08 Apr 2010
This week's ESPN Insider feature takes a look at four big-name defenders who switched teams this offseason, using the new defensive similarity scores: Antonio Cromartie, Karlos Dansby, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Julius Peppers. (We did Peppers on the site a month ago, but that was before we had worked out position-specific coefficients, so this list will be slightly different.) Cromartie may have the most interesting list, which includes the player he's replacing, Lito Sheppard, and the failed 20th overall pick from 1998, Terry Fair.
By the way, the headline and subhead on this piece are a little, shall we say, boastful about the value of the defensive similarity scores. I don't write those and I know that some of the ESPN headlines have seemed a bit overzealous lately about the power of our stats, attributing massive importance to stuff we merely feel is somewhat interesting. I'm going to talk to ESPN about this, but I don't want anyone to think that FO is suddenly too big for its britches.
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