Sabermetrics seem to be permeating the world of football, as well.
The Ravens announced Monday that they have hired Sandy Weil as their director of football analytics.
According to a release from the team, Weil will work with the Ravens' player personnel department and coaching staff to produce and study in-depth data pertaining to game trends, statistical analysis, NFL scouting and player production.
Charged with examining some of the league's prevailing schools of thought, Weil's studies could cover everything from the value of going for a first down on fourth-and-short, to determining the traits that are key indicators of success for an NFL prospect.
"We're always looking for confirmation on things we think we know and insights that could provide an edge for us in personnel and coaching," general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "This is where Sandy will help us.
"Like developing your team, it's a work in progress. As Sandy learns more about what we do, and we learn more about what he can do with all this information, his role and impact will increase. I'm excited to see where this leads and how it develops."
Prior to joining the Ravens, Weil worked as an NBA statistical consultant and data structure designer. He consulted with the San Antonio Spurs, analyzing the STATS SportVU Player Tracking data and advised STATS on ideas to make SportVU information more useable at the team level. Weil also presented several cutting-edge research papers at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, spanning a variety of sports-related topics.
Prior to his Baltimore arrival, Weil was a full-time senior energy analyst and product manager for Ascend Analytics in Boulder, Colo. At Ascend, he worked with clients and developers to support client needs with respect to the company's simulation engine for valuing assets of utilities. Prior to that, he worked for the investment bank Bear Stearns on its derivatives trading desk.
Weil earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Yale University and a computational finance master's from Carnegie Mellon.