Re: Why yrds given up isn't the most important stat for D's
posted at 9/21/2011 10:46 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Why yrds given up isn't the most important stat for D's
Also, it's waaay to early to get on anyone in the NFL about yards given up. Two games are a miniscule sample. NE AND GB are 31 and 30 in yards ... but they've both played nothing but top 10 yardage teams with somewhat potent offenses. Again ... wait until NE plays some teams that have average offenses and great defenses ... like Pitt and New Jersey (Jests and Gints). Well learn more when the offense isn't scoring 35 points, and the defense is forced to box for its bread.
Posted by zbellino
Excellent point ZB.
If our offense scores on average 30 points per game, and our defense allows on average 21 points per game, then it would seem logical we will win more games than lose...kind of like the regular season last year at 14-2.
Where we run into trouble is with elite defenses....
If we play an elite defense that gives up on average 17 points per game, then our D needs to limit that opponents offense to something less than 17 points. Our D wasn't capable of that last year, and in fact exceeded their average, with no turnovers to boot.
It was a worst case scenario...offense couldn't produce to average, and our D couldn't produce to average + they could'nt record any takeaways. That happened at the worst possible time..the playoffs.
I think when we play a team with an ellite defense, we need to be able to bring pressure on the opposing QB all game long. If we had that capability last year, I highly doubt Sancheeze would have been effective at all. They would have not scored 28 points, and their TOP would be a lot less...plus Sancheeze QB rating would have been abyssmal.
So this "opportunity based defense", "one that keeps the ball in front of them" is fine and dandy, but we need to attack aggresively when pitted against an elite defensive team, or it will be a long day. Our D needs to do better than the other team's D average points allowed or we lose.
Sure yards allowed, 1st downs, QB rating, etc. don't tell the whole story.but this is a game of inches...eventually inches multiply into yards, and yards into scores.