NFL Teams Huddle Up Around Quality

Abstract:Football has evolved to become big business, and with the big money comes the pressure for teams to win. Almost every NFL team today employs coaches and personnel dedicated to controlling the quality of actions on the field. NFL head coach Tom Landry is considered by many to be the first to institute quality principles. Borrowing from his industrial engineering background, Landry used quality control concepts and analysis to plot strategies, predict opponents' next moves, and assess the risk of calling one play over another. NFL teams now rely on football software to help staff create offensive and defensive plays, draw playbooks, and prepare game scripts and coaching notes. Digital video has taken game and player analysis to a new level of efficiency. Quality control in the NFL amounts to weighing risk and reward and trying to predict the unpredictable. Sidebar articles describe norm tables used by quality control coaches in the NFL and identify three new NFL head coaches noted for their …

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