NFL – Aggressive Arians Over McCarthyism – Scott Spratt, Sports Info Solutions – Numbers Game 34

Episode 34 (January 20, 2015): The thirty-fourth episode of The Numbers Game (@NumbersGamePod), a RotoViz Radio powered podcast, with a discussion on how Bruce Arians benefits from being consistently aggressive, while Mike McCarthy doesn’t; what to make of coaches’ decisions to defer after winning the coin toss; and a discuss on the next-level NFL analytics.

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Hosts: Matthew Freedman (@MattFtheOracle) & Kevin Cole (@Cole_Kev)

Guest: Scott Spratt (@Scott_Spratt)

Scott is a researcher for Sports Info Solutions and writer for RotoGraphs. He also hosts the Off The Charts podcast with Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz. Scott joins us to talk about how data collection and sorting is just as important as analysis; gives us his take of the NFL Conference Championship games; and makes a plug for his surprise MVP candidate, Russell Wilson.

Host Discussion: Do You Have No Decency, Sir?

Kevin & Matt discuss the advantages of being aggressive in end-of-game situations; why coaches’ increasingly choosing to defer and winning the coin toss is based on a false narrative; and how the coming NFL data revolution will benefit forward-looking teams, like the Cleveland Browns.

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Show Notes

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