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David Romer, professor of economics at UC Berkeley, is on the podcast this week to discuss why coaches should be more aggressive on fourth down. David is the author of "Do Firms Maximize? Evidence From Professional Football". In this interview, he explains his novel approach to analyzing fourth down decision-making. He outlines reasons why coaches are incentivized to make sub-optimal choices and how they can improve their team’s chances of winning by following his advice.

Direct download: 010_AdvNFLStats.DavidRomer.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

Brian Burke is back to discuss momentum, clock management and topics from his weekly roundups. In his recent post on momentum, Brian used three different methods to investigate whether momentum is a measurable phenomenon in NFL games. Dave and Brian discuss why momentum is such a popular concept and hypothesize why coaches and analysts seem to rely so heavily on the idea. They also discuss Brian’s article on clock management, and why it’s unlikely that truly non-zero sum scenarios exist in a football game. They finish up the show with a "rapid fire roundup" of some interesting articles and analysis from around the web.

Direct download: 009_AdvNFLStats.BrianBurke.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

Dave talks with Jeff Sagarin and Wayne Winston about their four decades of work in the field of sports statistics. Wayne and Jeff met while studying at MIT and have been friends ever since. In the early 80's, they had their first collaboration on a football play-calling project for Indiana University's head football coach, Sam Wyche. Since then, Jeff has been publishing his team ratings in USA Today while Wayne published his book, "Mathletics", and currently teaches at Indiana's Kelly School of Business.

Direct download: 008_AdvNFLStats.SagarinWinston.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

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