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This year, I think how many offensive snaps we take is crucial. Personally, w/no way to prove it, I think that this is one of the reasons that Miles hired Cameron. Not the only one, but one of the reasons.
I think he understands that we have to move the chains to help the D and that if we don't open up the O, it will cost us in the win column in the short run and recruiting; which hurts us in the long run.
Is there one stat that you pay particular attention to?
run:pass ratio for the game, run:pass ratio on 1st down, YPA for the whole game, YPA on 1st down.
If you are staying balanced on 1st down, that's going to give your OL time to protect and the ability to have a fair fight against defensive fronts in that they won't be able to stack the box.
But that's only if your'e actually successful on 1st down. Which is where the YPA stat comes from. YPA is the best indicator of how effective your passing game is. Measuring it on 1st down will give you an idea of who effective you are in the passing game, which means you don't face stacked boxes on 1st down, which allows you to run more effectively on early downs, etc.
Its all about winning down-and-distance on 1st and 2nd down. If you're doing that, then you can really loosen defenses up with "chunk plays" on 3rd downs mixed in when you have shorter down-and-distance to deal with on your money down and its time to convert.
Once you're able to utilzie your chunk plays (typically pass plays that intend to gain 10-15 yards) throughout the downs, then a defense is truly at your mercy. They're either sending the dog and you've got a man open (typically on a seam which means its a back or TE) or they're running basic, vanilla defenses, and your superior conditioning and superior athletes can win the day in concert with your ability to execute thanks to repetition.
Just my $0.02...
DST, good comments. I feel very much the same way in that first down efficiency is key to any O. First down effectiveness makes the entire O more flexible, and allows the entire playbook to be utilized. Obviously, it should also cut down or eliminate the dreaded three and outs, a D's worst nightmare. A defense that is just coming off the field, whether after a successful stop of the opponents O or a score, needs to have time to catch it's breath, adjust to what the offense is doing, and strategize. A three and out completely thwarts that scenario and forces a tired defense to take the field again.
Focus! Focus! Focus! It'll best the most important word regarding this offense. Execution! Execution! Execution! It'll be the 2nd most important word regarding this offense.
Finally, "How good of a chess player is Cam Cameron?".
"Without a struggle, there can be no progress." — Frederick Douglass
Starting defensive ends that go all out on ALL plays wether we are playing Wolfford or Alabama.
Purge bad attitude players from the team. Juniors? Advise them to declare for the draft wether it is in their best interest or not if they are of the "entitled" mindset. No one is entitled. You are only as good as what you can do for the team today or tomorrow. What you did last week is gone. It is over. Never rest on your laurels.
Or conversely it could be the number of plays we have to defense and the stats associated with that. Defense wins games so defensive stats are more important.
I am with D14 here.
I believe whole-heartedly that defense wins football games. This is actually why I think that the number of O snaps we get per game is a telling stat for the D. We could/should have beaten Bama despite 2 easy scoring drives by them at the end of each half.
They ran something like 45 plays to our 70 (don't remember the number).
I think moving the chains will do more for our defense than anything as I don't know that we'll see that lopsided turnover ratio again like we had 2 years ago, for a long time.
Keeping the ball, will help us close out games and keep experienced QB's off the field.
Can't prove it, but that's what I think Miles is thinking. I think it contributed to his hiring of Cameron. Also, running up-tempo distributes the ball and gives LSU more scoring chances but it allows more players to get touches. Does a lot for both harmony in the locker room and for recruiting.
I don't often think like Miles. I don't even wear a hat for instance; but I think we're on the same page this time.
More offensive plays of course.
Does that mean that poor attitude defensive players who declaired for the draft early cannot be on the field?
It also means that the opposing offense is not on the field.
I am a man! I am 50! To paraphrase a coach at OK State. I put the team before the individual. That is the enigma. How do we change the kid's mindset from the Orlando Magic and Michigan Fab Five individualistic mindset to team first mindset? Can we?
TigerRanch and I are about the same age and socioeconomic level. We agree on a whole lot. How do we foster a team first attitude? More questions than answers here.
I think the post is about meaningful stats.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you talking about individual attitudes and maybe team culture.
New season. Each team has its own identity. Hopefully, the me-first guys moved on. Not being in the locker room, I don't know how much of Montgomery's statements applied to the team. But, there was drop off, or so it appeared, in the last four games of the season on the def. side of the ball.
Daigle has an excellent point, and his viewpoint is appreciated.
If we don't clear up his concern, the rest of those stats are meaningless.
At the end of the day, only one stat matters: W-L.
Granted, after Montgomery's interview, it became a real concern for most fans.
I believe that it was a real concern for coaches at the end of the season to the point that they were relieved about some Jr.'s moving on.
I don't know that the coaches anticipate the same attitudes/problems with this years team. There may not be anything to clear up.
I agree that attitude is more important than any stat as it will determine the stats.
Your post would be a good topic for discussion.
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