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Bears name a director of analytics

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 8:59 p.m. CDT

(MCT) Bears general manager Phil Emery mentioned after last season that he had explored some data STATS made available in evaluating the team.

Now, he has made a member of the STATS team part of his front office. The Bears announced Wednesday that Mitchell Tanney has been hired as the club's director of analytics.

The goal is for Tanney, a former Arena League quarterback and Division III national player of the year runner-up at Monmouth College, to help in player evaluation as well as game situation principles.

Emery cited both STATS and Pro Football Focus when talking about the team's pass blocking in the past season. He mentioned that he had visited with people from STATS to understand their methodology in producing data. Now, he will have someone in house to assist in scouting elements as well as other data.

At STATS, Tanney was the product manager of the company's ICE platform, a system that aligns a team's analytical data and player records to scouting video. According to the release, Tanney also analyzed 30-plus years of historical data to identify key statistical categories that influence game outcomes to create winning formulas for NFL franchises.

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