Impact Tackles & the need for more Comprehensive Stats in the NFL

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By Matt Hamilton There are perhaps no two bigger pet peeves for evaluators who watch countless hours of film than players who receive too much credit from the fans and mainstream media, and players who receive too little. The problem is that often times the differences in players are just too difficult to quantify. Even certain positions that lead … [Read more...]

Predicting the 2014 College Football Season (Statistically)

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by W. Casan Scott - Baylor University The 2014 college football season is nearly upon us, and thus time for the myriad of preseason predictions and projections to come out. Building on a previous paper I wrote about the debate between college recruiting and coaching, I made 2014 predictions for the top 120 teams in the FBS. My primary objective … [Read more...]

Will The “New” 4-2-5 Defense Bring Ground And Pound Back?

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Ron Pickett sees football from the coaching perspective; its strategies, tactics, and effective use of personnel in attacking and combating various schemes.  He's written numerous articles across the internet and I've asked him to contribute to The Football Educator as well.  Here's a breakdown of the 4-2-5 defense that has become quite the staple … [Read more...]

The APTUS Test and its growing effect on NFL Draft evaluations

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The rigors of building a success NFL career put strain not only on the physical capacities of a young athlete, but also on his ability to handle the mental stress of keeping up in the hyper-competitive world of a professional football.  NFL scouts are fully aware of the importance of bringing back to club decision makers an accurate projection of a … [Read more...]

NFL Correlated Data to Produce Winning Results (Part 2)

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NFL Scouting Data Collection is Not READY, SET, GO By Steven Burkett - Eye-Scout.com Last week I discussed the need for NFL teams to start taking a correlated look at their scouting data from all sources. While this is in fact the best approach to take when evaluating large amounts of data you still can’t just sit down an analyst and say “I want … [Read more...]

Measuring up – Has Mike Shanahan done enough for HOF consideration?

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Mike Shanahan comes back to Denver for the first time as an opponent since September 24, 1989 when the then Los Angeles Raiders fell to the Broncos 31-21 at the original MILE HIGH Stadium.  We all know the storied return to Dove Valley after helping lead San Francisco to a Super Bowl Championship.  Shanahan took over for Wade Phillips, implemented … [Read more...]

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you gotta admire the Patriots’ resiliency

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Bill Belichick has put together some outstanding squads over the years.  Dominant teams that could beat an opponent in any manner.  Talented teams that could beat an opponent with any one on one match up.  Opportunistic teams that could beat an opponent through their own mistakes.  Confident teams that could beat an opponent merely by believing … [Read more...]

Mike Smith bets the house and leaves the Atlanta Falcons empty

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The state of Georgia has grappled with the idea of allowing in high-stakes casinos for the past few years now, but has averted the reward for the fear of the risk.  The nearest gambling houses are a three to four hour drive into Biloxi, Mississippi or by jumping on a Casino Cruise in Brunswick, Georgia.  The state’s lottery corporation has overseen … [Read more...]

“Perception is reality” unless you took a closer look at the Patriots

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"Perception is reality" when walking away from Week 2 of the 2013 NFL regular season.  Fans pick up the morning papers and read what the media twists and spins in their direction.  "Here, this is what I think so therefore you should too."   The New York Giants are 0-2 and have no shot at the playoffs.   Seattle spanked San Francisco and … [Read more...]

Chasing Demons – Johnny Manziel vs Nick Saban, A&M vs Alabama

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Rare in a college football season does a game of this magnitude come so early in the schedule.  Much has been written and said about this match up for months.  The title suggests Johnny Manziel vs Alabama's Defense, the reality is Johnny Manziel vs Nick Saban (and his ego).  Make no mistake, this game goes way beyond last year's Aggie win over the … [Read more...]