1950s NFL Offenses

If you’re just tuning in, this is a continuation of my look at NFL offenses throughout history. I started in the 1930s before moving on to the offenses of the NFL and the AAFC in the 1940s. Today, I’m taking a look at 1950s NFL offenses. After the NFL-AAFC merger, the talent level of the league was at a then-all-time high. Both offenses and defenses were better than ever, and the increased use of the forward pass seduced more and more fans to stadiums. Moreover,…

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AAFC Offenses

Earlier this week, I looked at the NFL offenses of the 1940s. However, the NFL was not the only major football league during this time. The upstart All America Football Conference capitalized on the NFL’s wartime talent drought and built a league reputable enough to poach NFL stars, coaches, and fans, and ultimately force a merger. Although the NFL does not officially recognize AAFC stats, wins, or championships,1 the league was arguably far closer to the NFL than the early AFL ever was. AAFC owners…

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1940s NFL Offenses

Last week, I looked at 1930s NFL offenses, highlighting the top performing teams and noting the offensive contributions of league champions. Today, I’m going to discuss 1940s NFL offenses before moving on to the AAFC later in the week. The NFL does not recognize the statistics, records, or achievements from the AAFC, so I am not going to either (in this post). The NFL offenses of the 1940s have a unique place in the league’s history. In the early part of the decade, rosters were depleted…

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1930s NFL Offenses

I am of the belief that we as fans don’t think about, talk about, learn about, or even hear about the earliest years of the NFL. Sure, we’ll see some grainy footage of Johnny Unitas throwing a bomb to John Mackey or Bart Starr sealing the deal with a QB sneak, but most pre-Joe Namath events are out of sight out of mind.1 Today, I’m going to go back to the decade in which Unitas and Starr were born and look at the offensive performances of…

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NFL Champions Under the Original Title Format: Tiebreakers

Earlier this week, I looked at the would-be NFL champions if the league never changed its 1920 rules for awarding titles. There were 74 years in league history that produced an undisputed champion. However, there have been 21 seasons that require some tiebreakers. Tiebreaker Champions Under the Original Title Format The next table shows every year in which at least two teams tied for the league’s best record. They are ordered, left to right, by SRS score. The champions (as explained below) are in bold. In 1941,…

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Undisputed NFL Champions Under the Original Title Format

Depending on your perspective, the use of a playoff system to crown a league champion is either a great idea or a terrible idea. If you are of the belief that the title should go to the best team, you may not like the playoffs. After all, the more playoff games a number one seed has to play before the Super Bowl, the lower that team’s chances are of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at season’s end. Alternatively, you may pull for underdogs and love dramatic…

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National Championship Quarterbacks in the NFL

In this year’s NFL draft, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was drafted first overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Only four years ago, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was drafted first overall to the Carolina Panthers. What do these two men have in common? That’s right, they both led their college teams to a national championship. Newton has thus far proved to be a very good young quarterback, often thriving in spite of his surrounding offensive talent. Winston, for his part, looks to have the makings…

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All Time 53 Man NFL Roster

Sometimes when I am bored, I make football lists or rosters in my head (what is the all-time Steelers team, what is the current all-NFC South team, what is the all-time Hispanic team, etc.). Of all the whimsical thought experiments in which I have engaged, the one with the most decisions and revisions has been my all time 53 man NFL roster (with coaching staff). The purpose of building an all time 53 man NFL roster is not to simply pluck the best 53 players…

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Adjusted Catch Yards: Base 5

If you read my previous website or have read Football Perspective, you are likely familiar with the concept of adjusted catch yards. Essentially, ACY is a stat that boils the receiving stat line down to a single number. Where first down data is available, first downs are used. Where it is not available, one half of receptions is used as an estimate for first downs.1 Chase Stuart uses the league passing environment, as well as unique team passing climates, to adjust receiving totals. For example,…

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Quarterback Spikes Database

If you’ve checked out the table for quarterback kneels, you’re probably also interested in quarterback spikes. I find this information useful when I am looking at QB completion rates, passer rating, ANY/A, or any other stat that has attempts in the denominator. Sure, Ben Roethlisberger may spike the ball too often in comeback attempts, but I don’t think that should count against his rate stats. Chase Stuart has already published my research on quarterback spikes, but I wanted to include it on my own site…

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