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09 Apr 2013

2013 SSAC Football Analytics Panel Video

If you're interested, the video from this year's football analytics panel at the MIT Sloan conference is finally online. Andrea Kremer moderated; panelists were Rams COO Kevin Demoff, 49ers COO Paraag Marathe, former Patriots and Chiefs executive Scott Pioli, and -- drum roll, please -- Football Outsiders progenitor Aaron Schatz.

I was there, and I'm not saying this because he pays my bills, but Aaron was the star of the discussion. To be fair, though, he was basically the only one at liberty to offer blunt opinions. (I'd say full-throated, but he had lost his voice the day before.)

In any event, click for "Armanti Edwards, c'mon!" Stay for the DeAngelo Hall takedown.

UPDATE: Since posting Aaron's panel, I came across a couple of other videos worth our readers attention that strangely have fear and loathing of Tyler Thigpen as a common thread. (Watch them, and you'll know what I mean by that.)

First, there's Evolution of the Draft: Lessons from Fantasy. The panel is moderated by Kevin Negandhi of ESPN, and includes Jaguars VP of Techonlogy and Analytics Tony Khan, ESPN fantasy guru Matthew Berry, and Rotoworld's Evan Silva. I'm linking to it because Football Outsiders got mentioned throughout, especially by Tony Khan, and especially regarding the Lewin Career Forecast. Ironically, Aaron, Rivers, and I were not in attendance.

There's also the other featured football panel of the conference, Monday Morning Quarterback: Coaching and In-Game Decisions. It was essentially an hour of "IBM Presents You Make the Call" in the context of fourth downs, two-point conversions, etc. ESPN's Tony Reali presents video of an actual game situation. Two coaches (Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and former Chiefs and Jets head coach Herm Edwards) and one stats-savvy executive (Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff) then say what their decision would have been in the situation. Finally, Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats reveals what the "correct" decision was per the numbers, and a sometimes-hilarious debate ensues.

Posted by: Danny Tuccitto on 09 Apr 2013

5 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2013, 11:26pm by Insancipitory


by Malene, copenhagen (not verified) :: Tue, 04/09/2013 - 6:26pm

Good job by Aaron.

Andrea Kremer seemed insufferably dumb and annoying, and pretty much constantly took the discussion to a less interesting place than where it was going before every one of her questions.

"So you have your EYES. And your GUT. Where do STATS fit into this?"

Just so much stupid going on.

by Insancipitory :: Tue, 04/09/2013 - 7:03pm

I gotta know, Pioli seemed a little bit put off with the Jason David thing. It was hard to tell because the camera was tight on him when he started talking about the importance of a diplomatic presentation but was he looking right at Aaron?

But that was fascinating.

by Kaelik (not verified) :: Thu, 04/11/2013 - 6:02pm

I'm getting nothing but "This video is not currently available" from most of the videos on that channel. Anyone know why that is.

by Danny Tuccitto :: Thu, 04/11/2013 - 7:28pm

I just checked the links to all 3 videos at 7:28 pm EDT, and they're working fine.

by Insancipitory :: Thu, 04/11/2013 - 11:26pm

Herm Edwards true calling is a football themed late night talkshow.

I think the sample size thing will eventually addressed by machine vision, with software watching the ebb and flow of advantage and disadvantage as it turns at every position through out a play. Seemed like Khan was alluding that the Jaguars are already trying to do early stuff in that arena.