04 Feb 2005
Carl Bialik of the Wall Street Journal discusses the statistical revolution in the NFL and makes clear what I've been saying for two years now. Football stats are the opposite of baseball stats -- the teams are far, far ahead of the journalists and fans when it comes to intricate analysis. After reading some of the numbers Carl quotes about missed tackles and "poor-throw percentages," I went outside and smashed up my car with a baseball bat to try to work out my frustration. FO could be so much better if we had access to information like this. Alas, our goal has never been to know more than the teams know, just to do better analysis than the other NFL journalists. If we knew everything the teams knew, we would have called the site "Football Insiders." (Yes, this article is free despite being at WSJ.)
1 comment, Last at 23 Sep 2006, 7:43pm by Darth Goofy
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?