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19 Jul 2013

A Better Box Score

Smart Football looks at fairly simple ways to have the box score contain much more information than it does now.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 19 Jul 2013

6 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2013, 12:34am by andyyu


by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 12:59pm

Will chekc this out this evening. Always thought voxscors could be better

by Dean :: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 2:54pm

There's not a lot of analysis here, but the ideas are such common sense that I don't think much analysis is needed. Most of this stuff is being tracked anyway, and with print media essentially obsolete, it's not as if there's a finite number of column inches to go around anymore.

by Kyle D. (not verified) :: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 4:42pm

Only about 5 items there. Most would be helpful. Not so sure about completions behind the line as that says more about the team's offensive style than anything else. A successful screen will have good YAC which is also mentioned, and that's far more useful of a stat.

by Led :: Sun, 07/21/2013 - 7:21pm

Are targets common enough in box scores these days that they didn't need to be included in this list? I see them some bit not all of the time. To the extent they are not in a standard box score, they would be at the top of my list of additions.

by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Mon, 07/22/2013 - 8:28am

This brings up an excellent point. This article skips over what probably should have been Step 1, defining what a "traditional" box score is.

I just clicked over to Yahoo Sports (which I would consider to be a mainstream site, not one obsessed with advanced stats) to confirm what I already knew -- Yahoo's box scores already list "yards lost to sacks" for both college and pro. Yahoo's box scores also include a drive chart which lists the starting field position of each drive, which is actually more information that the average starting position the author is requesting.

In other words, 2 of the 5 things being requested are already readily available from at least one "standard" sports site.

by andyyu :: Wed, 09/04/2013 - 12:34am

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