Ranking the NFL free agents
March 6, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL is often referred to as a copycat league, but the better description may be "groupthink league," at least in a psychological sense.
Football is hardly the only professional sport exhibiting the groupthink mentality. Major League Baseball was inundated by analytics after author Michael Lewis published "Moneyball" in 2003, a book about the Oakland A's and their general manager Billy Beane, who used a sabermetric approach to assemble a very good team despite the organization's challenged revenue situation.
Professional basketball people followed suit with the advent of "PER" or player efficiency rating, a formula devised by then-ESPN stats maven John Hollinger and described as an all-in-one ranking, which attempts to boil down a player's contributions into one number. Hollinger's system was so revered by the in-crowd in the NBA that he jumped from Bristol, Conn., all the way to Memphis as vice president of basketball operations despite having no prior experience as a decision maker at the NBA level.
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