Max Gerber from Lions Wire posted the results of his project to combine various offensive statistical measures (e.g. yards, touchdowns) into a composite unit-wide score for each team. His offensive contribution score (OCS) also makes it possible to attribute how much of the overall unit’s score was contributed by each skill position player.
I’ve been combing over stats from the 2019 season to determine which team had the best trio of wide receivers, when I came to a realization that “best” has so many meanings in the NFL.— Max Gerber (@maxgerbs) June 26, 2020
Is it yardage? Touchdowns? Receptions?
Well, I found a solution.
Given his fan loyalties, it is natural that the first set of scores presented in that Twitter thread for 2019 data by Gerber are the NFC North division teams. “The Lions had the second-best WR trio with the most evenly distributed stats, and their RB group was the second-worst.” That’s right, the second-highest scoring wide receiver group in the entire league (Tampa Bay’s receivers are pretty good) by Gerber’s OCS measure.
Using #OCS, we can better see how teams utilize certain offensive positions and rank players by their importance to the team’s offense.— Max Gerber (@maxgerbs) June 26, 2020
It also helps highlight the accomplishments of players whose teams performed poorly throughout the season.
It’s early in the life cycle of OCS, but it is always good to see this type of creative statistical work going on in Lions Twitter. Looking forward to seeing where this work leads in terms of future refinements and applications. And with that, let us now proceed to the rest of today’s Notes:
- The Athletic’s Chris Burke wrote about how Lions head coach Matt Patricia and defensive coordinator Cory Undlin learned a lot about football by charting plays from film by hand under Bill Belichick (subscription normally required, but there is a 30 day trial available).
As first-year coaches with the Patriots, Matt Patricia and Cory Undlin were responsible for padding opponents -- charting games in intricate detail.— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) June 24, 2020
At the end of the week, they'd hand in their work ... and wait for feedback.https://t.co/nC6XscC8jo pic.twitter.com/y9iGEMQa9B
- Trey Flowers’ charitable foundation continues doing good work:
If your in Huntsville Tomorrow Pull Up and get a meal pic.twitter.com/pwT7rlrO4B— Trey Flowers (@III_Flowers) June 25, 2020
- The Lions still have a lot of cap space:
In the 6.22 MAQB, we mentioned Philly's cap space. Here are teams w/the most, as of this AM.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 24, 2020
1) Browns $37.34M
2) Redskins $36.54M
3) Lions $29.31M
4) Eagles $24.62M
5) Bengals $24.24M
6) Jets $24.17M
7) Colts $22.17M
8) Texans $20.66M
9) Chargers $20.38M
10) Dolphins $20.37M
- According to Ben Fischer at Street and Smith’s Sports Business Daily, the policy approved by owners on Thursday to allow seats to be covered by tarps will only be for the 2020 season at the moment. Closing the rows nearest to the field is designed to both provide safe spacing for players, coaches, and other workers from the fans as well as open a supplemental revenue stream for owners (who may sell advertising space on the tarps).
- Mark Schofield at USA Today’s Touchdown Wire has been writing a series of articles explaining one important aspect or metric for each NFL team. On Thursday, he posted his article for the Detroit Lions, which focuses on Matthew Stafford’s performance while under pressure.