The hiring of Paul DePodesta to serve within the Cleveland Browns front office was one of the most-discussed acquisitions in recent memory, producing countless reproductions of the long-time baseball mind’s resume in addition to commentary as to whether or not the move will, for a lack of a better term, work. According to Jason Whitlock of FOX Sports, not only was the hire a “slap in the face” of long-time football minds, but those football folks are going to be rooting for the Browns’ new paper-and-regression-style of analysis to blow up in their face.
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While one can debate the merits of measuring things like “fear and intimidation,” that staunch, stuck-in-their-ways football folks are rooting against the Browns’ latest tactics shouldn’t be much of a surprise. There is a host of individuals in baseball who, to this day, pan the focus on advanced statistics and “analytics”, attempting to use the caveat of “being old school” when all that truly means is being unwilling to evolve.
Whether or not the Browns succeed in their endeavors from a wins and losses standpoint may not make a difference (outside of a few jobs and the continued heartbreak of fans). If this decision by the Browns ultimately serves to weed out an old way of thinking and ushers in a new, more efficient way of allocating millions to college kids, it’s tough to argue how the league won’t be better off as a whole. Then again, wasting emotion on rooting for someone else to fail rather than focusing on improving your own model is such a football thing to do.