Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

19 Jul 2013

FOA Complaints

As I don't know the difference between a complaint and a typo, it suddenly came to me that another thread to list some FOA complaints (personally I prefer, opportunities for improvement, but whatever) with the hopes of improving the usefulness of FOA in the future.
1. summary tables for all NFL teams, win probabilities, DVOA forecasts etc so I don't have to flip between 32 teams to figure out who the wildcards will be.
2. It seems to me like more of the team reports have been retrospective rather than prospective in nature. By-in-large, I can recall what happened last year and it is not relevant unless it impacts the upcoming year, so please keep the reminiscing to a minimum. i.e. The tables of formation analysis, individual performance etc aren't really all that useful without the narrative on why the results were what they were and how it is expected to impact the future.
3. THere was a marked lack in 'research' papers this year. I miss those greatly.

thanks for humoring me.

Posted by: krugerindustrialsmoothing on 19 Jul 2013

2 replies , Last at 12 Oct 2013, 7:52pm by srasmus4

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Re: FOA Complaints
by E :: Mon, 09/23/2013 - 5:44pm

The lack of "additional research" is really disappointing guys. (You even changed the name from "Further research" to "further data".) One of the primary reasons I purchase FOA every year is for these articles. Speed score, playmaker score, SackSEER ... those are just a few that jump to mind as pieces that set FOA apart.

Just to be clear - I'm a huge fan of the site and the book. Just want to see a return of the innovative thought that made it great.

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Re: FOA Complaints
by srasmus4 :: Sat, 10/12/2013 - 7:52pm

I really dislike that 4-2-5 and 2-4-5 were combined to be simply "Nickel Even". I understand that there is very little difference in terms of the actual formation but it does give useful information about what players are getting the pass rushing snaps. Ultimately I'd prefer having more information, even if it is redundant for some purposes, than having less information.