29 Aug 2005
No, really? Golly, John, if only one of those "sabermetric converts of baseball" could figure out a method of rating NFL team efficiency that really did judge teams by more than just total yardage. Maybe somebody could measure teams by yards per play, just like you suggest, and give more weight to third downs and red zone performance, and maybe adjust based on game situation and even opponent strength, so that they ended up with a statistic that did a better job of predicting future performance than wins or points or total yards. Wow, man, that would be awesome! If only somebody could come up with something like that. Maybe they would stick it somewhere on ESPN, like Page 2 or something.
Seriously, I know some people out there accuse me of being a self-promoting media whore, but apparently the problem is that I'm not enough of a self-promoting media whore. I'm gonna have to set aside some extra time each day for shameless media whoring.
44 comments, Last at 01 Sep 2005, 5:53pm by Pat
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?