Originally Posted by tupperware
I just had to chime in from my posting absence to say this.
The Redskins have a worse pass defense than we do according to yards per game. Also, they sack the opposing QB less than we do so it's not due to lack of pass rush. They also have triple the INTs we do. How is it though, they sack the QB even less than we do and still have so many more INTs? I thought the problem with our secondary was due to a lack of pass rush?
Makes you wonder..
no it doesnt
this is statistics in a nutshell
you can always point to a team that able to do something that goes against the norm, that does not mean the thing is not true
when you run multiple variables in a post-hoc manner, these sort of "exceptions" are the expectation not the exception
any person who deals with statistics in the context of large databases will agree with me
when you factor in the fact that many of our "measures" of success or failure are not validated, there is a lot of error in the system
that is partly why statistics get a bad name because people interpreting them can make them "say" whatever fits their agenda (pre-conceived notion or bias)
i know this will get under the skin of a lot of "statisticians" on this board, but its true