LOL, Our 3rd/4th & short Offense was even more predictable & atrocious than I thought
I'm working on an article for a blog right now, but holy crap, our situational play-calling last year was absolutely horrendous.
Here are some hilarious stats I investigated from last year:
Taking away two meaningless end of 1st half plays in our own territory where we were running out the clock, the 2011 Jets had 59 total plays on 3rd or 4th and 3 or less
- The Jets had a designed pass play on 41 of those 59 plays (69% of the time we wanted to pass versus 31% of the time we ran the ball). The league average is ~55% pass, ~45% run. So much for ground and pound. If only this were the worst part of it all.
- When the Jets wanted to pass the ball, they had a 46.3% success rate, meaning they got a 1st down. When the Jets designed a run call, they had a 77.8% success rate. Why the eff are you passing it twice as much as you are running it then?
- This might be the best part because we all noticed how often they tried to gain only 2 yards on 3rd & 2 and only 3 yards on 3rd & 3... If you take away sacks and scrambles, the Jets had 34 throws on 3rd/4th & short. They threw short on a whopping 27 plays, for an "amazing" first down on 11 of those plays, or a cool 40.7% success rate. 2 of the 11 were thanks to defensive holding or DPI penalties. However, on the rare instance they challenged deep, they were successful on 6 of 7 tries, good for a 85.7% success rate. They drew two defensive holding/DPI penalties on those plays. Sanchez was 4/5 for 85 yds, 2 TDs, and 0 INT. Only 2 of the 7 deep shots were called after Week 7.
I was a bit indifferent about Schotty until the Giants game in Week 16. That was the straw that broke the camel's back for me though. But after looking at this evidence on 3rd/4th and short, I see no way anyone could possibly defend this guy. The play-calling in this scenario is absolutely mind-boggling.