Using the shadow coverage matrix from Pro Football Focus we took a deep dive into all the shadow coverage matchups in 2020. The first step was to make some eliminations in the data to get a more accurate representation of the notable shadow corners in 2020. In the analysis we did this by using the following criteria:
- The shadow coverage matchup must be for at least 50% of snaps
- AND the opposing shadow corner must have shadowed in at least 4 games in 2020
By using this criteria, it allowed us to eliminate a lot of corners who were either not consistently used as a shadow corner or who weren’t the best cornerbacks on their team. The importance of this is it allows us to better predict impactful shadow coverage matchups in the future by highlighting teams who consistently use shadow coverage week in and week out.
After factoring in these criteria only 11 wide receivers faced at least three notable shadow corners in 2020.Please, blog, may I have some more?