You have likely heard of people referencing “analytics” while watching sports, and that is because it has become a huge part of all major sports recently. It is basically a bunch of data compiled that is then used in all sorts of ways to make decisions. Some teams use it more than others and a recent survey says that the Atlanta Falcons are one of the analytically driven teams.
There is clearly a team that uses analytics more than anyone, according to this survey, but the Falcons were also seen as an analytics-driven team by other analytic staffers around the league.
The Atlanta Falcons are seen as one of the league’s most analytical teams
ESPN conducted a survey where they polled people who work as analytic analysts by different NFL teams to see who is viewed as the most analytically advanced, who produces the highest level of analytics work, and the teams that incorporate analytics into their decisions the most. The Atlanta Falcons were one of the few teams who were voted in each of those three categories. They also make sure to note that they were not allowed to vote for their team.
Looking at the article, no team is more analytical than the Cleveland Browns. They ranked first, by a wide margin, in each of the sections. After that came the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens. Those three teams were the only teams to receive numerous votes in each area.
The Atlanta Falcons received one vote in each area and tied for fourth in being the team that produces the highest level of analytic work and that is the most analytically advanced.
Then there was another survey where that asked which NFL teams are among the most analytically inclined, and once again, the Atlanta Falcons were voted for by one person. But this section had 21 teams that received at least one vote, so the Falcons weren’t as unique.
Watching the Falcons, there hasn’t been anything that clearly says they are one of the more analytical teams but these are the experts on the subject, so trust their judgment.