15 Dec 2010
Sad news to report. Bud Goode, the godfather of NFL statistical analysis, passed away last month. Goode started analyzing sports statistics back in 1959. He was a consultant to Dick Vermeil with the Eagles, then again with the Rams team that won the Super Bowl. Goode was the man who realized that net yards per pass was the best (conventional) stat to use to measure teams and quarterbacks.
It took me a month to find out this news because, to be frank, not many people read Goode's site at this point. His work has been passed by what we're doing, what Brian Burke is doing, and what Roland Beech was doing before he started doing the NBA. But he is the godfather. I wouldn't be doing this without Hidden Game of Football, and I don't know if anybody would have thought to write a Hidden Game book about football without Bud Goode doing his thing first.
4 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2011, 9:26pm by Gary Kilbride
Thanks a lot, Dak Prescott. Now more people will think the fourth round is still a gold mine for quarterbacks, but the data says otherwise. The update to our quarterback draft study for 1994-2016 shows little has changed: finding a good QB is really hard.