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September 6, 2013 12:00 PM   Subscribe

From Kirk Goldsberry, the man who brought you CourtVision (previously), comes Pass Atlas: A Map of Where NFL Quarterbacks Throw the Ball.
posted by DynamiteToast (10 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
The one showing where each guy throws is funny. I can totally see that deep middle pass from Brees; the 13-14 yard out to the right side for Eli.
posted by Trochanter at 12:18 PM on September 6, 2013


I was hoping they'd have one for each starting quarterback, but mostly because I was hoping Jay Cutler's atlas would just be a picture of Brandon Marshall.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:20 PM on September 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


Mark Sanchez's atlas would be the ground. With a bit of Brandon Moore's ass in the middle.
posted by Etrigan at 12:23 PM on September 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


Based on what Goldsberry used Courtvision for during the recent NBA season, it's almost certain that he'll start doing QB profiles for interesting individual graphs. In fact on twitter he's already mentioned that Matt Ryan's graph was particularly interesting.
posted by DynamiteToast at 12:24 PM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Cool stuff but I'm really tired of it not being basketball season. Can someone do something about that?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:31 PM on September 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Also, I wonder how long until we see this used to show the other half of the pass. A season/lifetime chart of passes caught by certain receivers would be really neat.
posted by DynamiteToast at 12:36 PM on September 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Philip Rivers owns backward passes!

Love that Drew Brees is the only guy with the guts to go deep middle.
posted by selfnoise at 12:37 PM on September 6, 2013


Love that Drew Brees is the only guy with the guts to go deep middle.


He was just an early adopter. Expect to see a lot more of that this season as safeties dial back the hits to avoid fines.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 12:55 PM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


One question I would like answered by Mr. Fancy Stats is why do you insist on publishing data visualizations intended to keep Rex Grossman from unleashing the dragon? The man played in a Super Bowl! And remember the last Super Bowl? I believe a certain QB named Joe Flacco clearly patterned his entire life after Sexy Rexy, leading his team to victory by heaving long-distance bombs to receivers of below-average caliber (let's be real, Torrey Smith has every ounce of pass-catching ability that Devin Hester does). And now he's the highest-paid quarterback across all sports, proving he's the best once and for all.

Yet today when I opened my Meatfilters there's a bunch of orange-and-yellow hexagons telling me that everything I believe is a lie, and that Matt Schaub is a bona fide member of the greatest generation of dink-and-dunk passers? A bunch of shapes with numbers and percent signs can't win games for you, Mr. Goldsberry. You want to build a team around Brandon Weeden's completion percentage on -10 yard passes, be my guest. But the winners circle is reserved for men of true character and those who persevere against all odds in the face of high-caliber competition (like Brian Griese and John Beck). And if you want to see what makes an elite QB tick, Mr. Goldsberry, you want to find out what makes men like Rex continue to ride the pine in the NFL, you must come down off your high horse, strip to your skivvies, pick up the ol' pigskin, stare down that Tampa 2 coverage, and declare to the world, "Fuck it, I'm going deep!"
posted by antonymous at 2:32 PM on September 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


i LOVE this. thanks for posting.
posted by nadawi at 4:40 PM on September 6, 2013


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