A better way to evaluate NFL kickers

When you want to find out who the NFL's best kickers are, the tools available to you tend to be pretty crude, with not much more than a record of makes and misses. We all know from watching the games that some kicks are harder than others, but how do we synthesize that into a few easy to understand statistics?

Building a statistical model for field goal kicker accuracy

Here I discuss statistical and logistical details involved in my attempts at modeling kicker talent. This includes model selection as well as a brief history of research. I use some quantitative assessments to compare my approach to previous attempts and it does quite well.