The Deep Pass: The Best Play in Football?

The NFL analytics community has known for a while that deep passing is more efficient than…

“Less Than Zero”: Bill Belichick, Ernie Adams, and Analytics

When asked how much analytics informs the New England Patriots‘ decision-making in key situations, Bill Belichick…

Ball Velocity Is Bunk

Since 2008, former NFL scout Dan Shonka of ourlads.com has been capturing “ball velocity” of quarterbacks…

Talk of Trade: Business was Boomin’ but is a Decline Loomin’?

[dt_divider style=”thick” /]In case you took a vow to avoid all media as your New Years…

Marcus Mariota and Misleading Metrics

In the aftermath of Monday night’s contest between the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans, several people…

Is Team Turnover in the Playoffs Predictable?

[dt_divider style=”thick” /]With the new season upon us, what better time than now to talk about…

Evolution Breeds Opportunity for Tight Ends in the Red Zone

[dt_divider style=”thick” /]”Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science – in all of…

Does a High Salary Veteran QB Hurt Your Super Bowl Chances?

[dt_divider style=”thick” /]Everything closes fast in the NFL. Pockets collapse, running lanes shrink and the window…

Where is the NFL’s Version of Moneyball?

[dt_divider style=”thick” /]In 1999, Paul DePodesta was hired by the Oakland Athletics as an assistant to…

Time of Possession: A Battle Worth Winning?

[dt_divider style=”thick” /]Time. We’d all like more of it. I often find myself thinking ‘there aren’t…

Where Do Fumbles Come From?

“Daddy, where do fumbles come from?” Startled, I nearly spit out my coffee. “Well … when…

The New England Patriots Bend but Don’t Break Defense: Myth or Reality?

[dt_divider style=”thick” /]This millennium, the New England Patriots’ defense has consistently ranked better by points allowed…

Football Folklore: Conference Championships Since 2002

[dt_divider style=”thick” /] Past performance does not guarantee future results. It’s also extremely tough to compare…

Football Folklore: 2017 Championship Quarterbacks

[dt_divider style=”thick” /]Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matt Ryan are one of the best…

Lamar Jackson: The Most Outstanding and Most Valuable Player

[dt_divider style=”thick” /] On Saturday night in New York City, Baker Mayfield, DeShaun Watson, Jabrill Peppers,…

Pythagorean Win Percentage in College Football

[dt_divider style=”thick” /] If you’ve listened to the Pylon U podcast this season, you’ve probably heard…