NFL writer on how analytics has grown in the sport of football

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Reed Blankenship #32 of the Philadelphia Eagles tackles Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Matthew Coller, host of the Purple Insider Minnesota Vikings podcast, joined Sactown Sports Monday to discuss his book, “Football Is a Numbers Game: Pro Football Focus and How a Data-Driven Approach Shook Up the Sport.”

The book details the beginning of Pro Football Focus and how data is now an integral part of professional football.

Topics discussed include:

  • His decision to write the book and what he took away from his research.
  • How analytics have changed the game of football in recent years.
  • What surprised him the most during his research of the book
  • Has the way running back are used changed in the past forty years or have analytics shown that running backs are replaceable?
  • If Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is often under-respected

Click here to watch and listen to the full interview with Matthew Coller.

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