As popular as it might be, professional football in America is greatly misunderstood. At its core it is a great dance, a dizzying ballet of millions of variables all clashing together through the course of a game, a season, an era. It is both brutally simple and wildly complex at the same time.
These two models were created in its honor, and to help illustrate of the more intangible forces at play in the game. The first model shows the cascading higher-order goals at play. The second is a basic mechanical feedback loop applied to the game, hinting at the complexities involved in both game and season management.