Bears analytics guru Mitch Tanney hired by Broncos – Chicago Tribune
One of the Chicago Bears’ analytics guys has left. The Denver Broncos announced that they have hired Mitch Tanney as director of football analytics, a new position the organization has created under team president John Elway. Tanney will be responsible for analyzing data in terms of player evaluations as well as situational decisions made by the coaching staff. That’s a similar description to what he did for the Bears over the previous two years after former general manager Phil Emery hired him.
Tanney was with the Bears at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis last month. Prior to working for the Bears, he was a manager of football products and sports analytics for STATS LLC. Tanney was a quarterback at Monmouth College and the runner-up for Division III Player of the Year honors in 2005.Emery connected with Tanney in the past at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.“He is going to help us in analyzing (veteran) player statistical information to compare and contrast with other players in the league,” Emery told the Tribune when Tanney was hired. “He will help us in analyzing future prospects with all the various statistical information each player presents — performance scores on the field, medical scores, background testing and psychological profiling. He will dial down the important information and make it clear how it relates to performance.”New Bears general manager Ryan Pace was asked about the role of analytics in his introductory press conference in January. “I look at analytics as a tool in our toolbox to better evaluate players,” Pace said. “It’s just another tool. I don’t want you guys thinking that I’m some Moneyball GM, that’s not me. But analytics is important. It’s important, so it definitely will be blended into our scouting process.”firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter @BradBiggs Copyright © 2015, Chicago Tribune – Click Here To Visit Article Source