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Nate Dunlevy was born and raised in Indianapolis where he currently lives with his wife Deborah and three children. A graduate of Pike High School and Grace College and Theological Seminary, Nate has a masters degree in Intercultural Studies and spent most of the decade of the 2000s living and working in Argentina. His first book was Blue Blood: Tales of Glory of the Indianapolis Colts, and he published a novel: Invincible, Indiana (http://InvincibleIndiana.com). A member of the Pro Football Writers Association, Dunlevy won the Dick Conner Writing Award for blog writing for his work with ColtsAuthority.com in 2013. He received an honorable mention for column writing for his work at Bleacher Report that same year.

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  • Jared Johnson posted 369 days ago

    Jared  Johnson

    Hey Nate! Welcome back to B/R! Not sure how long you're staying, but I just wanted to let you know that I love your stuff, as a Colts fan. I'm a journalism student at Indiana Wesleyan University, and I did an internship at B/R this summer. I noticed that you went to school at Grace College, so we are fierce conference rivals! Anyways, just wanted to say keep up the good work and make that Mid-Central Conference connection!

  • Dylan G posted 372 days ago

    Dylan G

    Nate, are you going to be writing here again? I couldn't help but notice the profile picture change.

  • Jalen Waddle posted 542 days ago

    Jalen Waddle

    Nate!? Where are you man?

  • Mike D posted 584 days ago

    Mike D

    Hey man, I am hoping you can answer this for me. What constitutes how many and what rounds comp. picks teams get in a draft? I understand it has to do with the loss of free agency, but I know it goes deeper than that. Maybe the amount of new salary contracts or the importance of their role in the prior season?

  • Jeffery Roy posted 595 days ago

    Jeffery Roy

    Since we both have more important things to tackle, I'll end up with this.

    If YAC% is not definitive, then what does that say about YAC itself? Does it mean the yardage gained after the catch is due to the receiever's running ability, or where the QB puts the ball, or the play call by the OC?

    In other words, YAC has questionable significance. It is referred to frequently enough that it has some de facto legitimacy. I think it's cool, but am starting to wonder why.

  • Jeffery Roy posted 595 days ago

    Jeffery Roy

    You’ve been at this longer than I have, so please take any claims I make in light of my relative inexperience on these subjects.

    Without a proper context, stats just become numbers. Andre Johnson compared with Wes Welker does not carry much weight. A league-wide average of YAC% by position would allow for a calculation of an individual player’s deviation from the mean. Although, Harvin’s 80% is remarkable all on its own.

    Similarly, Arian Foster has a curious YAC% of 126 (314 rec. yards, 397 YAC per Pro Football Focus). Since YAC is measured from the point of the reception, he was clearly getting the ball behind the line of scrimmage on those ridiculous bubble screens. At least that’s how I interpret this number.

    Let’s try a different context: what does it say about a QB if the total YAC of his receivers is divided by his passing yards? Schaub is accused of not putting the ball in a position to for receivers to tack on extra yardage, yet his figure is 49.8% while Brady’s is 47.3%.

    Does this calculation favor the skill of the QB over the receiver, or is it the other way around? Or should it be shared by both participants in some weighted fashion?

    This YAC business comes off both wonky and nerdy, but I find it fascinating because it illustrates how football, a system comprising multiple interactions, can be quantified.

    Any thoughts you can contribute are always appreciated.

  • Jeffery Roy posted 596 days ago

    Jeffery Roy

    Thank you, Nate, for the attribution. I need this sort of attention to convince Wes that I can contribute more than just Texans' insights.

    If you haven't covered this advanced stat consider a new one: YAC as a percentage of total receiving yards. Everyone complains about Schaub's arm, but Montana did not have a rifle. He specialized on hitting Rice and Taylor in stride, then letting them create the big play.

    Too many of Andre's patterns were down and in, where he had to turn and face the line of scrimmage. Whether this was by design or to compensate for Schaub's deficiencies I'm not sure. His YAC% was 35, while Welker's was 50%, and Harvin's an astounding 80% in his nine games. Does this indicate some relative value as a receiver?

  • Jeffery Roy posted 596 days ago

    Jeffery Roy

    Nate, I'm flattered you took my points per attempt concept and filled in the gaps. But I'm not a reader, I'm an FC assigned to the Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/users/877526-jeffery-roy

  • Kevin Maxwell posted 641 days ago

    Kevin Maxwell

    I through arguing with you about that post. Your "Rating" are dated on this page.

  • Jalen Waddle posted 650 days ago

    Jalen Waddle

    Nate,
    Do you think once the Colts get their O-Line established that we'll get to see Luck throwing it to Fleener quite more often? They had great chemistry together and were always on the same page at Stanford. Any chance we'd get to see that recreated, perhaps on the same or an even higher level next season?

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