Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders posts some of FO’s stats for cornerbacks on this Fox blog post. Note who’s #1 in Stop Rate and #8 in Yards Per Pass. As the primary Tennessee game charter (which means I’ve charted 18 of the 28 halves the Titans have played this year for the FO Game Charting Project), I really hope these numbers are good. Pacman’s shown the sort of quality play you expect in the second year from a CB drafted #6 overall. But I’ve thought he’s been inconsistent and I didn’t think he was that good. I suspect part of the good stats may come from the Titans’ Cover-2, where the safeties cover deep and the CBs have more short responsibility. I hope I haven’t been too kind to #32.
I’ve only posted NFL content here so far, but those of you who’ve noticed the sidebar have seen the names of some college football blogs. One of them, Sunday Morning Quarterback, has put up a couple posts entitled “Stat Relevance Watch,” looking at what statistics for college teams correlate with wins. Here are links to the introductory Part One; Part Two, which looks at what the best teams do best; and Part Three, which begins the detailed conference breakdowns with a look at the ACC (preview: not a good year for pass offense in the ACC, not that that’s a big surprise).
Iconic college football blog Every Day Should Be Saturday (EDSBS, for short), had a long interview with famed author Michael Lewis, whose latest book, The Blind Side, looks at the increased importance of the Left Tackle. Transcript available online, part one and part two, or download the MP3s and listen instead.