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Brian Burke is back for the final AFA podcast of the 2014-15 NFL season. Brian and Dave discuss the Patriots deflated ball controversy with a quick recap of high school physics before analyzing the key analytical storylines of Super Bowl XLIX.  They look at the role of analytics in the TV broadcast, break down the key matchups on both sides of the ball and finish up the show by predicting which team will be crowned the 2015 Super Bowl champion.

Direct download: 044_AFAPodcast.Brian.Burke.1.29.15.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

 

John Urschel, offensive guard for the Baltimore Ravens and published mathematician, rejoins the show to recap his rookie year in the NFL. John covers a wide variety of topics, from describing his toughest blocking assignments, to how he makes his pre-snap reads, to breaking down how he handles crowd noise. The show concludes with a recap of some of John’s off-the-field activities, including his current mathematical research and volunteer work teaching math to Baltimore high school students.

Direct download: 043_AFAPodcast.John.Urschel.1.22.15.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

 

Neil Paine (FiveThirtyEight) returns to discuss the college football and NFL conference championship games. He explains how sports betting markets evaluate the impact of replacement players and provides his thoughts on the CFB playoffs, Monday's championship game, and what future college football postseasons might look like. In the second half, Neil and Dave discuss the implications of expanding the NFL playoffs to 14 teams before previewing this weekend’s conference championship matchups.

Direct download: 042_AFAPodcast.Neil.Paine.1.15.15.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

 

Brian Burke is back to recap the 2014 regular season. Brian and Dave begin the show by discussing the significance of the non-pass interference penalty in last week’s Dallas-Detroit game. Next, Brian reviews his recent posts on the idea of analyzing individual player contributions as “compliments and substitutes”, the college football rankings process and his own NFL ranking systems on AdvancedFootballAnalytics.com. They close out the episode with a look back on the “best of” 2014, preview this weekend’s divisional round games and make a friendly wager on Saturday’s Ravens-Patriots game.

Direct download: 041_AFAPodcast.Brian.Burke.1.7.15.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

 

Jimmy “J.I.” Halsell, former Redskins salary cap analyst and director of analytics and contract advisor at Priority Sports and Entertainment, is on to discuss coaching changes and salary cap strategy. J.I. describes his work in the Redskins front office, and shares some of the data and resources teams use to make major front office decisions. He explains how during his time at Priority Sports, he used different methods to build relationships and find added leverage for his NFL clients. At the end of the show, he and Dave take a look at the newly vacated head coaching positions and brainstorm some likely (and unlikely) matches for the jobs.

Direct download: 040_AFAPodcast.JI.Halsell.1.3.15.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

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