Presenting Scientific Football 2009, a book that has everything an analytical football tome should contain: metrics galore, a ton of granular analysis and a splash or two of humor!
The metrics centerpiece is the long awaited return to the ROBIN run metric system first featured in Scientific Football 2006. ROBIN is unique in that it is based on granular tape analysis of every running play from the 2008 season. Offensive linemen are graded in their ability to block at the point of attack, at the 2nd/3rd level and on pulls. No other system goes to this depth level and Scientific Football 2009 does it for nearly 200 members of the offensive front wall.
The book also features plenty of biting and insightful essays about a wide variety of topics, including:
The impact exploding population levels over the past forty years have had on NFL teams' ability to sell out their stadiums
The real motivations behind Brett Favre's return
Why Bill Belichick is to pro football what The Beatles were to pop music
The word of advice from filmmaker Kevin Smith that Drew Brees and Sean Payton should have taken in pursuing the single-season passing yardage record
How Jim Zorn's handling of the vertical passing attack put Jason Campbell behind the eight ball
Scientific Football 2009 also continues the trend of its predecessors by taking a highly detailed look at passing metrics. A new feature in this area is the introduction of the splash play metric that takes pass-blocking analysis to the next level. When all of this is combined with KC's NO-HYPE approach and off the wall sense of humor, it makes for a read unlike any other!