Hi, I'm Stephanie Stradley, writer at Ultimate Texans part of Chron.com, appreciator of smart statistics, and (distressed) Texans fan.
Today's roundtable on the impact of advanced stats in the NFL includes Cardinals RT Eric Winston, Pro Football Focus writer Sam Monson and Derek Sarley from Iggles Blog & Philly.com.
I'm going to ask a number of questions to moderate this discussion but please, if you are reading this, log in, and feel free to chime in.
First question is more of a living history one. At what point did you become more aware that more detailed statistics other than the traditional ones were becoming more commonly used to evaluate NFL games?
For me, it was around 2006 when I first started writing about the Texans. Back then, the Texans were coming off of a 2-14 season, and most traditional writing about the team was more inclined to be punchline in nature. I started seeking out sites like Football Outsiders that talked about all the teams, and not just the TV popular ones, and gave me additional information that I didn't already know.
I find it interesting that thousands of people can see the same game, but see different things in it. A specific statistic, for me, can start as sort of an objective, neutral starting point for further discussion--whether it confirms what you think, or challenges your thinking.
Over the last couple of years, I've noticed that general public use of statistics is becoming more common in all sports.