Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
to be fair, they certainly don't tell the whole story. I mean, the offensive efficiency stat just basically says that we score on short fields. I think the defensive efficiency is more telling, in terms of quantifying the "bend but don't break" idea, but even that doesn't seem like an accurate predictor of future results.
YPPA is a very simple way of measuring one type of efficiency, and for that it is effective. I mean, I don't think anyone would take our offense over New Englands--but its kind of cool to say that we have a better offense than them.
But at the same time, it means our offense takes advantage of the short field provided to them by defense (and special teams). So many great defenses didn't have an offense that could take advantage of such situations - so I think it does say quite a bit about our offense. But yea, our offense is obviously not better than New England, and I believe efficiency is also the wrong word to use. I'd call our offense most "opportunist" in the league.
Anyway, this a good find. This is why we're 5-1, we defend like a top defense when it matters, and we play like a good offense when we have to.
well put. "efficient" would imply to me that you don't turn the ball over, turn takeaways into points, convert third downs, score in the red zone, etc. We're good on most of those things but not all. We're pretty bad overall on third down. I think "opportunist" is apt.
i think this stat just clearly states what we've all seen already, but it is useful in explaining our team and their success to people who think its a mirage or a fluke or something. Talking heads probably won't take notice of something like this, but it would be less frustrating if they did.