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#1 Rhys

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 04:27 PM

I was reading an article by Michael Lombardi this afternoon and came across this strange statistic in which we were tied for 9th in the league last season.

rushing attempts + passing completions

I always review how many rushing attempts and pass completions a team amassed after each game. To me, this statistic is symbolic of a team's ability to execute in each aspect of its offense. Here are last year's top performers:

2009 rushes and completions

Patriots, 856
Saints, 846
Vikings, 844
Dolphins, 840
Texans, 824
Jets, 817
Packers, 795
Bengals, 791
Ravens, 789
Panthers, 789

What's interesting about this statistic is that eight of the top 12 went to the playoffs last season. From another perspective, it indicates which teams can operate their offense effectively. There are exceptions. The Eagles are toward the bottom, but are a great quick-strike offense (scores on drives of less than four plays), which is why they led the league in that statistic.

Therefore, this season when reviewing the statistics after each game, do as many in the NFL do and add these two numbers together and see which team wins.


http://www.nfl.com/n...-camps-approach

In all fairness this could simply be attributed to our tireless running game and nothing more, but it is an interesting stat nonetheless and makes you wonder if our offense is more formidable than analysts make it seem. Hmmm...

Edited by Rhys, 12 July 2010 - 04:38 PM.
bolded some important text in the quote


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Posted 12 July 2010 - 05:59 PM

Were they including Delhomme's passes to the opposition as complete?

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 06:03 PM

Were they including Delhomme's passes to the opposition as complete?


:lol:

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 06:06 PM

Were they including Delhomme's passes to the opposition as complete?


Count those and we're in first place ;)

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 06:09 PM

since coming into the league in 1995,the panthers are 2nd in defensive take a ways only behind the new england patriots

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 06:13 PM

If these stats can stay the same or get a little better and our defense stays consistent, we might just be on the verge of a great year.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 06:21 PM

since coming into the league in 1995,the panthers are 2nd in defensive take a ways only behind the new england patriots


Since October 2002, on Sundays following a holiday in the early Fall, when the temperature is between 55-67 degrees Fahrenheit 3 and a half hours before kickoff, the Panthers (1 stop) are second behind the Colts (2 stops) for the most defensive stops on third down after 2 consecutive draw plays between the 36-42 yard line of the opposing team. :D

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 06:56 PM

If these stats can stay the same or get a little better and our defense stays consistent, we might just be on the verge of a great year.


Retract that statement immediately. Optimism about this season is strictly prohibited here.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 07:04 PM

yeah, I was trying to think of something to counter it, but the blood left my brain.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 09:59 PM

if you are trying to measure a team's "ability to execute," don't you think you should, at a minimum, measure rushing attempts for positive yardage, or rushing attempts for say 3.3+ yards (average required to reach a first down when running three downs in a row), rather than just rushing attempts?

according to lombardi's logic, a team that did nothing but run the ball would have the highest "ability to execute" out of any team in the league. seems like amateur hour in the stats dept to me.