Oldies but Goodies: A Summary of My Prior Public Work

I alluded to this with links in the About page and the Intro post, but let me lay out for you some previous analytics work I’ve done with NFL injuries as a guest writer over at Football Outsiders. I’ve done a ton of other non-public work, but this is the work I am most proud of that I can link to.

In fall 2015 I wrote a 4-part series describing NFL injuries:

Part I introduces the series and gives an overview of the most common and severe injuries in the NFL.

Part II investigates how injury risks change over the course of a season and how they’ve trended over the last 10 years or so. It also addresses concussions and the 2011 lockout and CBA.

Part III takes a look at how injury risks change as players age and gives a textbook example of survivor bias that would be useful in any statistics or epidemiology class.

Part IV concludes the series by investigating how injury risks vary by position.

In 2016 I critiqued a Wall Street Journal article that erroneously claimed NFL career lengths had dropped by 50% in the last 4-5 years due to changes in the players tracked by the article’s data source (Pro-football-reference). They have done no such thing.

I also co-wrote an article for FiveThirtyEight on how difficult it is to evaluate the performance of teams in the NFL draft.

Author: Zach

I write NFLInjuryAnalytics.com, among other things.

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