Introducing the Intangibles App

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Introducing the Intangibles App

We’ve all had that moment, watching a game, when – performance be damned – we just can’t help but admire a player’s Intangible qualities. Those qualities might be just the thing to someday make them a dominant player, even if they’ve so far showed no signs of becoming one. But how to spot those Intangibles without painstakingly analyzing every player’s off field behavior, baseball hat selection, and character?

Today we’re proud to add a new tool that helps identify a player’s Intangibles. Most of the filter options on this App are self-explanatory, but it might help to clarify a few of them:

  • Quicker than Fast – Speed is overrated, especially at the skill positions. Being “quick” however, is great.
  • Max. Talent – Does the player “maximize their talent”? It’s okay if a player doesn’t have much talent, as long as they put a high percentage of that talent to work.
  • Locker Leader – Is the player a leader in the locker room? Mentor the young guys? Lead rousing pre-game cheers? That’s what we’re looking for here.
  • Gruden Endorsement – This filter applies the much heralded Jon Gruden system of analysis to each player. Basically, everybody gets a score of 100 on all measures.
  • White – Show us a broadcast team that doesn’t use “Intangibles” as a code word for whether a player is white and we’ll show you a broadcast team that probably also doesn’t ever drive drunk. The Intangibles App just makes whiteness more… well, tangible.
  • Tim Tebow Penalty – Adjusting the Tebow penalty will cause the App to place more emphasis on finding players that are similar to Tim Tebow. If you’re interested in looking at a player that might not be as amazing, then the setting should be closer to zero.
  • Telegenic Charm – How well does the player present on TV? Are they well-spoken, witty, and engaging?

Without further ado, here’s the App, followed by some player examples.

intangible

NAME HRT MTR FB IQ GYM_ RAT JUST_ WINS SAVVY SCPY QKR_ FST MAX_ TLT LKR_ LDR
Tim Tebow

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

Wes Welker

99

97

97

99

95

95

96

98

99

90

Peyton Manning

72

78

83

87

50

77

64

44

59

68

Tom Brady

37

84

81

77

85

87

79

51

96

92

Brett Favre

88

94

95

90

99

91

97

97

97

99

Tony Romo

71

61

64

84

13

50

91

70

50

50

John Stockton

97

98

89

100

100

96

98

87

100

100

Andrew Luck

99

99

99

99

99

99

99

99

99

99

Terrell Owens

3

23

17

77

7

14

83

4

9

1

Jay Cutler

7

22

40

3

22

4

5

6

15

15

 

A few quick takeaways:

  • Tim Tebow is the top-performing intangible player, as you’d expect. Astonishing that he hasn’t won a Super Bowl or MVP award yet. Probably this year, after beating out Brady in training camp.
  • The App also loves Andrew Luck, who despite underperforming two other rookie QBs, posts 99s across the board.
  • Wes Welker is the highest rated non QB. Hard not to tear up when talking about the most inspirational Intangible receiver of all time.
  • Although they score well, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady don’t rise to Tebow or Welker’s level. I mean, Brady barely has a heart and Peyton scores low on the Just Winning and Quickness measures.
  • Brett Favre – The gunslinger rates very well, good ol’ boy that he is.
  • Despite his impressive statistics and some good scores in the Gym Rat and Scrappy categories, the App is NOT a fan of Tony Romo.
  • Two of the lowest rated players are Terrell Owens and Jay Cutler. Heartless, low-Football IQ players, with no Savvy or Scrappiness? No thanks!

Here’s a link to all our Intangible related articles:

Play around with the App and let us know what you find. What players surprised you, either positively or negatively, with their Intangibles? Since the App itself is Intangible, the results are whatever you want. Enjoy!

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