With the 2020-2021 NFL season now over, it is officially the offseason! To be fair, there really isn’t an offseason in professional sports- activity happens year-round! As we get farther into the offseason, we will get to see how each front office goes about building their rosters. The best part about this? No two general managers are alike! Some will prioritize adding star talent through … Continue reading Stars or Depth? What Is The Best Way To Build an NFL Roster?
We’re in the midst of a historic time of football, with respects to blockbuster trades. Since the NFL was established, there have been eight trades involving two first-round picks for an established player, and four of them have come in the past two years. The latest monster transaction took place on Saturday, as the Seahawks shipped two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and safety Bradley … Continue reading Reacting to Jamal Adams Trade: What is The Value To Having One Defensive Star?
Whereas baseball is filled with advanced statistics, other sports, particularly football, have lagged behind. For analysis, the common fan too often turns to unstable, flawed statistics such as yards gained/allowed, turnovers, and touchdowns, and, as a result, NFL players tend to be more polarizing than MLB players- analysts are using different variables to compare players. Luckily for us, Pro Football Focus’ grades and new Wins Above … Continue reading Fine-Tuning Wins Above Replacement To Better Capture an NFL Player’s $/Year Value
Recently, we got a good idea of who the best front-four defenders were by ranking the top interior defensive linemen in the NFL. However, outside of Aaron Donald, most of the elite pass rushers come from the edge rush position, so this ranking the top edge rushers will give us a good idea of which teams will be the most effective at pressuring opposing quarterbacks. … Continue reading Ranking The Top 131 Edge Rushers From a Mathematical Perspective
Every offseason, the NFL draft process is a very extensive one for analysts, front offices and fans, who do as much research they can to dictate what is the right approach to take to bolster their team’s roster. However, during this time, fans get a lot their information from draft analysts, but unfortunately, they are often misinformed. Even worse, teams fall into this same trap, … Continue reading The Ten Greatest Misconceptions About The NFL Draft
In less than one week, we will have regular season football! As we approach the regular-season opener with the Packers and Bears facing off in Chicago, it’s time to finalize our team and player predictions. Today, let’s look at individual awards: Most Valuable Player (MVP), Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year, … Continue reading NFL Award Predictions
Yesterday, we looked at the top ten interior defensive linemen, which included dominant players such as Fletcher Cox and Aaron Donald. Today, let’s look at more dominant players who generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks, this time with edge rushers. To be frank, this position is stacked with talent. The list of players who didn’t make it is stronger than some position’s top ten list, which explains … Continue reading Top Ten Edge Rushers
Now that we’ve finished with the AFC, let’s start with the NFC. Here is a preview and prediction for the NFC North. First: Chicago Bears (11-5) It’s time for the Bears to be taken seriously as a contender in this stacked division. After trading for arguably the best defensive player in the league in edge rusher Khalil Mack, the Bears look like the most complete … Continue reading NFC North Preview and Prediction
Let’s wrap up the AFC division previews and predictions by looking at the AFC West. First: Los Angeles Chargers (11-5) Here come the Chargers. If Los Angeles had a capable kicker last season, they may have gotten a top two seed in the AFC. Instead, they missed the playoffs but now come into the season much hungrier. They’re still led by future Hall of Famer … Continue reading AFC West Preview and Prediction
One day after the NFL world was rocked by the massive Aaron Donald extension, the Bears made an even bigger splash by acquiring star edge rusher Khalil Mack from the Raiders. Chicago will send Oakland their 2019 and 2020 first round picks, a 2020 third rounder and a 2019 sixth rounder and will receive a 2020 second round pick and a conditional 2020 fifth round … Continue reading The Bears Are Roaring Into Contention With The Acquisition Of Khalil Mack