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The NFL’s analytics movement has finally reached the sport’s mainstream

Joe Banner wasn’t expecting the phone call, but it didn’t surprise him. The former NFL executive sensed the current NFL head coach on the other end of the line, an old-school guy, needed a confidant outside his organization. The coach had spent his life around the game, knew it as well as anyone, but now […]

Why The Red Zone Matchups Could Decide The AFC Championship Game

Listen to any football coach talk about which aspects of the game matter most and they’ll undoubtedly bring up performance on third downs and in the red zone. Statistically speaking, those parts of the game are the most susceptible to noise. If projecting performance over a full season, performance on first and second down will […]

There’s no such thing as too much information for the analytically minded coaches on David Ross’ Cubs staff

Cubs President Theo Epstein has lived up to his declaration at his 2019 end-of-the-season news conference when he said, “You’re likely to see change.” But for fans eager to see roster upgrades less than a month before the first spring workout for pitchers and catchers, that change primarily consists of four coaching newcomers tasked with […]

The Top Rookies In The Conference Championship Games

The 2019 season has seen some impressive performances from rookies on both sides of the ball, and the races will be tight for both Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year. While the players discussed below will be in consideration for individual awards, they have their sights set on the ultimate prize. This weekend they […]

Titans’ Ryan Tannehill reaches another level in dream season

Ryan Tannehill, who had 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions during the regular season, played well enough this season to convince the Titans to either sign him to a long-term contract or franchise-tag him for the 2020 season. All he did was save the Titans’ season after Marcus Mariota started 2-4. Tannehill, who threw just […]

Why Florida’s defensive backfield has a potentially high ceiling in 2020

How much better, if at all, can Florida’s secondary really be in 2020? It’s a question worth exploring after defensive backs Marco Wilson and Shawn Davis recently stated that they will return in 2020 and cornerback Kaiir Elam figuratively announced his arrival in the Orange Bowl. There’s much more to the answer than just weighing […]

Could The New XFL Rules Fix The NFL’s Perceived Overtime Problem?

Last year’s AFC Championship between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots was one of the best playoff games in recent memory. After a back and forth game, the Patriots managed to take the lead with just 39 seconds left, only for Patrick Mahomes to lead the Chiefs on a four-play, 31-second drive to […]

Inside the advanced metric that loves Aaron Rodgers this season

Stats are like podcasts: their numbers are seemingly endless, and it’s hard to know which one to listen to at a given time. That’s why when Sports Info Solutions came out with its Total Points stat, which had Aaron Rodgers as having created the most points in the NFL this season, eye brows raised. Who […]

Strategy guides for every 2020 NFL playoff team

It’s been a long NFL season, but the postseason is finally here. Now, you probably didn’t get to study the entire playoff field in-depth during the regular season. No worries. We’ve put together guides that will help you become an instant expert on all 12 teams making up the field. These guides will tell you […]

Ryan Tannehill leads the list of the top 10 most effective play-action passers

As data and analytics continue to help us evolve our thinking and deepen our understanding about football, one of the continued revelations is that play-action passing is a golden ticket to unlocking an efficient offense. Continued research by Steven Ruiz shows us that not only is play-action extremely effective, but it’s also likely underutilized by NFL coaches. […]

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