I thought Jim Armstrong’s piece for Football Outsiders attempting to measure an Aggressiveness Index among NFL coaches was an interesting read this morning.
Armstrong says that most statistical analysts who follow the game believe that NFL coaches should go for it more on fourth down because the percentages say they should. The Aggressiveness Index ranks coaches based on how often they go for it on fourth downs. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll finished 10th overall, which sounds about right. It’s interesting that the top two coaches on the list, Jacksonville’s Mel Tucker and Steve Spagnuolo, are no longer with their perspective teams – the risk/reward of going for it on fourth down and not converting enough is unemployment.
Marshawn Lynch finished with 43 yards on eight carries in the AFC’s 59-41 win over the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that former Seahawks head personnel man Tim Ruskell has been relieved of his duties as the Bears player personnel director by the team’s new general manager Phi Emery.
Jared Ainsworth of the Beaumont Enterprise writes that Seattle safety Earl Thomas’ success in the NFL has given his mother Debbie the ability to retire from her job as an educator for 28 years, which she did last week.
KJR’s Mike Gastineau and Elise Woodard talks with Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman from Hawaii last week in this audio link.