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The NFL's best defensive playcallers heading into the 2020 season

Last week we looked at the best offensive playcallers in the NFL, men that got the most out of their offenses given what we'd expect based on their grades and the grades of their opponents.

[Editor's Note: PFF's advanced statistics and player grades are powered by AWS machine learning capabilities.]

This week I want to talk about defensive playcallers. This is an interesting conversation to have, since it's statistically plain that defense is more than the sum of its parts, and that this dynamic is likely exacerbated, or curbed, by the quality of the playcaller.

Note that we have made some changes to our model since last season, which explains why this list has undergone a slight change since we last wrote about it. There are also different ways to measure success above expectation — for example, is a coordinator better at limiting big plays than he is at limiting success rate? We will talk about those and more below, and we will also give out some season-long bets we like as a result of this analysis.

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