Leading the way for his pass-resistant LOB brothers in 2013, Sherman finished first in the league with 8 interceptions3. He contributed to the Seahawks' achievement of fewest passing yards allowed in the NFL2. Amongst a host of other accomplishments, Sherman closed out the 2013 season by earning his first Super Bowl ring.
Sherman's success is no accident. In addition to his uncompromising work ethic (with regard to the physical components of the game), the Stanford graduate includes hours of detailed analysis in his pre-game regimen. On a special segment of ESPN's show NFL Turning Point, Dan Patrick shared an interview where Sherman describes the importance of detailed analysis.
"... I'm a decent athlete, but my tape study and meticulous attention to detail are what makes me a good ball player ...”
Sherman went on to describe that his analysis includes calling cornerbacks from other teams. He consults with these defensive backs to better understand their personal experience with receivers he will soon face.
While Sherman places great emphasis on analysis before the game, his ability to conduct on the field, game-time analysis and make adjustments is equally impressive. In a special appearance on ESPN’s First Take, Ryan Clark acknowledged this ability. Clark explained that Sherman (and his teammates) studied before the game to understand what the Denver Broncos were likely to do in the Super Bowl. He also described how they were able to make assessments (during the game) to “catch on” to some of the audible calls1.
As business analysis practitioners, we certainly appreciate the analytical style of Richard Sherman and his LOB brothers. In addition to conducting a sort of pre-game analysis, we too must be able to conduct game-time analysis and make adjustments, where needed. For example, it is important for practitioners to understand stakeholders early on. Whether by talking to the actual stakeholder, consulting with other practitioners who have worked with them, or some other method, we need to understand certain things about our stakeholders, including (but not limited to) the stakeholder's
- Expectations of a solution
- Anticipated level of involvement with the initiative
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2 Pompei, Dan (2014-01-17). "Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom Is Pure, Old-School Football at Its Finest". Bleacher Report.
3"NFL Player Defense Statistics - 2013, Passes Intercepted Leaders". ESPN. 2013-12-30.