Today Bruce Feldman (probably the best college football columnist/analyst out there) wrote about Manny Diaz, the Texas Longhorns’ defensive coordinator’s approach to the game. Diaz tries to use a “Moneyball-type” analysis, using statistics to get an edge.
Football doesn’t lend itself to statistical analysis as easily as baseball does. College football has a seemingly endless number of teams, each with large rosters. Throw in the higher injury rates, the shorter seasons with fewer games, and the physical changes that take place in young players, and it’s a real challenge. Coaches are always looking for an edge, and these “outside-the-norm stats” give coaches another perspective on the game.
Today’s entry is definitely worth a read. (ESPN Insider sub required)