On Thursday, former Redskins great Joe Theismann sat down for an interview on ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd”.
Theismann chatted with Cowherd on a variety of subjects ranging from his thoughts on the explosion of the pistol formation in the NFL to improved player safety.
Theismann also spoke about why he wore a single bar helmet during his playing days.
Find out what he had to say here (via ESPN Radio):
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One of the hardest positions to assess in the National Football League, is the value of an offensive lineman. Outside of pancake blocks (which favor the individual but don’t tell the full story) and sacks, which favor the unit but don’t tell the story of the individual, there are very few stats to gauge success.
Centers can point to the quarterback exchange and fumbles off of snaps. Quality left tackles are easy to spot. The rest is a bit hazy, unless you factor in sabermetrics.
Now, to be fair, sabermetrics are an inexact science, and usually assign weighted, arbitrary values where no numbers are readily available. What you end up with is something comparable to a quarterback passer rating: it’s a lovely number, if you have any idea what it means.
Some of the best sabermetricians in the football business are the fine folks over at Football Outsiders, who seek to find accurate adjustments for every statistic under the sun. With few normal stats to back up why the Redskins offensive line had a good year, I yield to their second-level stats to explain why the O-line was one of the best in the business: Read more »
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