Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

08 Aug 2012

Introducing the FEI Profile

I'm happy to announce the debut of a new feature on my BCF Toys site, the FEI Profile, a comprehensive visual summary of team possession efficiency data. The goal of this project has been to develop a way to introduce the fundamental building blocks of the FEI ratings in a way that may be easier to digest (especially for new readers) than a set of tables. Elements of the charts and graphics have been a part of FEI columns here at Football Outsiders, but I haven't had an opportunity until now to pull together this kind of complete summary for a given team.

Alabama gets the first treatment in this feature, but I will be posting FEI Profiles for many more teams over the next few weeks as we gear up for the start of the season.

The set of charts below is Alabama's defensive summary. The national championship defense from last year was remarkably efficient as traditional and advanced stats have demonstrated, but several elements of the chart were still eye-opening for me. In addition to this set of graphics, the complete profile includes offense, special teams, five-year trends, and program rating charts.

Feel free to let me know what you think of the charts and if you have any suggestions or comments as this project continues to evolve.

Posted by: Brian Fremeau on 08 Aug 2012

2 comments, Last at 09 Aug 2012, 1:28pm by JP_Wright


by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Thu, 08/09/2012 - 9:55am

What I take from that is that LSU went from playing like Penn State in the first game to playing like Kent State in the second.

by JP_Wright :: Thu, 08/09/2012 - 1:28pm

Wow. This is excellent. Can't imagine the amount of work to make this for each team is appealing, but it really hammers home the point. Give great representation to just how good/bad a team performed. Alabama's defense was pretty outstanding, and though I can get that gist from looking at a spreadsheet, seeing these graphs *really* makes their excellent performance salient. Too bad I don't root for them!