at the hot corner, or more recently, Andrew Benintendi making a game-ending catch, the baseball heroics don’t […]

Inside the numbers: How concerning are Alabama’s problems on defense?

In this week’s Suttles Thoughts, I attempted to answer the question on everyone’s mind: What’s wrong with the Alabama defense? Actually, I attempted to provide possible reasons why this year’s defense is struggling, at least according to Nick Saban’s exacting standards. I offered up the fact the offense has morphed into one of the most […]

How the Nationals match up with the top-seeded, very scary Dodgers

In winning 106 games this season, the most by a National League team this century, the Los Angeles Dodgers finished 13 games ahead of the Washington Nationals in the league standings, edged the Nationals in the head-to-head season series and outperformed them in just about every aspect of the game and across every segment of […]

The Vikings are asking Kirk Cousins to be something he’s not: A QB worth $84 million

After firing previous offensive coordinator John DeFilippo during the 2018 season for not running the ball enough, Zimmer picked long-time Vikings assistant Kevin Stefanski as his interim play-caller and ordered him to run the ball more. Stefanski obliged and ended up getting the job full-time in the offseason. But Stefanski would not be running this […]

Cody Bellinger’s MVP credentials include superior defense at three positions

Cody Bellinger’s 2019 regular season concluded in the second inning Sunday with a walk. The Dodgers decided it wasn’t worth risking injury on the regular season’s final day with nothing on the line. Matt Beaty replaced him as a pinch-runner. Hugs from coaches and teammates awaited Bellinger in the dugout. There’s a good chance it […]

Back to the Drawing Board: How Effective Are RB & QB Draws?

By Mark Simon, Sports Info SolutionsArticle co-authored by Nate Weller Early in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s loss to the Rams, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens called a draw play for Nick Chubb on 4th-and-9 from the Rams 40. Not surprisingly, it didn’t work. The play gained only two yards and was widely ridiculed […]

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