NFL Statistics That Don't Exist Yet, but Should

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NFL Statistics That Don't Exist Yet, but Should
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In many respects, we're living in the golden age of analytics. As far as the NFL is concerned, however, we're not done yet.

Just think about it. Politics aside, the biggest star of the last election cycle was the New York Times' Nate Silver, who predicted both the electoral and the popular vote with stunning accuracy—even while being derided by pundits from every side.

In baseball, Mike Trout didn't win the MVP award, but the sabermetrics crowd struck a number of large blows at the Luddites and exposed many of the voters as backward-thinkers. Miguel Cabrera would have been largely unquestioned as the MVP had he won the Triple Crown a decade ago.

In football, we have the Football Outsiders and Pro Football Focus. Both have worked with ESPN in recent years, and PFF was used by the New York Giants during last year's Super Bowl run. Not only do both sites use stats to tell the story of what happens on the field, but they go so far as to assist (accurately) with fantasy football and sports betting.

Other great sites that are spearheading the statistical charge: Pro Football Reference, Advanced NFL Stats, Cold Hard Football Facts and (of course) Bleacher Report, as we continue hiring great writers and focusing on better ways to break down the game.

NFC North Lead Writer Andrew Garda even sat at a round table earlier this year with some of the great statistical minds in media. They discussed where stats are going in sports and the "best practices" for using stats to tell the stories that haven't been properly told.

Tony Khan, son of Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, lists himself as the "senior vice president of football technology and analytics." It will be incredibly interesting if the "Moneyball" approach will help the Jaguars work their way out of the doldrums of the AFC.

Honestly, the worst part of writing this article was trying to figure out ideas those above hadn't already come up with. Any overlap on my part is completely unintentional.

So, out of deference to those experts and the many others who do such fine work, here are some stats that don't exist quite yet, but should.

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