10 Statistics That Would Make The NFL Better

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Published: March 18, 2009


... a kid.


I spent much of my childhood poring over numbers in my Total Baseball Encyclopedia, memorizing Hank Aaron's year by year home run totals or the top-10 all-time single-season stolen base leaders. I am a huge fan of baseball statistician Bill James, who has completely revolutionized the game of baseball.


While casual baseball fans know a player based on his batting average, homeruns, and runs batted in, I found myself more interested in the ratios and percentages.


James and the guys for Baseball Prospectus have invented a countless number of useful statistics, such as offensive winning percentage, batting average on balls in play, and power speed number. Those little-known stats are the ones that fascinate and intrigue me more than any others.


And I wish the NFL had statistics like these.


I know football isn't as much of a numbers game as baseball is. Stats don't a...

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