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19 Jul 2013
Smart Football looks at fairly simple ways to have the box score contain much more information than it does now.
Posted by: Rivers McCown on 19 Jul 2013
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04 Sep 2013, 12:34am by
Will chekc this out this evening. Always thought voxscors could be better
There's not a lot of analysis here, but the ideas are such common sense that I don't think much analysis is needed. Most of this stuff is being tracked anyway, and with print media essentially obsolete, it's not as if there's a finite number of column inches to go around anymore.
Only about 5 items there. Most would be helpful. Not so sure about completions behind the line as that says more about the team's offensive style than anything else. A successful screen will have good YAC which is also mentioned, and that's far more useful of a stat.
Are targets common enough in box scores these days that they didn't need to be included in this list? I see them some bit not all of the time. To the extent they are not in a standard box score, they would be at the top of my list of additions.
This brings up an excellent point. This article skips over what probably should have been Step 1, defining what a "traditional" box score is.
I just clicked over to Yahoo Sports (which I would consider to be a mainstream site, not one obsessed with advanced stats) to confirm what I already knew -- Yahoo's box scores already list "yards lost to sacks" for both college and pro. Yahoo's box scores also include a drive chart which lists the starting field position of each drive, which is actually more information that the average starting position the author is requesting.
In other words, 2 of the 5 things being requested are already readily available from at least one "standard" sports site.
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