Breer: Who's really in charge?
When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Albert Breer reveals all 32 power structures. More ...
The move was no surprise to anyone who caught the Bears' season-ending press conference two weeks prior. In explaining his approach to rebuilding a beleaguered offensive line, Emery revealed that he had consulted analytics services such as STATS Inc. and Pro Football Focus in a "very 'Moneyball' way, crunching the numbers."
Emery is expanding that reliance on advanced football statistics, announcing the hiring of Mitchell Tanney as director analytics.
What's particularly interesting about Tanney is his background as a player. He was a former Arena League quarterback and Division III National Player of the Year runner-up at Monmouth College.
Although the "Moneyball" craze has continued to take analytics mainstream, stats-crunchers have long carried a reputation for hubris and intransigence in the front offices of the NFL and MLB. Tanney's experience on the gridiron figures to be a considerable asset in bridging the gap between analytics and scouting.