Monday, November 17, 2008

More football

Posted by Danny Tarlow
Here's an example of a data-driven approach to decision-making in football strategy. http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2006/1101-football_frenzy_picking_the_perfect_play.htm This is from 2006. I wonder why we haven't heard more about it. The article gives an attempt at an explanation:
The NFL hasn't embraced the technology just yet. The league is known for its conservative decisions and its trust in the highly paid coaches -- and not necessarily computers. Zeus's makers say the program could also be tailored to college football.
I don't completely buy it. If it works well and can help a coach, there should be enough incentive to win games to break the inertia. Somehow this product isn't quite the right way to do it. Or maybe the developers need to talk to the Florida coach from my other football statistics post. More at NY Times: http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/coaching-flaw-the-computer-sees-it/

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