By: Edward Egros

NFL

Using Coaching Stats to Predict the NFL Season

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If it's done more than once in the podcasting world, you might as well call it a tradition. It's time now for our second installment of our NFL season preview and once again, we'll spend this episode focusing on what many do not discuss: the coaching and the playbook.

Kevin Braig, also known as Quant Coach, looks at coaching and play design, separates those contributions from that of the players' and determines the most efficient football teams and who is likeliest to be the most successful the rest of the way. You can follow him on Twitter
@quantcoach and check out his website: quantcoach.com.

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Character Counts

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How much does adding a player like Greg Hardy, who was punished for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, hinder his team based solely upon his past? One of the more difficult things to quantify is how much a football player's character matters for success. Not only is character defined differently by different people, anecdotal evidence does not seem to lead in any one direction.

But there may be something concrete to consider in the NFL. Alex Piquero is a professor of criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas. In his research he has discovered players with a history of violent crime go on to commit more penalties on the football field than those who haven't. Recently I sat down with Professor Piquero to elaborate.

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Cowboys/Packers Preview

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Dez Bryant did not play in the first meeting, but two weeks of practices and preparations solely for this moment, and it's almost time. The Dallas Cowboys will face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional round of the playoffs this Sunday. How much of an impact will Dez make, and how much will Green Bay hurt without Jordy Nelson?

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Cowboys/Eagles Preview

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It's the second game for the Dallas Cowboys where the playoff position is already set and there is nothing tangible to play for. While the approach for the Lions was one way, the approach in the season finale seems to be different. We'll explain if that approach is the right one for the ultimate prize: a Super Bowl championship.

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Cowboys/Buccaneers Preview

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The Cowboys suffered their first loss since the beginning of the season, with Dak Prescott playing his worst game of his career. Was the Giants game a fluke, or is it a troubling sign of things to come for the rookie quarterback? And can the Cowboys defense continue this perceived uptick?

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Cowboys/Giants Preview

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The Cowboys hope to avenge their only loss of the regular-season. What do the numbers say about their chances, and what makes Dallas so different from the team that played New York during Week 1?

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Cowboys/Vikings Preview

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The 10-1 Dallas Cowboys could clinch a playoff spot as soon as this weekend if they knock off the 6-5 Minnesota Vikings. Dallas has faced a number of highly touted defenses, but why might this one be different, and cause additional problems than the others? And why do the Cowboys do so well late in games, and why might that change in Minneapolis?

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Cowboys/Redskins Preview

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The Cowboys knocked off the Redskins in Week 2, so why is there so much concern for Dallas for the rematch on Thanksgiving Day? How has each team changed since that meeting and do the Redskins have a disadvantage when it comes to their schedule this week?

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Cowboys/Ravens Preview

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Can the Cowboys improve to 9-1 by knocking off the Baltimore Ravens at noon Sunday at AT&T Stadium, setting a franchise record for consecutive wins in one season? And why might the Ravens' biggest strength not be a strength at all? Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott offer their perspectives and we give our forecast.

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Can a Quarterback Have a Hot Hand?

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When Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo left a preseason game with a back injury, many believed it would only be a matter of time before he returned. Instead, rookie Dak Prescott has led this team to an 8-1 record, currently the best in the NFL. Now it looks like, for at least the rest of this season, the Cowboys are sticking with Prescott. One argument is he has the "hot hand".

But does the "hot hand" actually exist for an NFL quarterback? Is it a statistically significant phenomenon the Cowboys must adhere to, if they are going to compete for a Super Bowl? Alan Reifman is a professor at Texas Tech University and wrote about this phenomenon:
Hot Hand: The Statistics Behind Sports' Greatest Streaks. You can follow him on Twitter @AlanReifman.

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NFL Coaching and Analytics

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The NFL season is almost here. While much of the talk predicting who will win the Super Bowl involves the players, one expert says we should also be focused on the coaching and the playbook.

Kevin Braig, also known as Quant Coach, looks at coaching and play design, separates those contributions from that of the players' and determines the most efficient football teams and who is likeliest to be the most successful the rest of the way. You can follow him on Twitter
@quantcoach and check out his website: quantcoach.com.

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The Death of the Running Back?

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image2The NFL became the most successful North American sport because of what running backs like Eric Dickerson contributed. It's no secret today's football strays away from the running game, which gave the sport its foundation. Now, offenses resort to the pass more to the point where it seems like quarterbacks and receivers are the only two positions doing anything on the field.

This podcast includes Dickerson's thoughts on the devaluation of the running back and how the NFL is going in the wrong direction. I then break down, analytically, why passing has become a greater priority.

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