The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Isaac Chew, Advanced Stats, and Running Back Rotation

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1) In Moneyball, the favorite stat was OBP and OPS(+). Do you have any favorite FB stats to look at that we may overlook? Any stats that past Hokie FB teams have been great at? – KO_Hokie

Chris Coleman: My personal favorite football advanced stat is available yards. It’s part of the FEI efficiency ratings. Here’s the description on FootballOutsiders.com.

“Available Yards Percentage, the total number of yards earned on offensive drives as a percentage of the total number of yards available based on starting field position.”

An offense that took over on the 50 yard line and went 50 yards for a touchdown might not have as many total yards as an offense that took over on their own 35, drove 60 yards, and then kicked a short field goal. However, the first offense gained 100% of the yards that it possibly could have gained during that possession, which makes it a more efficient offense.

If the defense forces turnovers and gives the offense short fields, or a short field is gained because of being good in the kicking game, the offense isn’t

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