Semi-retired IT professional whose earliest sports remembrance is the Dodgers skunking the hated Yankees 4-0 in the ’63 World Series. Have seen sports, in general, transition from depending on the interest of the true fan to another form of mass entertainment. After loving and leaving the Pirates, Dolphins, Rockets, and Oilers over the years, now trying find a reason to commit to the Texans.
I love Bleacher Report for giving the news hungry fan a site to get as much or as little information as they desire in an entertaining and concise format. To now be a part of this team is a thrilling opportunity to share my views with an enlightened and opinionated community.
I always enjoy articles in which I learn, so thanks for going out on that limb!
I appreciate the kind words, Jeffery. Always happy to help out any way I can!
Just wanted to say your Blueprint For A Lost Season article on the Houston Texans is a top notch read. I was complaining last year about passes going short of the first down, especially in the latter half of the season. It is much more apparent this year. Also Schaub didn't seem to have any faith in his recievers as the season wound down. I was at Reliant Stadium during the Vikings @ Texans tilt and I kid you not Posey was wide open on four pass plays with no safety over the top and Schaub threw to Andre and Owen instead. One of which Owen Daniels was in triple coverage and got creamed but still made the catch....short of the first down I might add. Anyway, keep up the good work. hope to read more from you soon.
Heh, that's alright. I enjoyed biting into it. That was pretty darn good for 4 a.m., anyway.
Again, I'm absolutely with you. I think YAC can be descriptive of how an offense works. It's interesting that Andrew Luck had an insanely low YAC rate and Robert Griffin had a high one.
I don't know if it means anything or what it means. I have seen no definitive work to tell us what value a high YAC means. My sense is that it's a function of routes and offensive role more than skill, but I don't know that.
I think you are asking all the right questions, and they are precisely the reason YAC stats aren't more popular. We just don't know what they mean.
Schaub has a better YAC % than Brady. What does that mean? Is Schaub great? Does YAC % matter? Is that a function of the offense or the receivers?
I don't think the football stat community has any idea what to do with the numbers or if they correlate to anything useful.
They are cool...but mysterious.
Here's the issue with YAC as percentage of total yards: I don't know that anyone really knows what it means. It's very difficult to divide what has to do with an unexplosive wideout and what is on the QB. I've seen studies in the path indicate it both ways. Part of the reason it's an under-talked about stat is that its meaning is too indistinct.
Awesome, Jeffrey. Tau proteins is something I haven't thought about since I did basic neuro research a few years ago, so that was certainly a blast from the past.
I'm definitely going to read that study. Thanks for sending me the link!
And I agree with you that the future of football depends on figuring this out. Look how much of a hit the credibility of the sport as a legitimate pursuit has taken in just the past few years, and that is only with us scratching the mere surface of concussions and CTE.
As more and more comes out about how much these injuries are messing with players, I really think that the NFL is in serious jeopardy in the near future unless something drastic changes.
Very cool to meet a fellow FC interested in the medical side of things. I'll definitely be in touch with you in the future.
Jeffery, thanks so much for the kind words! I enjoyed reading your insights and am excited to see what else you have for us readers. Send me a message whenever you put something in the queue with either the link or the title of your article and I'll do my best to get over to it!
Thanks for the comments on the 100 moves article. Must say I'm impressed with your wrestling knowledge. And loved the Texans article's depth, man. Looking forward to more.