Philadelphia Eagles Must Re-Establish Home Field Advantage
by Jerome's Friend
Originally published June 4, 2013 on HighPhive.com.
Really, this headline could apply to any team in Philadelphia. Hell, any team in the country. But if Doug Collins, the recently re-allocated former 76ers head coach, did one thing right, it was to instill his desire to establish a presence on home court. “We don’t lose two in a row at home,” he said. While this mantra focused a bit on the negative (why not simply say, “We will win at home”), the message was received. The 76ers were not a team that played well anywhere, but improvement needed to start at the Wells Fargo Center, and it did. Chip Kelly inherits a Philadelphia Eagles team in a similar situation. His Eagles have not played well, and in order to turn things around, Kelly needs to re-establish a strong home presence.
I recently examined the factors that contribute to home field advantage (HFA) in the NFL and found that HFA is impacted by team success, offensive efficiency (which includes penalties), and turnovers. These factors can affect the home crowd, and the home crowd, in turn, can have an effect on these factors. (Note: this is a recommended read if you want more detail about the results discussed here.) Read more…