EdjSports NFL Coach Rankings - Through Week 16

Ian O'Connor
12.29.21 3:53PM UTC
We have a NEW #1 in our Coach Rankings after Week 16's action. Frank Reich (IND) moves into the top spot. He and Brandon Staley (LAC) remain 2nd and 1st, respectively, in CCI, but their swap in EPI (IND up to 9th, LAC down to 11th) results in Reich’s jump to the top. Staley drops two spots to 3rd behind Kliff Kingsbury (ARI), who’s now 3rd despite Arizona’s loss to IND. A couple good 4th down calls by Kingsbury, in conjunction with Matt LaFleur’s (GB) drop helps him move up. LaFluer falls to 5th overall after having our worst 4th down error of the week, which dropped him six spots down to 9th in CCI. Sean McDermott’s (BUF) aggressive game against the Patriots moves him up two spots in CCI and he moves up one spot overall to 4th. Bill Belichick (NE), who also made four great 4th down calls, moves up one spot in our CCI rankings; however, his conservativeness throughout the rest of the season keeps him at 28th. His one-spot drop overall is a product of the movement of coaches around him and New England’s drop in EPI after their loss to the Bills. Pete Carroll (SEA), Joe Judge (NYG), and Mike Tomlin (PIT) continue to round out the bottom three.

Our Methodology

EdjSports is widely acclaimed for its in-game risk management analysis and proprietary Game-Winning Chance (GWC) metric used by NFL teams and media. GWC is a team’s win probability at any point in the game and is generated from the proprietary EdjFootball simulation model. EdjSports is creating the industry standard for head coach rankings by allocating its GWC to coaching decisions.

About the EdjFootball model
Built on 20+ years of historical NFL play-by-play and statistical data, the EdjFootball model is a fully customizable simulation engine. It accounts for each team’s strengths and weaknesses on offense, defense, and special teams. Model inputs include game state (score, timeouts, quarter, clock, down and distance, and field position), venue characteristics (indoor, outdoor, grass, turf, elevation), second half kickoff team, key injuries and Football Outsiders DVOA. Each week the model evaluates team performances and adjusts team strengths and weakness accordingly. As a result of these analyses, over the course of a season the EdjFootball model simulates over 3 billion games to conclusion.

About the EdjSports Coach Rankings
EdjSports analyzes every coaching decision during the course of a season. The EdjFootball model enables an in-depth examination of all critical calls (4th downs, PATs, and kickoffs), in terms of the amount of GWC at stake. The coach’s play-calling choices (run, pass, field goal, punt) are assessed at the point of decision (pre-snap) and rated with respect to their impact on winning the game. As a result of this process all play calling decisions can be objectively classified as either optimal decisions (correct calls) or suboptimal decisions (errors).
The EdjSports Coach Rankings are based on this methodology and consist of two main components that result in the overall ranking.

Edj Power Indexes (EPI) Ranking
This is a cumulative ranking of the Edj Power Indexes (EPIs) including Offensive Pass, Offensive Rush, Defensive Pass and Defensive Rush. This ranking is a reflection of how teams performed in every situation during the season.

Offensive Play Calling (CCI) Ranking
This ranking is based on an analysis of offensive play calling on 4th downs and compares teams in terms of GWC lost or gained, on a normalized basis so that all teams are given the same test. Additionally, the CCI rankings are adjusted to account for the frequency and situational nature of critical calls to allow for fair comparisons of all 32 teams.

EdjSports Coach Ranking
This ranking is a weighted average of the Edj Power Indexes (EPI) and Offensive Play Calling (CCI) Rankings that provides a more comprehensive assessment of coaching strengths and weaknesses.

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