Re: Some Numbers I Found Interesting
posted at 10/25/2013 12:34 PM EDT
In response to TheTinMan's comment:
From the game last Sunday against the Jets.
(numbering indicates which possession for the Pats, followed by whether the drive included any running plays and the result of the drive)
1 rushing TD
2 no rushing punt
3 rushing TD
4 no rushng punt
5 rushing punt
6 no rushing INT
7 rushing punt
8 rushing punt
9 rushing punt
10 rushing FG
11 rushing Punt
12 rushing FG
13 no rushing Punt
when 1st play was pass: 9 of 13 possessions, 5 3 and out, 1 led to score
when 1st play was rush: 4 of 13 possessions, 1 3 and out, 3 led to score
Pats had 5 possessions that began in 3rd quarter. On three of these possessions (6, 8 and 9 in the list), Pats attempted to throw on 1st play of the possession. Brady was sacked all three times.
Of the 4 possessions where there was no rushing at all, the offense came up with -7 points.
Maybe Josh can try to remember that the running game is important.
McDaniels is not as good an OC as people thought. That has become obvious. Without the weapons of 2007 he does not know how to call a good game.
Some of your stats are quite misleading (for example the "no rushing" that ended in an INT was a two play drive).
On of the things in my mind that makes a good NFL OC, is the willingness to pass and first down, but if that is incomplete still be will to run on 2-and-10 (or second and long in general). Against the Jets, the Patriots had 19 second downs with 7 or more to go. They passed on 15 of them and two of the runs were after sacks in their own end of the field (2-and-17 from their own 3 yard-line and 2-and-16 from their own 14 yard line). Too predictable.