Originally posted by Ninefan56:
Now that we have four games up do you see improvement or stagnation? I have noticed that a lot of games this year start out slow, lots of back and forth and then in the adjustments made at half time then the scores go up radically. Houston has probably been the most consistent team so far in the sense of steadily scoring in each quarter. It seems like in our games it seems that the goal is to wear away on you until the fourth quarter and then we score in a burst and then pound with the ground game.
Huge improvement on 1st down production. HUGE. Anytime you are gaining 4+ yards or more on 1st down 72%, 52%, 61% & 66% of the time you are putting yourself in position to open up the playbook on 2nd and 3rd downs. You are also controlling the clock by moving the chains. It also reduces the importance of the 3rd down %'s b/c you are moving up and down the field...drive fails? You're still in position to kick a FG or pin a team deep.
And this is a monumental improvement from the NFCCG and last year, in general.
But here is where I see the biggest improvement. It's the overall production on 1st downs...for instance, look at half of the first down production in the Jets game. Not only did we have 35 first down chances (huge), we had enormous gains on half
of them: 17, 13, 26, 11, 9, 23, 8, 12, 12, 12, 25, 13 & 9.
Dink-and-dunk WCO passing game? I think not!
Now, I don't know about you but this is pretty remarkable for only 1.25 years in the WCO (it takes three years to install) and we are doing this w/o any real deep packages installed and two new starting WR's.
Naturally, we still have areas we need to become more efficient in but this is very encouraging.
[ Edited by NCommand on Oct 2, 2012 at 7:12 PM ]