I am currently trying to survive Friday at work and am looking for ideas for future diaries. If I can produce enough quality ideas, I am going to try and get a diary a week throughout the offseason. I have one queued up for next week on how likely a second consecutive big jump in our offensive production will be next year. If anyone has any ideas or requests I am very open to putting my database to use.
I've always wanted to figure out how important special teams really are by putting together a metric that is basically a +/- PPG based on
1) starting field position after kickoffs for and against
2) average efficacy of punts (taking into account that a punt from the opposition 34 *coughLLOYDcough* isn't going to go as far as one from your 20)
3) average efficacy of field goals, again taking distance into account.
The end result would just be a number that's points gained or lost per game normalized so that you have a hypothetically average number of punts, KOs, and FG attempts.
agree, special teams could use some mathlete attention
A special teams primer is now in the works. I am thinking of going into further depth in terms of how to truly account for special teams, both in the decision making (punting from the opp34) and the evaluation (punters shouldn't be penalized for punting from the opp34). Post will probably be a hybrid of how to appropriately evaluate and what those evaluations look like.
That's a good idea on the special teams. I'm sure we will find Virginia Tech at the top of that metric.
did you know that Frank Beamer himself coaches the special teams there?!
Mathlete, I am sure whatever the ideas you end up having will end up as good material.
I'm trying to write a diary a week, since its been ages since I wrote one, during the off season. Was going to start this "routine" after the spring game. Hasnt worked out as well as I want. But, I'd like to conrtibute more to the site than what I've done recently.
I think we've really evolved the diary section into something of legit substance since Brian debuted the new feature. Hopefully we can keep it up as we've had some interesting user content for a while now
i set the over/under on jamiemac diaries between now and UConn at 5.5.
This came to me while watching the draft last night, and reading the article someone posted about the busts Millen picked.
I was wondering if there was any correlation between Rivals/Scouts star value, school attended, coaching staff, offense, and bust rate.
I know there have been a million diaries about star ranking and draft status/all-American status ... so that might be a start.
Basically, my thought was, if there a better likelihood a lower rated player makes it in the NFL given a particular coach/system/school...? Conversely, are there coaches who show a consistent pattern of ineffectively nurturing high-level talent, or coaches who's high performers in the NCAA tend to bust more frequently in the NFL.
Granted, there are a ton of variables, but I would LOVE to sit and read something like that if I were bored at work/school.
on potential finances that the swing-and-miss early enrollees have potentially missed out on in the NFL draft?
Where would Shazor project as a safety if he were to play another solid year of Big Ten football, and what same position players and/or draft rounds would they be comparable to. Finally, what salary would they receive according to draft rank and inflated/deflated monetary value by year?
If put together well, with favorable results, this post could literally became part of a star player's argument to go one way or the other.
And yes, Donovan... this is all your fault.
but I'm curious as to the optimal use of scholarships by postition. NCCA '10 got me thinking about this. Every year I would recruit so many players and many would get cut or never see the field as a result of the depth in front of them.
For example I would imagine you would ideally take a QB every year, so at worst you would be starting a junior. Obviously, the game has less opportunity for flameouts and the development is fairly linear. In real life, its nice to make room for the freshman 5* that comes in and can hold the spot for 3 or 4 years.
Mostly this is just spitballing and I'm sure you or some other intelligent mgouser can articulate it better than me. Good luck.