While We’re Waiting… Uniform changes, tackle stats and Meyer/Miller offense

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For those wondering why Nike didn’t go all Oregon with the uniforms yesterday- “Why weren’t there more momentous changes? A few reasons: Contrary to what many fans think, a uniform outfitter like Nike can’t just walk in and make design changes without a team’s permission. Nike is just a vendor supplying a service to a client, and in this case the client is the NFL, whose team owners are some of America’s most conservative businessmen. They’re not the sort of people who want their teams to look, for lack of a better term, wacky.

The NFL has rules that keep a team from changing its uniform design more than once every five years. So many teams that have made recent uni changes aren’t yet eligible for a redesign. A full-scale makeover, including getting all the product into the retail pipeline, takes time, and Nike’s new relationship with the NFL is still very young. So we might see more redesigns next year, or the year after. There’s one big caveat, however: No alternate jerseys were shown Tuesday. Word through the grapevine is that several of them are in the works, including one for the Redskins. No word yet on when we’ll see these (maybe at the draft?), but it might be that Nike and the NFL have decided to stick with conventional primary uniforms and push the envelope with the alternates.” [Lukas/ESPN Uni-Watch]

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Very interesting. Are D’Qwell’s tackles slightly over-rated? “If there’s one thing that irritates me more than anything, it’s people quoting tackle numbers at me as if a high tackle count automatically makes a player great. It doesn’t.

There are a number of things that need to be taken into consideration when looking at the tackle stat, and being the type of people we are at Pro Football Focus, we go through them. The outcome? Well, we’ve got a stat that does a far better job of giving you an idea of which players are the most impactful run defenders in the league. Yes, it’s our Run Stop Percentage Signature Stat, and for this piece we’re examining all linebackers (except those who play outside in a 3-4) who were in run defense for at least 200 snaps. That gives us 82 to dissect with some stats you won’t see anywhere else.” [Elsayed/Pro Football Focus] (Hat Tip- Red Right 88)

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“Much of the hype following Meyer into Columbus has surrounded his spread offense that was most dominant when he was the head coach at Florida. Many think Meyer will use Miller in a similar way to how he used former Gators quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow to run an offense that won the 2009 National Championship.

A mobile quarterback that proved to be more valuable on the run than in the pocket last season, some feel that Miller is a perfect fit to run the offense Meyer brings to the table. Miller said the offense takes a no-huddle approach and most of the plays are signaled in from the sidelines. It’s also something he said he feels at home with. “I feel pretty comfortable in the pocket and how it suits my athletic ability and to make plays,” he said. “It’s exciting, it’s explosive.” But for Miller to be a playmaker, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said it’s critical for him to be “the coach on the field that he needs to be” and learn to speak up more.” [Maks/The Lantern]

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Another look at Hollinger’s PER- “What PER means — what it’s really about, and why it really matters — is a different way of approaching basketball. All of us attempt to ameliorate the various goings-on in a basketball game into something resembling a coherent conclusion. Those inclinations, though, are fraught with their own perils, ripe for manipulation by biases, incomplete information and inconsistencies. PER — and its various cumulative stats brethren, Win Shares and Wins Produced — simply aim to solidify that decision making process. The bevy of factors, variables and coefficients in PER (and in WS and WP) might seem arbitrary, and to some extent, they are.* Focusing on those specifics, though, loses sight of the forest for the trees.” [Lynch/Hardwood Paroxysm]

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Finally, this isn’t Cleveland sports related at all, but very well written. If you have a dog, you’ll understand. Skip down to Isis. [Hall/EDSBS]

  • Max

    if you even like dogs a little it, don’t read the dog story. I’m sure that seems odd coming from a guy whose avatar is a deer on a wall, but take my word for it