Straight from “vixticator” himself, with the following message: “Still a work in progress. Want to publish where i am now. Not necessarily a top 200 as much as how I rank whoever is on the board. Final ranking created by where it looked intuitively correct to place players, based on the information I have now. […]
Why is Mike Lombardi trotting out tired stereotypes as analysis?
Mike Lombardi posted a column recently on The Ringer about his seven quarterback insights. I won’t get too much into it here, but suffice to say that it was based in a ridiculous amount of intangibles and hindsight, and biased to the point of being racist. Deadspin covered it well: Donovan McNabb played 13 […]
A Super Bowl preview
If you’re looking for more reading material on before today’s game, I’ve written up a short Super Bowl preview for Houstonia magazine. It’s not as in-depth as some of the analysis we’ve done here (or as other outlets have done in preparation for the game), but it’ll give you a little something more to think […]
Wide Receiver Prospects, Part 3: Using Hard Data
(See part one and part two.) Upon reviewing all the data across the major conferences, I decided the only way I could trust my evaluations of success or failure was to set an objective standard. Like I mentioned last time, I’m using PFR’s “Approximate Value” stat to compare– comparing the expected AV of a draft […]
Wide Receiver Prospects, Part 2: What About the Other Conferences?
In Part 1 of this study, I looked at Pac-12 receivers drafted in the first three rounds since 2000 and concluded their hit rate was astonishingly low. However, such a conclusion must be verified, and so I decided to compare the Pac-12’s hit rate with that of the other conferences.
Coaching Hot Seats
Is it too early in the season to talk about firing coaches? Well, it’s already on my mind, and there are some coaches who clearly are already feeling the heat, so let’s jump right in.
Wide Receiver Prospects, Part 1: Is there a “USC Curse”?
I’ve heard a lot of chatter about the “USC receiver curse” in recent years. how highly-regarded receivers from the school have struggled at the NFL level. With Nelson Agholor being talked about as though he was struggling to adapt, and JuJu Smith-Schuster potentially a high draft selection next year, I decided to do a little research […]
Hastily Assembled 2016 NFL Predictions
First, some good news: We should returning to zonereads.com shortly; I’ve been a little delayed by this whole “attempting to make a living” thing, but I should be importing the site back over soon. I’m also planning to get back to more regular content; it’s certainly not like I lack for thoughts about the NFL, but I […]
Draft Thoughts Part 4 of 4: Winning Is Not The Incentive
[ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 ] At the end of part 3, I said I’d attempt to address why teams don’t examine their processes more closely, why they don’t try to refine or improve them. I think the answer comes down to how decisions are made in the NFL. I […]
Draft Thoughts Part 3 of 4: These Are Not The Traits You’re Looking For
[ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 ] I’ve made notes throughout the first few parts of this mega-post regarding players who fell in the draft despite their obvious talent, notes that said I would address in part 3. Well, I apologize. Part 3 ran over 4500 words, so I broke it into two parts […]