June 2012

Trivia of the Day – Saturday, June 30th

June 30, 2012 Trivia

There are 31 stadiums that NFL franchises call home. MetLife Stadium is shared by New York’s Jets and Giants, and the two teams opened the stadium together in a pre-season, Monday night game in 2010. But did you know that one NFL team still plays its home games in a stadium that another NFL team […]

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Largest increase in pass completions

June 29, 2012 Coaches

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Splits Happen

June 28, 2012 Fantasy

[Five years ago, my friend and Pro-Football-Reference.com founder Doug Drinen wrote the predecessor to todaay's article, but refused to go with this title. The principles remain fundamental to advanced analysis of any sport, so today I'll be revisiting them with current examples.] Our brains are really good at making connections and finding patterns. In The […]

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Gene Stallings, Alabama Football, and passing/rushing efficiency

June 27, 2012 Coaches

Gene Stallings coached in the NFL in the late ’80s, in between the Jim Hanifan and Joe Bugel eras of Cardinals football. He was the man who led the team as the franchise relocated from St. Louis to Phoenix. He coached under Tom Landry for over a decade in Dallas. But Gene Stallings will always […]

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Coaching records in close games

June 26, 2012 Coaches

Which coaches have the best records in close games? That’s a complicated question that either means everything or nothing, depending on whom you ask. But putting aside what it means, what are the actual results? I defined a close game as one where a team was trailing or leading by three points entering the 4th […]

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Examining passing distribution in the NFL since 1970

June 25, 2012 History

Last year, Jimmy Graham broke Kellen Winslow’s record for receiving yards in a single season by a tight end. Winslow gained 1,290 yards as a second-year player in 1980 for the San Diego Chargers. Last year, Graham finished with 1,310 receiving yards in his second season, while also catching 99 passes and scoring 11 touchdowns. […]

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Trivia of the Day – Sunday, June 24th

June 24, 2012 Trivia

Hines Ward and Derrick Mason had been the wide receivers with the most receiving yards in the league among active players. Both topped the 12,000 yard mark, and both subsequently retired this off-season. Who is the current active leader in receiving yards at the wide receiver position (Tony Gonzalez is the current leader among all […]

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Trivia of the Day – Saturday, June 23rd

June 23, 2012 Trivia

On the eve of LaDainian Tomlinson’s retirement announcement, SI’s Peter King named his top-five most versatile runners of the last 30 years. Declaring Walter Payton just outside the time period, King selected Marshall Faulk, Tomlinson, Thurman Thomas, Darren Sproles, and Marcus Allen as his most versatile running backs since 1982. There are many ways to […]

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The best and worst wide receiver records

June 22, 2012 Receiving

On Tuesday, I looked at running back records and argued that Steven Jackson had taken the mantle from Ollie Matson as the most prominent elite running back to have toiled for losing teams for the majority of his career. It’s easy to feel bad for a player like Jackson, relegated to consistent attack as the […]

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Cleveland Browns: Through 13 seasons, where do they rank among expansion teams? (Part II)

June 21, 2012 History

Yesterday, I began looking at how the 12 expansion teams of the modern era fared during their first 13 years of existence. Today, the bottom half of the list: #6 Cincinnati Bengals (1968-1980) Art Modell purchased the Browns in 1961; Modell and Paul Brown, the only coach the franchise had ever known, clashed almost immediately. […]

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Cleveland Browns: Through 13 seasons, where do they rank among expansion teams?

June 20, 2012 History

Thirteen years ago, the Cleveland Browns were preparing for their return to the NFL. The Browns were the dominant team of the ’50s and were a consistent playoff contender for much of the ’60s and ’80s. In 1996, Art Modell took the Browns to Baltimore and renamed them the Ravens. Three years later, the NFL […]

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Steven Jackson: the Ollie Matson of the 21st century

June 19, 2012 Rushing

Steven Jackson is the Ollie Matson of the 21st century. What does that mean? Before we answer that, take a look at Steven Jackson’s impressive career: Rushing Receiving Year Age Tm Att Yds TD Y/A Rec Yds Y/R TD YScm RRTD 2004 21 STL 134 673 4 5.0 19 189 9.9 0 862 4 2005 […]

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Correlating passing stats with wins

June 18, 2012 Passing

Which stats should be used to analyze quarterback play? That question has mystified the NFL for at least the last 80 years. In the 1930s, the NFL first used total yards gained and later completion percentage to determine the league’s top passer. Various systems emerged over the next three decades, but none of them were […]

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Trivia of the Day – Sunday, June 17

June 17, 2012 Trivia

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Check back tomorrow for a post on quarterbacks, but first, here are a couple of trivia questions you can use at your barbeque, centering around the most famous father in the NFL. As you may know, Archie Manning has the lowest winning percentage of any quarterback […]

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Trivia of the Day – Saturday, June 16

June 16, 2012 Trivia

Every once in awhile, I’ll post some random trivia. I’ll include three hints, each making the answer progressively easier to guess. See how early you can guess the answer, and post your results in the comments. As always, the honor system will be strictly enforced. Can you name the only team to never have a […]

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How have previous Justin Blackmons fared?

June 15, 2012 Receiving

Justin Blackmon was the first receiver selected in April’s draft. What are the odds that the former Oklahoma State Cowboy will be the best rookie receiver in 2012? And how likely is it that Blackmon will ultimately be the best receiver out of his class? In some ways, it’s an unfair question. There were 33 […]

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Welcome to FootballPerspective.com

June 15, 2012 Uncategorized

Welcome to footballperspective.com. Football Perspective is a blog about football history, football stats, and football stats and history. I’ve written about fantasy football for the past decade over at Footballguys.com, the leading fantasy football content site in the industry. I also worked for a number of years at pro-football-reference.com, and you can find all of […]

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