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Jan 16 2018, 03:07 PM
As a running back, I was always bothered by the incredibly low yards per carry across the league. The league leader in yards per carry last season (with over 100 carries) was only 3.6 YPC, a number that would surely get you benched in the NFL. It has also become increasingly clear that in order to suceed in the NSFL your team must focus on the pass, as run focused teams have historically finished very poorly. Below are some stats that I found pretty eye-opening.

So, first thing’s first, we need our baseline. For the sake of comparison, the easiest baseline is to use the 2017 season of NFL. Depending on who you ask, the NSFL is either a league below, or just outright replaced the NFL in terms of skill level. In actuality, it’s the only real-world comparison we can make with readily available statistics. The major takeaways here are the attempts per game, yards per game, and yards per attempt for both rushing and passing. On average, an NFL team runs 60 offensive plays a game, with 45% being run plays and 55% being pass plays.

Next, we have the same stats, but for the current season of the NSFL. The number of rushing attempts is 11% lower when compared to the NFL, but more shockingly would be the difference in yards per game and yards per attempt. The NSFL averages 30 less yards per game (27% difference) while also averaging .75 less yards per carry (18% difference). While not the biggest difference percentage wise, the yards per carry difference should be the most alarming. At ¾ of a yard less, the changes this causes to the league are significant. A 3.34 YPC average means that if teams want to run for ball movement, any delineation from the average makes getting first down almost impossible. With running being far less effective, teams rely on passing to do most of the heavy lifting with running relegated to mainly a goal-line role, and a way to keep defenses somewhat honest, for most teams. On average, NSFL teams attempt 8 more passes (24% difference) for 95 more yards per game (42% difference). On average, an NSFL team runs 65 plays, with 37% being run plays and 63% being pass plays. This number is worse than it looks as the LEAST balanced offense in the NFL was the Miami Dolphins, who (according to PFF) ran 37.4% run plays and 62.6% pass plays. Essentially, the average NSFL team is MORE UNBALANCED than the LEAST BALANCED offense in the NFL.

Not to pick on the Yeti, but I had to include statistics without them as they are a statistical outlier in nearly every category. Without the Yeti offense in to skew the averages (they’ve run 63.5% and passed 36.5% of the time) the number are absolutely out of control. The number of rushing attempts drops by 3 more to make it a 22% difference and 37 less yards to make it a nearly 34% difference (both when compared to the NFL). However, the yards per carry did improve slightly, to .68 YPC less than the NFL average. The gap in passing attempts widens by another 2 (30% difference) and yards take a jump to 343 yards per game (a MASSIVE 119 yards or 53% increase when compared to the NFL).

Clearly, the unbalanced nature of the offenses in the NSFL is something we should consider addressing in the offseason. A few things really stand out to me, the nearly 20% difference in YP when compared to the NFL is eye-opening. However, this statement, “Essentially, the average NSFL team is MORE UNBALANCED than the LEAST BALANCED offense in the NFL.”, is the most shocking to me. I think the best way would be a slight bump in yards per carry, with a league wide average of 4 YPC seeming to be the sweet spot.

EDIT: I understand that most teams will be pass heavy as this is a player driven league and there are more receivers than running backs. However, as it stands, running is not a viable option for an offense. When a guy like Boss Tweed, who has the 2nd most TPE of any player in the NSFL is averaging 2.9 YPC, there's clearly something wrong.

Jan 15 2018, 03:50 PM
D-Line Standouts: Season 4 Review

Welcome to our season review of our Season 4 Defensive Line Standouts. This is always my favorite piece to write each season, as it allows me the chance to reflect on the season as a whole and comment on the possible future. Unfortunately, next year, there will be some changes made as doing this for each week in the NSFL has just become too unwieldly. As of now, the plan is to continue with one for each week in real time, but things may change. For those of you that have taken the time to read this, thank you! I hope you get as much enjoyment from reading this as I do writing it. Enough chit chat… Let’s begin!

Team Appearances After Week 14*

Baltimore: 31 (+3)
Arizona: 28 (+1)
Orange County: 24 (+2)
San Jose: 23 (+1)
Las Vegas: 18 (+1)
Yellowknife: 17 (+1)
Philadelphia: 16 (+0)
Colorado: 15 (+3)

Well, a big congrats are in order for the Baltimore Hawks. Despite missing the playoffs for the first time since season 1, they finished atop our list with 31 appearances, 2 ahead of the Arizona Outlaws. Since I started this in season 2, Arizona and Baltimore have both been a beacon of consistency, as neither have ever finished below third. Orange County, a team that has never appeared in the top half of our standings before this year, finished third. Even more surprising, our defending champs from season 3 finished in a disappointing fourth place. Las Vegas has seen a steady decline from their first-place finish in season 2, finishing fourth last season and fifth this season. Like last year, Yellowknife finished 6th in our standings, tying their all-time high. Philadelphia followed suit, finishing in seventh place after finishing there in season 3 as well. It is also their highest finishing spot. Colorado finished the season ranked dead last, marking the second consecutive season they have done so after finishing fourth in season 2.

Baltimore Hawks
K. Hendrix, DE ($ x10), 114 points
R. Sandoval, DT ($ x9), 99 points *TRADED TO THE COLORADO YETI*
B. Metas, DT ($ x5), 50 points
J. Andres, DE ($ x5), 63 points
D. Dam, DE ($$) (played at both LB and DE)

Arizona Outlaws
A. Asipi, DT ($ x 10), 95 points
B. Blade, DE ($ x5), 85 points *TRADED TO THE YELLOWKNIFE WRAITHS*
G. King, DT ($ x5), 79 points

Orange County Otters
G. Wright Jr, DE ($ x7), 109 points
G. Clegane, DT ($ x7), 101 points
A. Tomlinson, DT ($ x7), 78 points
J. Boom, DE ($$$), 60 points

San Jose SaberCats
D. Miller, DT ($ x12), 127 points
C. Okonkwo, DE ($$$$), 75 points
C. Chambers III, DT ($$$$), 45 points
E. Charlton, DE ($$$), 71 points

Las Vegas Legion
B. Bot, DE ($ x7), 80 points *RETIRING AT END OF S5*
V. Cox, DT ($ x6), 75 points
J. Cox, DE ($$$$), 73 points
A. Saginaw, DT ($), 28 points

Yellowknife Wraiths
R. Maddox, DE ($ x6), 101 points
B. Bjornsson, DT ($ x6), 80 points *TRADED TO THE LAS VEGAS LEGION*
E. Gustavsson, DE ($$$$), 54 points
R. Fitzfatrick, DT ($), 41 points

Philadelphia Liberty
E. Kamaka, DT ($ x8), 95 points
M. Ramrio, DE ($ x5), 74 points *TRADED TO THE ARIZONA OUTLAWS*
D. Davidson, DE ($$$), 60 points

Colorado Yeti
F. Wozy, DE ($ x6), 84 points *TRADED TO THE ARIZONA OUTLAWS*
A. Sandoval, DE ($ x6), 67 points
S. Skidmarks, DT ($$$), 63 points

At the end of the season there was a lot of talk about defensive ends possibly receiving a buff. I found it interesting, however, that based on my scale, defensive ends averaged 79.4 points per player, while defensive tackles actually averaged lower, at 75.4. My guess is that people were shocked by the significantly lower number of sacks compared to previous years and began to panic without looking at all of the stats. While sacks for defensive end are indeed much lower than previous years, their number of tackles for loss (which I have valued at less than half of a sack) are still very high.
As always, if you have any comments, corrections, or question, I’d love to hear them below.

*Just a reminder, this ranking is not necessarily indicative of how well a team’s defense is operating as a whole, just how many times a player from that team has appeared on our list.

Jan 12 2018, 04:28 PM
Defensive Line Standouts – Season 4 Review

Welcome to our defensive line standouts season 4 review for defensive tackles! This year will be handled a little differently as I will be breaking it up into 3 pieces, defensive ends, defensive tackles, and team over-view. I decided to write more in-depth at the top 4 for each position, while a more team focused breakdown will follow later. Enjoy!

Defensive Tackle Top Performers

D. Miller ($ x12) 52 TCK, 1 TFL, 16 SCK, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumbles recovered (127 points)
If you followed my articles with any type of consistency over last season, it should come as no surprise to you that not only is Dan Miller the highest scoring defensive tackle, he’s also the highest scoring defensive lineman of the season. His twelve appearances were the most of any player this season, and the second most all-time. Miller finished the season with an impressive 16 sacks, the most of any defensive lineman and second most of any player in the NSFL. Miller wasn’t just a one-trick pony though, as he provided valuable run support as well. His 52 tackles were the third most by a defensive tackle and the fourth most of any defensive lineman. One considered the, “King of the Strip Sack” Miller was able to record 1 forced fumble and 2 fumbles recovered, but that was a sharp decline over season 3 where he finished with 4 and 2, respectively. Miller is the SaberCats defensive line, and an invaluable piece for their defense. If Miller ever leaves the SaberCats, the defense will take a massive hit, but youngster Chamber III has shown himself to be an emerging star, no doubt helped by the tutelage of the best defensive tackle in the league.

A. Asipi ($ x10) 39 TCK, 4 TFL, 12 SCK (95 points)
Arbin Asipi has had an interesting career. To get a better understanding, we have to go all the way back to the beginning, the inaugural season of the NSFL. Asipi finished with a solid 37 tackles and 4 sacks, showing himself to be a solid building piece for the Arizona Outlaws. He improvement continued in season 2 where he finished with 42 tackles and 9 sacks, while also adding 3 recovered fumbles. In season 3, after the addition of rookie sensation, Godfrey King, Asipi was asked to move to guard to help shore up their offensive line. After a solid season, which saw him record 44 pancakes and allow 6 sacks, Asipi was asked to once again change positions, this time back to defensive tackle. He returned to the defense with a renewed vigor, recording career highs in tackles for loss and sacks, while also recording the second most tackles of his career. His 12 sacks were the third most of any defensive lineman, and tied for the third most of any player in the NSFL. Great things are expected from Asipi this year, who is returning to defensive tackle for his final season, as he has announced that he will be retiring at season’s end.

R. Sandoval ($ x9) 47 TCK, 13 SCK (99 points)
Last year, there were 2 fantastic rookie campaigns by defensive tackles, King (who finished the year with a respectable 5 appearances this season) and Ricardo Sandoval. While King regressed a tad (as did most defensive linemen due to league changes), Sandoval actually exceeded his rookie campaign in some ways. Although his tackle number regressed a fair amount (61 to 47), his sack numbers actually increased from 12 to 13, which is incredibly remarkable considering those 13 sacks were enough to place his second among defensive linemen and third in the league overall. Things looked great in Baltimore, 2 of the best defensive linemen in the league would create headaches for QBs for season to come… then everything went sideways. Sandoval was named GM of the Las Vegas Legion and was promptly traded. After a very short and tumultuous tenure, Sandoval stepped down from his GM spot and was, again, promptly traded, this time to Colorado. This was a boon for Sandoval as he would now able to line up next to his brother, defensive end Antonio Sandoval. It will be interesting to see how Sandoval handles the transition to a new city. Colorado has always been clamoring for a pass-rush to support Fuego Wozy, but he was recently traded to Arizona. Have they finally found their answer with the Sandoval brothers?

E. Kamaka, ($ x8) 68 TCK, 1 TFL, 5 SCK, 1 forced fumble (95 points)
Talk about an unknown. Eli Kamaka came out of nowhere to prove himself as the best run support defensive linemen in the NSFL. Well, out of nowhere may be stretching it a tad. As a season 3 rookie defensive end, Kamaka started out well enough, but was asked to convert to guard to fill a massive team need. Ever the team player, Kamaka obliged and finished the season with 20 pancakes and 7 sacks allowed. In what seems to be a reoccurring theme, after league wide changes were made, Kamaka made the transition back to defense, but this time to the interior of the line, as a defensive tackle. To say that his impact was immediate would be an understatement. In his first game as a defensive tackle, he finished with 3 tackles and 2 sacks. Many thought Kamaka would be challenging Miller for the DT sack crown after that first week, but his season quickly pivoted. Kamaka took on a much more under-appreciated, yet equally important role, that of a run-stopping specialist. Kamaka finished with an impressive 68 tackles, the most of any defensive lineman, and 15 more than his next closest competitor. Being a run-stopper is not a glamourous role. They rarely get any respect or attention. However, Eli Kamaka, you’ve gained the respect of this writer.

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Jan 8 2018, 04:23 PM
Defensive Line Standouts – Season 4 Review

Welcome to our defensive line standouts season 4 review for defensive ends! This year will be handled a little differently as I will be breaking it up into 3 pieces, defensive ends, defensive tackles, and team over-view. I decided to write more in-depth at the top 4 for each position, while a more in-depth team breakdown will follow later. Enjoy!

Defensive End Top Performers

K. Hendrix ($ x10) 45 TCK, 10 TFL, 11 SCK, 1 forced fumble (114 points)
What a difference a season makes. After the changes to the offensive line, nearly every player saw a decrease in their personal stats this season. I say nearly because Hendrix was actually able to improve. Now, many will tell you that season 3 for Hendrix was a bit of an aberration, he was playing left defensive end and facing the stud of every offensive line, and had 2 other very good defensive linemen eating into his stats. This year though, saw a return to form, and Hendrix finished the season with the most appearances and most points scored of any defensive end. He was 1 of only 2 defensive ends to finish with double-digit sacks, (the other was D. Dam, who played a majority of the season at linebacker.), was the only defensive end to record double-digits in tackles for loss and sacks, and finished second in tackles, by only 1. Hendrix was the best defensive end in the league this season, bar none. It will be interesting to see how Hendrix handles yet another major personnel change on the defensive line as fellow standout, Sandoval, will not be returning.

J. Tuck ($ x8) 37 TCK, 16 TFL, 7 SCK, 1 safety (100 points)
CHEATER! I considered leaving him off, but it’s hard to prove the effect the multis had on this particular player, and he did earn his TPE in the proper way, so I kept him on. If there wasn’t a four-way tie for fifth among defensive ends, I would’ve bumped him off in a second.
Ok, now that that is out of the way, it’s time to talk about the digital person. Finishing the season with 37 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, and 1 safety, compared to the Tuck of yester-year, this season was a massive disappointment. Not only was he not the best defensive lineman (which was almost a given any other year), he wasn’t even the best defensive end. While his 16 tackles for loss were good enough for second in the league, he finished with a disappointing, 7 sacks, less than a quarter of what he had last year. On the plus side, he was also 1 of only 6 players to record a safety. Life for Tuck will be much different next year as he will be banned from the league for 1 season. The following season, he will be suiting up for a new team, the Yellowknife Wraiths and their vastly different defensive line.

G. Wright Jr. ($ x7) 43 TCK, 17 TFL, 8 SCK (109 points)
The first, and only true, (we’ll get to that later) position change player I’ll be talking about today made the transition look shockingly easy. Despite finishing in a tie for third in number of appearances, he actually finished the season second in points scored. Wright led the league in tackles for loss with 17, and finished with 43 tackles and 8 sacks to boot. No team saw a bigger shift in talent than the Orange County Otters, with 3 players (2 offensive linemen and 1 tight end) making the move to the defensive side of the ball. While Clegane and Winchester had a big impact as well, one could argue that no one made a bigger, and more immediate impact that Wright. Teams had always feared the Otters for the explosive offensive and ability to put up massive amounts of points. With the massive shift in talent, the Otters coming home with the Ultimus just made sense. Expect Wright (and this team) to be a power for the foreseeable future.

B. Bot ($ x7) 36 TCK, 16 TFL, 3 SCK (80 points)
What an interesting career Big Bot has had. He started out by playing on a different team every season of his career, only to call it quits at the end of season 5, part of the mass retirement of Legion players following season 4. It seemed like he never truly found a home until this season, which makes his retirement that much more tragic. Season 4, however, was his best season to date, finishing with 7 appearances on our list this year, enough to place him at fourth overall among defensive ends. As a team, Las Vegas struggled mightily getting to the quarterback, finishing the season ranked seventh in sacks, and Big Bot mirrored those struggles. Which he excelled mightily, however, was in his run support, finishing with an impressive 16 tackles for loss, tied for the second most in the league and accounting for nearly half of the Legions 36 tackles for loss on the season. Although his career was cut short, I look forward to seeing how it finishes.

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Dec 11 2017, 03:39 PM
Defensive Line Standouts – Week 14

Welcome to week 14 of our Season 4 Defensive Line Standouts!
Well, here it is, the final week of the season. Dreams were crushed (sorry Hawks and SaberCats) seasons were made (congrats playoff teams) and some big stars fizzled away (RIP Tuck). That doesn’t mean some exciting things didn’t happen this week though, as we see a player put up the performance of the season and two players clinched their double-digit appearances for the season. As is tradition, there will be an end of the year review, so be on the lookout for that soon. Enough chit chat… Let’s begin!

Defensive End Top Performers

D. Dam ($$) 2 TCK, 1 TFL, 1 SCK, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 defensive TD
Dam is making only his second appearance on our list this week, but his performance is tied for the best of any defensive lineman of the season. His scoop and score strip-sack netted him an unheard of 19 points, which by itself is good enough for second highest on the season. Even more interesting, Dam has spent the majority of his season playing linebacker, but has now spent two weeks on the line, making our list both times. Unfortunately for the Hawks, their season ends in heartbreak as they fail to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

R. Maddox ($ x6) 5 TCK, 3 TFL
Maddox is making his sixth appearance on the season following his 5 tackles and 3 tackles for loss (both tied for the highest of the week on our list) performance. His six appearances are tied for the most on the Wraiths, and mark a new personal record for Maddox as well. The Wraiths were able to do what the Hawks couldn’t, beat the Yeti to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since season 2. Next week, the Wraiths will face off against the Philadelphia Liberty for the NSFC Championship, and the right to represent their conference in the Ultimus.

A. Sandoval ($ x5) 4 TCK, 3 TFL
The first of a season high three Yeti, Sandoval put forth a fantastic performance in an otherwise disappointing game, finishing with 5 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. Sandoval has come on hot to end the season and this marks his fifth spot on our list, second on his team to only fellow defensive end, Wozy. It was a tough year for the Yeti, finishing with the worst record in the NSFL ever, 1-13. On the bright side, they were able to avoid a winless season, and the team is staying hopeful. Thinks will start to look up for Colorado next season.

Other Great Performers

B. Bot ($ x7) 2 TCK, 1 TFL, 1 SCK
F. Wozy ($ x6) 3 TCK, 2 TFL
K. Hendrix ($ x10) 3 TCK, 1 SCK

Big Bot makes his team leading seventh appearance with 2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 sack. Wozy makes his team leading sixth appearance for the Yeti with 3 tackles and 2 tackles for loss. In an shockingly odd pattern, Kurt Hendrix is making his tenth appearance, also a team high, with 3 tackles and 1 sack on the week.

Defensive Tackle Top Performers

G. Clegane ($ x7) 4 TCK, 2 SCK
Taking his seventh spot on our list, Clegane finished the week with 4 tackles and 2 sacks, one of only two players on the defensive line to finish the week with more than one sack. Clegane is one of three Otters to finish the season with 7 appearances, taking a historically weak aspect of the Otters and putting in the top half of appearances, as well as making it one of the more balanced performing defensive lines in the NSFL. The Otters will look to finally make it to their first Ultimus this week as the head to Arizona for their fourth consecutive ASFC Championship game.

S. Skidmarks ($$$) 7 TCK, 2 TFL
Finishing the week with7 tackles and 2 tackles for loss, Skidmarks was able to claim his third spot on our list for the season. Skidmarks is an interesting player as, despite the fact that once he was drafted, his player was never updated again, he continues to place solid performances from time to time. This is a prime example how desperate the Yeti are for a solid defensive tackle. If a player who is essentially a bit can post numbers like this, imagine what a dedicated performer can do. Hopefully the Yeti are able to address this need in the offseason.

A. Asipi ($ x 10) 2 TCK, 2 SCK
It would be safe to say that this was, officially, Asipi’s breakout season. After finishing the week with 2 tackles and 2 sacks, he was able to claim his tenth appearance on our list for the season, tied for second most in the league with Baltimore defensive end, Kurt Hendrix. Since I started this list in season 2, Asipi is the first player not named Jayce Tuck to lead the Outlaws in appearances. For the fourth season in a row (every season since the NSFL has started) the Outlaws will be headed to the ASFC Championship game next week.

Other Great Performers

R. Sandoval ($ x9) 5 TCK, 1 SCK
A. Tomlinson ($ x7) 5 TCK, 1 SCK
D. Miller ($ x12) 4 TCK, 1 SCK

Sandoval grabs his ninth appearance of the season with his 5 tackles and 1 sack performance in a valiant effort against the Liberty. Tomlinson grabbed his share of the Otter team lead with his 5 tackles and 1 sack performance, while Miller cemented his second crown with his twelfth appearance on our list.

Team Appearances After Week 14*

Baltimore: 31 (+3)
Arizona: 28 (+1)
Orange County: 24 (+2)
San Jose: 23 (+1)
Las Vegas: 18 (+1)
Yellowknife: 17 (+1)
Colorado: 15 (+3)
Philadelphia: 15 (+0)

Well, a big congrats are in order for the Baltimore Hawks. Despite missing the playoffs for the first time since season 1, they finished atop our list with 31 appearances, 2 ahead of the Arizona Outlaws. Arizona finished second with 28 appearances, while Orange County ended in third jumps into the #3 spot with 24. Season 3 defensive line champs the San Jose SaberCats round out the top 4, while Las Vegas and Yellowknife stay steady in the #5 and #6 spots. Colorado has a massive week (their best ever, actually) and in able to claim 3 spots this week, tying the Philadelphia Liberty for the #7 spot. Philadelphia was the only team to not have a player make our list this week, and in combination with the Yeti’s big week, is therefore moved down to the #8 spot. Fun fact, the team that has finished first in out standings has never made the playoffs. Cursed list confirmed?

As always, if you have any comments, corrections, or question, I’d love to hear them below.

*Just a reminder, this ranking is not necessarily indicative of how well a team’s defense is operating as a whole, just how many times a player from that team has appeared on our list.

**Please give $300k to ItsJustBarry for helping me with data collection.**

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