Panthers hire a director of analytics from Eagles staff

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Panthers owner David Tepper promised he was going to do things differently.

And he’s hired for a position the Panthers have never employed.

Via the team website, the Panthers have hired former Eagles staffer Taylor Rajack as their first director of football analytics.

The 27-year-old, MIT-educated Rajack has spent the last five years with the Eagles.

“Working there, we were very well researched in every decision we made. Trying to gain that edge,” Rajack said. “We wanted to understand the risks and understand the expectation with any decision to make smarter choices. Why would you ignore information that’s out there? It’s the idea of bringing all the pieces together.

“In Philadelphia, we became identified as one of the more analytically inclined teams. That paved the way for me to get here and start something new.”

The Panthers have had some people on staff dabbling in analytics, but Tepper made an emphasis of adding there, consistent with his whatever-it-takes approach to helping his football team.

5 responses to “Panthers hire a director of analytics from Eagles staff

  1. Good team to model yourself after. As an Eagles fan, I’m disappointed in the executive losses we’ve taken this offseason.

  2. As a self-acknowledged “numbers man” who has earned a huge fortune in money management, it makes perfect sense for the new owner of the Panthers to hire an MIT stats/analytics guy with a huge brain. After reading the guest article in Peter King’s column the other day written by Collingsworth and some of the team discussing stats and analytics, I can see that the days of not having a team stat analyst(s) are most likely coming to an end.

  3. TheDPR says:
    June 20, 2019 at 10:51 am
    Good team to model yourself after. As an Eagles fan, I’m disappointed in the executive losses we’ve taken this offseason.

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    Disappointed in who? Successful organizations are always gonna get raided because everybody wants to advance. And good teams can’t make everybody GM or Director of Player Personnel.

    Just take this hiring as yet another sign that they’re doing things the right way and know that they’ll continue to do so, and probably had a successor in mind long before this guy ever got plucked.

  4. If this guy was a Patriot , Kraft and BB would be tackling him at the airport or having him arrested. Those guys are like the mafia.

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