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The NFL's least reliable statistic

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08:38 AM ET 10.09 | Look for the "NFL's Least Reliable Stat" and you'll find a crowded field. A punter's average distance is basically irrelevant, any measure of yards gained is always a "give or take a few" proposition, and please don't get anyone started on "quarterback rating." Still, if you ask players and league insiders, the most maddeningly imprecise football statistic is something that seems simple enough: the tackle. In theory, players are awarded tackles when they bring an offensive player to the ground. ... [But unlike completions or interceptions,] tackles are granted in split-second judgment calls by a scorekeeper hired by the home team. In many cases, this decidedly analog system creates some results that leave the players scratching their helmets.

The Wall Street Journal

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October 9, 2012  08:54 AM ET

QBR by far.....

October 9, 2012  08:59 AM ET

In many cases, this decidedly analog system creates some results that leave the players scratching their helmets.

'specially when those bonus checks are calculated.

October 9, 2012  09:00 AM ET

FN's Most Meaningless Thread

October 9, 2012  09:03 AM ET

May I recommend a photo of Jen Sterger in a flimsy nightgown to complement this thread?

October 9, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Most reliable stat: Number of people who want to see Chiorboy wedgied on national TV.

October 9, 2012  09:07 AM ET

I always go to the Wall Street Journal for my relevant NFL news.

October 9, 2012  09:09 AM ET

why quote the Wall street journal???

October 9, 2012  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Most reliable stat: Number of people who want to see Chiorboy wedgied on national TV.

Roger Goodell Sucks!

October 9, 2012  09:21 AM ET

Here's the NFL's most reliable fact...........it's the world champion New York Giants kickin some **** and then kickin so mo **** buddy!

October 9, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Hey, let's talk about what is the most meaningless statistic. It's not like there are any cheerleader sex scandals going on. Oh wait... there is. Just can't seem to find that article.

October 9, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Here's the NFL's most reliable stat.......its the world champion New York Giants kickin some **** and then kickin some mo ****. Now thats a stat fa all yall ****!

October 9, 2012  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Hey, let's talk about what is the most meaningless statistic. It's not like there are any cheerleader sex scandals going on. Oh wait... there is. Just can't seem to find that article.

Yeah, as I recall, a picture of her would get the old juices flowing, too. We need to expose the truth on these things, y'know.

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