Lexington High School graduate Mitch Tanney has been hired by the Chicago Bears as the club’s director of analytics, it was announced Wednesday.
Bears general manager Phil Emery mentioned after last season that he had explored data made available by STATS LLC in evaluating the team. Now, he’s made a member of the STATS team, Tanney, part of his front office.
The goal is for Tanney to help in player evaluation as well as game-situation principles. Tanney has plenty of football experience. After a stellar prep career at Lexington, he thrived as a quarterback for Monmouth College, being named a Division III All-American and setting numerous school passing records before being surpassed by his younger brother, Alex.
Mitch Tanney also played quarterback in the Arena Football League as well as for the Bloomington Extreme of the Indoor Football League. Prior to that, he played overseas in 2006 for the Limhamn Griffins in Sweden.
At STATS, Tanney was the product manager of the company’s ICE platform, a system that aligns a team’s analytical data and player records to scouting video. Tanney also analyzed years of historical data to identify key statistical categories that influence game outcomes.
STATS, with headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, labels itself as the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company.
Emery cited both STATS and Pro Football Focus when talking about the team’s pass blocking in the past season. He mentioned that he had visited with people from STATS to understand their methodology in producing data. Now, he’ll have Tanney in house to assist in scouting elements as well as other data.