Meet Our NFL Charting Team
Charters that work for Armchair Analysis.com are not just casual fans or college interns — they are a mix of data scientists, former professional players and fantasy football pro's who know the game inside-and-out.
They also have one important thing in common: they are all partners in the business and each and every one uses the data that we collect for their own endeavors. They have a vested interest in maintaining data quality and a desire to continually push the program forward with the addition of new metrics each season.
Meet Our Custom NFL Play by Play Stats
For the 2020 season, we are charting 61 custom play-by-play stats for every passing and rushing play, all ready for download within 6 days after each game.
Download a Sample of Charted Data (Playoffs 2019)
What's New in 2020
Extra men on the Line
Number of players lined up on either side of the Offensive Tackles — usually a Tight-end.
Hash Mark Location
Where the ball is placed when the center has it in his hand. Values can be (L)eft hash, (R)ight hash or in-between (M for Middle).
There are 2 types of motion: Pre-snap (P) which starts and stops before the snap and the more aggressive type of motion that is occurring during the snap (S). When both occur we mark 'PS'.
# Of Defensive Backs
Number of Defensive Backs on the field.
Number of DB's in the box
Provides extra detail beyond the total number of players listed under 'BOX'
Values can be RPO (run/pass), RUN (run/qbrun) or blank when there is not an option.
Some obvious trickery is going on (0 - No, 1 - Yes). Usually it's a wildcat formation or when the QB lines up in a uncommon position. Fake punts and fake field goals are not trick looks since they look like regular punts or FG's.
Fake punts, double passes, flea flickers, wildcats etc (0 - No, 1 - Yes).
A designed running play for the QB. These are only marked on runs by a natural QB where he lined up as a QB. Also, sneaks and kneel-downs are not counted.
Quarterback dives ahead directly off the snap for short-yardage. A high percentage conversion but these plays also open up QB's for some physical abuse.
Play design is initially a pass but QB elects to run based on pressure; a lack of open receivers, or, simply seeing an opportunity to make positive yardage running himself.
Time to Scramble
Seconds elapsed between the snap and when the QB scrambles.
Pass target takes significant punishment whether the pass is caught or not. Most 'Contested Balls' will also be a 'Physical Ball'.
A pass in which an eligible receiver has the opportunity to get his hands on the football with reasonable movement, timing, and opportunity (0 - No, 1 - Yes).
QB escapes the grasp of a defender in the pocket (can be more than 1).
QB passes to the initial receiver he looks at after the snap (0 - No, 1- Yes).
Pain Free Play
Analyze which players are escaping long-term damage. These are cases where the ball carrier is only lightly touched by a defender on the field (ie QB slide) or runs out of bounds with little or no physical contact with the defender or sideline personnel/equipment. Includes TD's.
Time to Pass
Seconds elapsed between the snap and when the QB attempts the pass.
QB was to blame for the sack: held ball too long; missed wide open receiver etc (0 - No, 1 - Yes).
Time to Pressure
Seconds elapsed between the snap and when the QB starts to feel pressure.
First Contact was Blocked
Defenders ability to make the tackle on first contact was impeded due to a block. Values are (B)locked, (U)nblocked, (N)one or blank.
First Contact resulted in Tackle
Initial contact resulted in the player being tackled. Values are (Y)es, (N)o or blank.
Number of Yards gained with one or more tacklers grasping onto the receiver or ball carrier.
# of Running Backs
The number of RB's on the field.
# of Tight Ends
The number of TE's on the field.
The Lineup from 2019
- Number of Players in the Backfield
- Men In The Box
- Play Action Pass
- QB Pressure
- QB Hit
- QB Hurry
- Hindered Throwing Motion
- Number of Pass Rushers
- Number of Blitzers
- Number of DB's Blitzing
- Zone Blitz
- Out of Pocket Pass
- Out of Pocket Details
- Coverage On Target
- Contested Ball
- QB Throw Away
- Shovel/Touch Pass
- Sideline Pass
- Highlight Pass
- Created Reception
- INT Worthy Pass
- Dropped Pass
- Batted Pass
- Screen Pass
- Missed/Broken Tackles
- Time To Sack
- True Air Yards
- Depth of Target (Yards)
- Yards After Catch
- Yards After Contact
- Defenders on QB Pressure, Hurries, Hits
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