Originally written on Total Titans  |  Last updated 11/4/14
Pardon the idiosyncratic reference, but I want to push back a little bit against Andrew's recent series on the offensive line. Mind you, I'm not disputing the numbers at all. They are what they are. There are a lot of numbers out there, though, and some of them don't necessarily mean what people sometimes claim they mean. The paradigmatic case is running back attempts, how when Running Back X has 25 or 30 or somesuch carries in a game, his team's record is like 17-1; not surprising, because a running back tends to only get 25 or 30 attempts in a game his team is already winning. Line yards are one attempt to characterize something that's hard to characterize in a statistical fashion, but I'm not sure how effectively it manages that. To the extent line yards fairly and accurately reflect the level of performance of the back and the offensive line in the context of the broader offense, we should expect Adjusted Line Yards to remain relatively constant if we hold those constant. Now,...
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