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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

 

Mike Sando (ESPN) returns to the podcast to recap his list of the best and worst offseason player acquisitions. Mike and Dave discuss the challenges of building a roster through veteran acquisitions, and review Mike’s picks for 2015 NFL MVP. They look at which coaches are on the hot seat, and debate which potential coaching vacancies present the best opportunities for success. The episode ends with a deep dive into Mike’s daily work covering the NFL. He provides Dave some detailed pointers on how he watches live and televised games in order to learn the most about team personnel and individual matchups.

Direct download: 039_AFAPodcast.Mike.Sando.12.18.14.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

 

Chase Stuart (Football Perspective) returns to discuss the college football playoffs, analyze long term trends in NFL passing offense and preview week 15 matchups. Chase and Dave look at the teams with fluid QB situations going into next season and predict which teams are the best destinations for the top college QB prospects. The episode wraps up with a look at the Baltimore Ravens and this Sunday’s Dallas/Philadelphia and Houston/Indianapolis games.

Direct download: 038_AFAPodcast.Chase.Stuart.12.11.14.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

 

Kevin Quinn, Economics Professor at St. Norbert College (WI) and author of “The Business of the NFL” and “Sports and Their Fans”, is on to discuss his research on the economics of the NFL. Professor Quinn outlines his model for optimizing owner behavior and explains the value of regional monopoly power in sports. He and Dave discuss the state of NFL ownership and how the current media contract helped shape the modern NFL. They conclude with a look how different economic tools can be used to model NFL team success on the field and weigh the advantages of each.

Direct download: 037_AFAPodcast.Kevin.Quinn.11.27.14.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

Kevin Kelley, Head Coach of Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, AR), is on the show this week to discuss his unique strategic philosophy. Known as the “coach who never punts”, Coach Kelley has leveraged his offensive acumen, love of advanced stats and commitment to onside kicking to lead his team to three state championships since 2003. He and Dave break down the data underlying his strategies, dive into the details of how he executes his special teams plays and discuss the differing ways the football world has responded to his success.

Direct download: 036_AFAPodcast.Kevin.Kelley.11.27.14.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

 

Brian Burke is back on the podcast to answer reader and listener questions. Digging into the email and twitter archives, Brian and Dave dig up some of their favorite and most difficult to answer questions from the past few years. From the implications of intentional penalties to predicting kicker success, this episode covers a little bit of everything in the world of Advanced Football Analytics.

Direct download: 035_AFAPodcast.Brian.Burke.11.19.14.mp3
Category:Football -- posted at: 12:30am PDT