I took a short hiatus from Reads Listens Views this month. It has nothing to do with the draft being done – I have a magazine assignment about the design of a 306,000 square-foot building at my day gig and a magazine to wrap up by June 15. If you’re new to the RSP blog, Reads Listens Views is a Friday feature that is my way of referring readers to other football writers, fantasy links, and things I found interesting away from the sport.
I imagine it’s fun to brag when you played football with a future NFL star in high school or college. It’s just as fun to say you performed in college with a guy with talent of the magnitude to guest star on Herbie Hancock’s album and have Stevie Wonder be a guest on his. If you’re curious, I was in a horn section performing the Earth Wind and Fire tune September and Raul was doing a mean Phillip Bailey. Catch him if you can . . .
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If you’re not reading Chase Stuart, you should check out something of his at least once a week. He’ll tell you he learned under Pro-Football-Reference.com writer/originator Doug Drinen – and Drinen taught Stuart well. Football Perspective is Stuart’s site and one of my favorite sites that does statistical analysis. He shows his work, the material is intellectually honest, and he approaches his studies with curiosity and a balanced scope and understanding that the sports analytics movement is just a chapter in the story and not the entire book.
Stuart knows about the game beyond the numbers and he’s a willing historian of eras that he may not have been witness to, but approaches with a reverence that makes his site one of the most enjoyable football blogs around. Here are three pieces that I think are well worth reading and learning whether you are a student of the game or a fantasy fanatic.
- Charles Woodson Returns to Oakland: Where Does He Rank? – This is a fun top-10 list with a historical bent.
- Which Coaches Are The Most Pass-Happy – Worth checking out – see where Bears new head coach Marc Trestman ranks.
- Tempo in the NFL – It’s one of my favorite pieces because it’s a cool use of data to provide a simple-looking idea with good implications for fantasy owners.
- Breaking Down Jedd Fisch’s Offense (Jaguars) – Speaking of up-tempo, Eric Stoner shows how they’ll try to do it in North Florida.
- Word of Muth: Lane Johnson and D.J. Fluker – This is a fantastic analysis of two rookie tackles and what they need to work on. Really educational with good visuals.
- Seattle’s 4-3 Defense – Field Gulls’ great explanation of how the Seahawks’ defense is more than just the straight-up 4-3.
- Tuesday’s with Rummy – Rumford Johnny’s personal piece about mental illness (inspired by Titus Young’s recent troubles) in his family and the dynamic of abuse as a contributor.
- Too Many Pit Bulls: A Case of Psychic Numbing
- Before Tumblr, Founder Made Mom Proud. He Quit School