Seth Emerson has an interesting quote ($$) from Jim Chaney:
… When the Georgia offensive coordinator was asked about generating more explosive plays, he cited last year’s stats: “Run game is 12 yards or more (to be considered explosive). Pass game is 16 yards or more. We were 1 out of 6.7 plays in explosive last year, if I remember right. That’s not bad. That’s pretty good for me.”
You know me — that’s the kind of thing that gets me digging a little at cfbstats.com. Unfortunately, I can’t quite get the numbers to align with Chaney’s metrics, but, still, here’s my dive:
- Number of plays: 670 rushing; 305 passing; 975 total
- Long scrimmage plays: 218 of 10+ yards; 89 of 20+ yards
- Long rushing plays: 115 of 10+ yards; 47 of 20+ yards
- Long passing plays: 103 of 10+ yards; 42 of 20+ yards
That works out to one of roughly 4.5 plays going for ten or more yards and one of about every 7.5 plays for 20 or more yards.
For shits and giggles, a comparison to last year’s gold standard, Oklahoma, shows the Sooners hitting 10 or more yards once out of about 3.5 plays and one out of about every 8.5 plays going for 20 or more yards.
In other words, Mr. Chaney’s entitled to feel pleased.