NFL: Playing “GM” For Every NFC Team Ahead of Free Agency

After playing general manager for each AFC team earlier in the week, it is now time to do the same for the NFC. My thoughts on the offseason and free agency may differ from some, so I’ll repeat what I stated in the AFC version: “Whereas the draft is much more complex and predicated on drafting as many valuable players as you can to keep … Continue reading NFL: Playing “GM” For Every NFC Team Ahead of Free Agency

Super Bowl LV Model Projections

When the NFL season got underway on September 13th, there was a lot of skepticism that the season would play out, or that it would feel like a normal season. After all, players didn’t have normal offseason schedules, and having zero/limited fans in attendance was something we all had to get used to. Yet, we have made it! On Sunday, we will witness history on … Continue reading Super Bowl LV Model Projections

Fine-Tuning Wins Above Replacement To Better Capture an NFL Player’s $/Year Value

  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

Ranking The Top 121 Linebackers From a Mathematical Perspective

Recently, we’ve gone over who rates out as the best interior defenders and edge rushers in the NFL. Now, we’ll complete our deep dive in the front seven, this time looking at the top linebackers in the NFL. As football continues to evolve into a spread-out passing game predicated on speed, the value of the linebacker position, especially their ability to stop the run, has … Continue reading Ranking The Top 121 Linebackers From a Mathematical Perspective

Top Ten Inside Linebackers

Over the past couple days, we’ve looked at two positions to require pass-rushing and run defending abilities: edge rusher and interior defensive line. Today, let’s look at the most complex position on defense: inside linebacker. Linebackers have to excel in coverage, run defense, tackling, and on occasion, pass rush. Meanwhile, they also tend to be the leaders of the defense, and are in charge of … Continue reading Top Ten Inside Linebackers