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Eagles' Secret Weapon? An Analytics-Fueled Attack

There's a lot of talk about the Cleveland Browns and analytics, but as we keep saying around here, plenty of other NFL teams have been using analytics over the last few years. This Tim McManus article discusses the way the Eagles use analytics: Doug Pederson goes for it more often on fourth down, while Jim Schwartz quizzes his defensive players on the percentages so they're ready for any situation. Fun fact: the head of the Philadelphia analytics department was an FO intern for a few months, once upon a time.

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6 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2018, 8:38am

1 Re: Eagles' Secret Weapon? An Analytics-Fueled Attack

by Richie // Jan 18, 2018 - 3:07pm

FWIW, the Browns (61%) and Eagles (51%) were the 2 teams that went for it on 4th and short (0-3 yards) most often.

The Vikings (5%) went for it the least often.

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2 Re: Eagles' Secret Weapon? An Analytics-Fueled Attack

by herewegobrowniesherewego // Jan 19, 2018 - 1:23am

4th down attempts can't just be compared on raw %, though.

The Browns were down late in games so often that 4th down attempts were practically a necessity, while I'd venture that the reverse is true for the Vikes.

Of course, with MIN it does have to do with Shurmur being a conservative playcaller. I remember him calling punts on 4th-and-short, inside or close to the opponents' 40, many times with the Browns.

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3 Re: Eagles' Secret Weapon? An Analytics-Fueled Attack

by Pat // Jan 19, 2018 - 1:17pm

"The Browns were down late in games so often that 4th down attempts were practically a necessity, while I'd venture that the reverse is true for the Vikes."

Well, yeah, but the reverse would be true for the Eagles, too. I mean, even more so for the Eagles. They went for it on 4th down basically whenever. I mean, 4th and 1 in the first quarter of a scoreless game, basically at midfield. Or 4th and 8 just past midfield, only up 7. That one was stupid, and were it not followed by a stupid 4th down decision by the Giants, might have been disastrous - 4th and goal near the goal line right before the half, kick the damn field goal. Part of the reason why you go for it normally is it puts your opponents in terrible position - the end-of-half gets rid of that benefit.

So at least in comparison with the Eagles, it's fair: Philly's *way* more aggressive than the Vikings.

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4 Re: Eagles' Secret Weapon? An Analytics-Fueled Attack

by andrew // Jan 19, 2018 - 1:47pm

I assume it's Alec Halaby?

A quick search found one post by him:

by Alec Halaby (not verified) :: Wed, 04/19/2006 - 3:30pm

As a Niners fan, I'm a bit weary of giving up a draft choices to move up to the late first round. Let us not forget that the 43rd pick is the most valuable in the draft; 37th isn't far off. Nolan has explained the trade as

I'm assuming the Eagles know they got a Niners fan?

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5 Re: Eagles' Secret Weapon? An Analytics-Fueled Attack

by andrew // Jan 19, 2018 - 4:10pm

Is their a rundown of various FO alumni and where they work now? Was wondering how many work inside the league now...

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6 Re: Eagles' Secret Weapon? An Analytics-Fueled Attack

by PatsFan // Jan 26, 2018 - 8:38am

+1

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