Re: A big step in the right direction
posted at 9/23/2013 12:24 PM EDT
In response to Harvey-Wallbanger's comment:
In response to BostonSportsFan111's comment:
Here is why yards allowed is such a horrible statistic to rank a defense on. The Pats defense played very well yesterday. Until the Bucs final drive, thay had only given up 3 points and about 250 total yards. The Bucs got the ball at their own 7 after the Pats turned it over on downs with 4 or 5 minutes left and the score 23-3. The Pats go into prevent so the Bucs wont score quickly, and the Bucs drive to the Pats 17, adding 76 yards to their total, giving them 325 for the game. Those yards are totally meaningless, they have zero impact on the game. Do they mean the defense played worse? Last year the Pats had big leads in many of the games. They gave up a ton of yards while playing prevent after they got the big lead. But they got hammered all season for being a bottom 5 'overall' defense, despite being in the top 10 in points allowed.
Of course it is. It's why Babe and Pezzy are morons running around here for the last few years talking about "ranked D!" Ranked! lmao
The Steelers were AWFUL last year in creating turnovers and they were "ranked #1
or some crap. Just how good is a D that is a .500 team and now sucks at 0-3?
No one cares about yards allowed in the air, especially any yards in a prevent with a lead.
The yards are directly related to the extremely poor 3rd down conversion percentage and a record # of 20+, 30+, 40+, passing completions.
It's fine to sit back and waste time when it is the last possession with a 20 point lead, but that was not always the case as evidenced by the closer games and loses with huge chunks of yardage being given up.
See SBs 42 & 46. Lack of 3rd down stops and long completions and inability to get off the field, limiting possessions, limited their own offense and this is not even disputable.
When asked, yesterday, how to beat the Pats; the answer was "keep TB on the bench."
This is done by keeping the D on the field. The good teams can do this, easily. The bad teams don't matter much, because they can't. It's all relative.