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Vikings pro scout Scott Kuhn adds Director of Analytics to his title

By Andrew Krammer

The Vikings now have a football job with the word ‘analytics’ in the title.

Pro scout Scott Kuhn will add Director of Analytics to his duties, the team announced on Thursday. Anne Doepner has also been promoted to Director of Football Administration. Since 2009, Doepner has worked on player contract compliance with the Vikings. Kuhn is entering his 10th season in Minnesota and was already involved in the team’s analytical endeavors.

The NFL is the last major American pro sport to jump on the analytics train. And while prominent Vikings coaches like Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner scoff at the accuracy of player evaluation sites like Pro Football Focus, general manager Rick Spielman continues to buy into their own form of number crunching. Spielman has increasingly involved advanced statistical analysis for the NFL Draft. Given Kuhn is one of two pro scouts, the Vikings have likely used such tools for Sunday preparation and in-game decision making.

One unique aspect about the Vikings’ promotion of Kuhn is he’s a football guy, having started in 2000 as a player personnel intern. The data dudes will tell you it’s of the utmost importance to have a statistician who can speak the coach’s language, otherwise there’s little buy-in or meaningful translation.

In February, Spielman said they took another step this offseason toward embracing the numbers, citing “guys a lot smarter than me” who created different algorithms. Prior to this year’s draft, the wise guys at least included a professor from Columbia University.

Spielman has credited analytics as a tiebreaker on the draft board, pointing to two recent third-round picks in Jerick McKinnon and Danielle Hunter as players the data urged them to draft.

The post Vikings pro scout Scott Kuhn adds Director of Analytics to his title appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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