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What's YACo got to do with it?

Yards After Contact and nine other stats you need to know

Updated: July 17, 2010, 5:25 PM ET
By Christopher Harris | ESPN.com

Psst. Hey, football. Guess what?

The numbers geeks are coming for you.

We've seen this movie play out in baseball. As Bill James and his inheritors introduced more and more compelling metrics to decipher what makes a successful player and a successful team, the old guard -- consisting of ex-players, scouts and traditional media members frankly too lazy to learn anything new -- cajoled and mocked, fretted that the geeks were taking over their sport, made big productions ...

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