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Apr 4 2018, 02:39 PM


Boss Tweed held a press conference today in Yellowknife to make a big announcement:

"I'm here to announce that starting in Season 7 I will no longer be playing running back, but will be switching positions to linebacker for the rest of my career. I have wondered for a while if the running back position was allowing me to use my talents to their full potential. I've spent a lot of time training over the course of my career and am one of the top players in the league in training hours, but statistically, my performance at running back has only really been middle of the pack these last few years. With the emphasis of the league shifting heavily towards the passing game, the running back position is losing some value as teams with lower rated running backs have not seen much of a drop off. I've been somewhat frustrated with my performance these last few years and the conversations I had with teams during trade talks got me thinking about the idea of a position switch. Ultimately, I think it will be nice to get a fresh start at a new position that will hopefully help me to perform at a higher level and will at least give me something new to add excitement to the later years of my career. I think I will be able to make a bigger impact by switching to a more important position, which will help increase my chances of winning a championship. It will feel strange not playing running back, but I'm ready for a change and am looking forward to seeing what I will be able to do as a linebacker."

It will be interesting to see how this change impacts Tweed's legacy as a running back. He is currently the NSFL's career leader in rushing attempts and rushing yards, though those records will probably be overtaken eventually by other running backs with more longevity. He still holds a single game rushing yards record that may stand for a while. His touchdown numbers are not particularly impressive compared to other running backs as his career high was 6 rushing touchdowns in Season 2 and outside of that season, he never surpassed 4 rushing touchdowns in a season. However, his lack of scoring can be attributed somewhat to playing with a weaker passing attack that made it harder to sustain drives so he did not see many red zone carries. Overall, Tweed put together a pretty solid career as a running back as he had over 1000 yards in all 5 of his seasons as a starter and made the pro bowl in 4 of those 5 seasons. He was able to lead starting running backs in YPC in Season 2 and Season 3 and led in rushing yards in Season 3 and Season 5. However, he was never able to get over the hump and win the Running Back of the Year award, so even though he had success over multiple years, there was never a season where he was considered the best in the league. His best season was in Season 3 when he led the league in rushing yards while still leading starting running backs in YPC despite playing behind a week offensive line and with a historically bad passing attack. However, his touchdown numbers were not good enough to win the Running Back of the Year award but it was still an impressive individual season. Tweed was never really the same after Season 4 as his YPC got worse despite having a better offensive line due to the offensive line bots and the influx of talent at the running back position during that season saw Tweed overshadowed by younger running backs who were outperforming him. While he was never really a top running back after that, he was able to generally play at a top 3 running back level due to getting a lot of rushing opportunities with the Yeti. In general, Tweed was never able to be the top running back in a season but was able to play at a pretty high level for a sustained period of time so he was able to have a solid career at running back.

Seeing how Tweed transitions to linebacker will be one of the interesting storylines to follow this offseason. His athleticism should allow him to still succeed in a speed rusher role, though he may lose some speed as he will have to put on weight to make the transition. Tweed switching to linebacker will add another top player to an already talented Wraiths defense, which will hopefully help lead them to their first championship in Season 7. It should be an exciting season for Tweed and the Wraiths.
Mar 31 2018, 01:36 AM


Earlier this week, headlines were made across the NSFL as Boss Tweed was traded to the Yellowknife Wraiths in a blockbuster trade. Today Tweed held a press conference and fielded questions from the media about the trade.

Reporter: “What are your initial thoughts on the trade?”

Boss Tweed: “Well first, I’d like to thank the Colorado Yeti fans, players, and management for 6 great years. The organization always believed in me and supported me from day one. They were the team that took a chance in me in the draft when I fell to the seventeenth round. Even though I was the third running back on the depth chart, they made sure I still got the playing time that allowed me to develop into the player I am today. Later in my career, the team put their trust in me by giving me a captain role. I am very grateful for all the opportunities the Yeti gave me and will cherish these memories for the rest of my life. I wish the Yeti nothing but success going forward. I’m also very excited to become a part of the Yellowknife Wraiths. It’s kind of a funny story since the Wraiths were the only team I talked with prior to the draft and entering the draft I thought I would end up there. And now a few years later I will be heading to Yellowknife to suit up for the Wraiths after all. The Wraiths are an excellent organization that has maintained consistent success throughout their existence. I have a lot of respect for their management and players. I’ve had a lot of fun competing against the Wraiths, the rivalry between the Yeti and the Wraiths in their first couple years has produced some of the best memories of my career. I’ve always liked the Wraiths and I am very excited for the opportunity to join them and am grateful to them for taking the chance on me and giving up the assets to trade for me.”

Reporter: “What brought about the trade?”

Boss Tweed: “With some recent events over the offseason, the Yeti have had to reevaluate their timeline. I had wanted to see through the rebuild and be around when the Yeti were ready to contend again, which is why I re-signed with them this season as I was hoping I might be able to one day win a championship with my original team. The Yeti were hopeful they could supplant their current young core with some big offseason moves and begin to look towards competing next season, but suffered some setbacks over the offseason that will make it harder for them to contend in the next couple years. I’ve also thought some about my future this season. I know that I won’t play forever and I’d rather walk away from the game on my own terms rather than playing so long that I suffer a career ending injury or simply am no longer good enough to make a roster. The odds of me staying around long enough for the Yeti to complete their rebuild and win a championship were not high enough to be worth more than the value the Yeti could get by trading me while I’m in my prime and getting assets that will line up with their timeline and help them when they are ready to compete. Over the offseason, the general managers approached me about my thoughts on potentially trading me and I agreed with them that it was the right move. The team will benefit more from having long term assets rather than short term assets and on an individual level, I will have the opportunity to contend during the prime years of my career. Winning a championship has always been my number one goal and I had to face the reality that it was unlikely that I would be able to accomplish that with the Yeti in the next few years but could have the opportunity to do so by joining a contender. It will be nice to have a fresh start as I have gotten a bit burned out by the last few years of rebuilding and not having a chance to contend and I think this change will reignite my motivation and drive as I will once again have the chance to contend for a championship. I think it was a win-win situation as playing for the Wraiths will give me a chance to contend during my timeline and I will hopefully be able to provide the Wraiths with a piece to push them over the top and win a championship while I will leave the Yeti behind with a nice package of assets that will help them build towards a bright future and continue to build up their strong young core.”

Reporter: “What is your best memory from your time with the Yeti?”

Boss Tweed: “A few come to mind. The first involves my new team, the Wraiths. At the end of my first year, we played the Wraiths in Colorado for the last game of the season. After a 6-1 start, we had lost five of our last six games while the Wraiths had won four in a row and had just overtaken us in the standings with their Week 13 win. Given recent trends, almost every analyst was picking the Wraiths to beat us. But we went out and defended our home stadium with a 20-10 victory to become the NSFC’s first ever regular season champions. We were set for a rematch in the playoffs, but many analysts had the Wraiths beating us in their playoff predictions even though we had home field advantage. Once again, we were pulled out the victory 13-6 to win the first Glacies Trophy. It was fun thriving in an underdog role during those weeks and that was the first taste of playoff success in my career and so far the only playoff success. Despite the Yeti’s recent struggles, it’s nice to know that they will always have in their history that they were the first team to win the NSFC. As an individual accomplishment, another great memory I have is my game against the Legion in Week 12 of Season 5. This was the best game of my career as I rushed for 171 yards on 34 carries for a 5 yards per carry average. The stats don’t even convey how dominant the game was as the coaches didn’t want to wear me out too much so I didn’t play much in the second half but I had already broken the previous single game rushing yards record before halftime. That game set a single game rushing yards record that still has not been broken and was good enough to win me the Top Performance Award that season. That’s the only award I’ve won so far in my career so it was a special occasion to win it and it commemorated the best performance of my career.”

Reporter: “Conversely, what is your worst memory from your time with the Yeti?”

Boss Tweed: “There have been a lot of bad memories in the last few years, especially with us going 0-14 last season, but the ones that will haunt me the most are the missed opportunities from my early years. The one that sticks with me the most was our game against the Legion in Week 12 of Season 2. We played in Colorado but we fell short 23-17. The Legion were not a good team that year and falling short to them on our own home field was a very embarrassing loss. Individually, I was terrible that game as I could only manage a 2.7 yards per carry at home against one of the worst defenses in the league. But the worst part of that loss is its implications. That game was the difference between entering the playoffs on a five game winning streak as the top seed in the NSFC and missing the playoffs altogether despite having the best point differential in the NSFC. I think we were the best team in the NSFC this year and we nearly beat the Outlaws in Arizona earlier that season so I think we would have had a very good chance at winning the championship that year if we had been able to make the playoffs, but now we’ll never know because of that Legion loss. It’s even more heartbreaking in hindsight realizing that Season 2 was the last chance I would have had to make the playoffs with the Yeti but it was squandered by losing the easiest game on our schedule. And thinking further, it’s possible that with the morale boost of a deep playoff run, things might not have fallen apart for the Yeti over that offseason and maybe we would have never fallen off so badly, maybe the Yeti would have stayed competitive and developed into a powerhouse. It’s possible that one loss in an easily winnable game may have altered the entire course of my career and the Yeti’s history. A similar issue happened in Season 1 as we lost home games against the two worst teams in the league and those two games could have allowed us to finish with the best record and have home field advantage in the Ultimus Game instead of traveling to Arizona for an embarrassing loss. I feel like some of those early Yeti teams had the potential for greatness, but it hurts to feel like we squandered that by losing winnable games.”

Reporter: “How do you want your legacy to be remembered with the Yeti?”

Boss Tweed: “It’s hard to say. Most people want to be remembered as somebody who won multiple championships for their team and won multiple awards in their name, but I was not able to do either of those with the Yeti. I didn’t bring home much hardware during my time in Colorado, but I hope I still leave behind a positive legacy with the Yeti. Hopefully I will be remembered for helping the team achieve success in their early years and on my way out for allowing them to gain some assets that will hopefully produce some key assets for when they are able to contend in the future. Hopefully the players will remember me as a good teammate and the fans will remember me as a player who gave them something to be excited about during a rough period of time for the franchise. If nothing else, I’ll at least be remembered as a seventeenth round pick who grew into a surprise contributor and made for a great story. I’ll walk away with positive memories of my time in Colorado and I hope that my fans, teammates, and coaches will have similar fond memories of my time there.”

Reporter: “How do you think you will fit on the Wraith’s roster going forward?”

Boss Tweed: “I won’t say too much about that yet. We’ll have to wait until after the offseason finishes and the roster comes more into place. But I feel confident that I will be able to contribute in whatever role I take and help push the Wraiths toward success.”

Reporter: “What are your goals going forward?”

Boss Tweed: “I want to win a championship. Ever since falling short in the Ultimus Game in my first season, I’ve been longing to make it back there and do things right this time. After struggling to pick up wins the last few seasons, I want to get back to winning and to be able to experience the thrill of the playoff race once again. I would like to try to win some individual awards in the next few years, but after having four years to focus on stats rather than wins, my main focus will be on getting wins rather than worrying as much about my individual performance. As long as I can help put the Wraiths in a good position to win and hopefully help them reach a championship, I will consider myself successful.”

Reporter: “Do you think you will play for a third team in your NSFL career?”

Boss Tweed: “I don’t think so. Overall, I’m looking to spend the rest of my career in a place where I will be able to contend and I think the Wraiths will be able to put me in position to do so for the next few years. With the new contract I’ve signed, I’m going to be well set financially so I won’t need to go try to test my value on the open market. If the next few years go well enough, I may not need to sign another contract and be content to hang it up after this current contract and if I do sign another contract, I’d rather have consistency and stay put in Yellowknife rather than relocate again. I think that Yellowknife is going to be a great fit for me and I think I will play out the rest of my career here unless they trade me.”

Reporter: “Any last thoughts on the trade or your future?”

Boss Tweed: “Overall, I’m pretty excited about it. I think this will be a good move for my career and helping me to reach my goals and I feel good knowing that I am leaving the Yeti on good terms and that they are happy with the return they were able to get, which should set them up well for the future. After rough times in the last few years, it will be nice to get a fresh start. The feeling of being able to compete again for a playoff spot and to have a chance to win a championship is going to be great. The Wraiths have a great group of players and people together and I am very glad to be able to join them and become a part of it. I feel sad leaving the Yeti behind, but I think the time was right to make this move both for me as an individual and for the Yeti as a team. And similarly, I think this was a good move for the Wraiths because they are a team with championship potential right now and I will hopefully be able to be the piece for them that will help push them over the edge and win an Ultimus. I’m thankful to the Yeti fans who supported me throughout my time here and hope they will be able to continue to support me when I’m not playing their team since I know I’ll always be pulling for the Yeti when they aren’t playing the Wraiths. And hopefully I will be able to make a good impression in Yellowknife and become a fan favorite there as well. And also, I’ll leave with a teaser for the fans. I will have a big announcement coming soon, so stay tuned in the next few days for some big news. Thanks to everyone for listening, I’m excited to begin this new chapter in my career and am looking forward to the opportunities I have going forward. I'm looking forward to getting stared.”
Dec 28 2017, 01:18 AM
This is the Week 14 version of the Running Back Success Rates series I've been doing. If you haven't seen the previous versions, the general idea is to measure the consistency of a running back's success. Each run is considered a success or a failure based on the percentage of yards required gained. The benchmark values for a success are 40% of yards required on 1st down, 60% of yards required on 2nd down, and 100% of yards required on 3rd down or 4th down. The running back's success rate is their number of successful runs divided by their total number of runs. If you are interested in learning more about how the statistic was created here is the Football Outsiders article that I learned about it from (Note: the version of the stat I am using is slightly simplified as it does not include the 4th quarter adjustments). I included the starting running back of each team and the top two running backs for the Wraiths and the Otters because they split carries pretty evenly. Here are the stats from Week 14:

Here are the running backs' cumulative stats after Week 14:

These are the final rankings for Season 4, with Mackworthy taking home the crown. Interestingly, there isn't too much of a correlation between success rate and yards per carry. In the future, I'd be curious to look back at these numbers and see if I can find any causes for the success ratings running backs ended up with as that could provide a guide for how to build a successful running game. To those who followed this series, I'm sorry the posting ended up being so erratic, I ended up getting pretty busy and my schedule for this was thrown out of whack. I'll probably try to track this again in Season 5 and I should hopefully be able to line it up more closely with the sim schedule this time.

Here are the stats from past weeks:
Week 13
Week 12
Week 11
Week 10
Week 9
Week 8
Week 7
Week 6
Week 5
Week 4
Week 3
Week 2
Week 1


GRADED
Dec 21 2017, 01:44 AM
This is the Week 13 version of the Running Back Success Rates series I've been doing. If you haven't seen the previous versions, the general idea is to measure the consistency of a running back's success. Each run is considered a success or a failure based on the percentage of yards required gained. The benchmark values for a success are 40% of yards required on 1st down, 60% of yards required on 2nd down, and 100% of yards required on 3rd down or 4th down. The running back's success rate is their number of successful runs divided by their total number of runs. If you are interested in learning more about how the statistic was created here is the Football Outsiders article that I learned about it from (Note: the version of the stat I am using is slightly simplified as it does not include the 4th quarter adjustments). I included the starting running back of each team and the top two running backs for the Wraiths and the Otters because they split carries pretty evenly. Here are the stats from Week 13:

Here are the running backs' cumulative stats after Week 13:

Here are the stats from past weeks:
Week 12
Week 11
Week 10
Week 9
Week 8
Week 7
Week 6
Week 5
Week 4
Week 3
Week 2
Week 1


GRADED
Dec 18 2017, 12:55 AM
This is the Week 12 version of the Running Back Success Rates series I've been doing. If you haven't seen the previous versions, the general idea is to measure the consistency of a running back's success. Each run is considered a success or a failure based on the percentage of yards required gained. The benchmark values for a success are 40% of yards required on 1st down, 60% of yards required on 2nd down, and 100% of yards required on 3rd down or 4th down. The running back's success rate is their number of successful runs divided by their total number of runs. If you are interested in learning more about how the statistic was created here is the Football Outsiders article that I learned about it from (Note: the version of the stat I am using is slightly simplified as it does not include the 4th quarter adjustments). I included the starting running back of each team and the top two running backs for the Wraiths and the Otters because they split carries pretty evenly. Here are the stats from Week 12:

Here are the running backs' cumulative stats after Week 12:

Here are the stats from past weeks:
Week 11
Week 10
Week 9
Week 8
Week 7
Week 6
Week 5
Week 4
Week 3
Week 2
Week 1


GRADED
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