Yazoo Podcast: Ryan Tannehill and analytics talk with Ben Baldwin

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  -- Twitter is loaded with great accounts that teach me analytical outlooks, ever-adjusting the way I look at football.

One of them, Ben Baldwin of The Athletic, titles his account "new-age analytical." He joined me for this week's edition of the podcast and we delved into a bunch of stuff that will likely perk your ears up.PodcastYazooArtSquare

After I talk a bit about the Titans-Raiders matchup, I quizzed Ben on several areas where he doesn't buy into old-school, conventional thinking. We start with his belief that Aaron Rodgers has been an average NFL quarterback since 2017 and then move on to much that applies to the Titans.

Do teams really need to run effectively to set up play-action? Do running backs actually wear down offenses over the duration of a game? These are two long-standing football mantras that people think Derrick Henry and the Titans are plugging into, but there is evidence that suggests old beliefs need new thinking.

We also cover the extent to which a quarterback controls his own sack rate, COPE -- completion percentage over expected -- an area where Ryan Tannehill is performing off the charts and how running back production is mostly driven by their environment.

Part 1 of the podcast is available on Apple PodcastsSticher, Spotify and TuneIn as well as directly through the Vokal website. (Please subscribe and offer a nice rating!)

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