20 Apr 2010
This reprinted feature from ESPN The Magazine ranks the league's war rooms using a mixture of GSAA from 2000-07 and common sense.
I should point out for the record:
1) The ranking of war rooms here is highly subjective. First of all, GSAA has its flaws, and we wouldn't want to just rank teams 1-32 in that stat and declare that to be inviolate truth. Second, we can't rate the current decision-makers for each franchise based on a rating that measures picks that some of them had nothing to do with. That's why you'll find that Miami, for example, has a very low GSAA for 2000-07 but ranks fourth in our ratings. Bill Parcells had nothing to do with those picks.
2) This article was written by Doug Farrar and myself together. Bill Barnwell computed GSAA and provided his thoughts on how to rank the war rooms, and the resulting ranking represents the consensus of all three of us.
In addition, because of some of the responses we've been getting in discussion threads, we're now going to post the following disclaimer on ESPN features:
(Note: Many of our ESPN.com articles are small snapshots of statistical trends meant to stimulate discussion. They are not written as comprehensive, conclusive studies and we acknowledge that there are generally issues with sample size.)
10 comments, Last at 20 May 2010, 7:29am by Theo
With Stanford's upset over Notre Dame and Ohio State's big win over rival Michigan in The Game, the playoff field has narrowed to the existing top four plus Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford, and potentially North Carolina.