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Playcalling and Production: Miami v. Denver---1st Half

 

Hey guys, what a win against those Dolphins huh?  One common complaint and theme in the message boards has been the play calling of our offensive coordinator.  What I’m going to do from now until the end of the season is break down our offensive play calling and production into numbers that we can all discuss.  I hope that we can all use these numbers and our discussions to develop more informed opinions about what we think is working, not working, what needs to change etc.  This will also provide some data for how our offense is developing together with Tim Tebow at quarterback.  BTW if someone wanted to do a defensive version of this weekly write-up I think that would be cool too!   

So basically I will present two write-ups per game.  One for the first half, and one for the second half (this will include final numbers from both halves).  One reason is to chop this down---there is a lot of data here and I don’t want anyones’ head to explode.  Another reason is to see what trends we can find during both halves of the game so that we can compare and contrast just exactly what might be going on with adjustments as the game progresses.  The first half write-up will go up the night the game was played and the second half write-up will go up the following day. 

Again what I’m presenting is nothing more than number crunching, the real analysis and opinions will come in the comment thread.  BTW since this will be a weekly fanpost, if you would like for me to work on a different format that is easier to understand just let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best.  Also if you wanted me to include something else in the analysis just let me know---and by all means do some digging on your own.  We all see things from different analytic perspectives and we all have something that we can add.  Onward with part 1 Dolphins v. Broncos 1st half!!!

- Plays in bold represent first down plays.

- The number next to the play is the amount of yardage gained for the play. 

- Once a first down has been gained, the subsequent play is included on a new line—just makes it easier to see what play calls were made on what downs. 

- Sacks count against passing yardage.  Though sacks count against passing yardage, it does not affect the play-call number---a sack was originally was a pass play.

- Scrambles count for running yardage.  Though scrambles count for running yardage, it does not affect the play-call number---a scramble was still originally a pass play. 

- Percentages in the breakdown are rounded to the closest number. 

1ST QUARTER

Drive 1

run 3, pass 0, run 5, punt

 

2 runs (8)

1 pass (0)

8 total yards

 

Drive 2

run 8, run 6 first down

pass--scramble 13 first down

run -1, pass--scramble 1, pass 7, punt

 

3 runs (27) (2 scrambles for 14 yds)

3 passes (7)

34 total yards

 

Drive 3

run 3, run 12 first down,

run  -2, pass 1, pass---sacked -4,  missed FG

 

3 runs (13)

2 passes (-3) (1 sack for -4 yds)

10 total yards

 

Breakdown:

8 runs (48) (2 scrambles for 14 yds)

6 passes (4) (1 sack for -4 yds)

Runs/percentage of calls

1st down: 5/6 (83%)

2nd down: 2/5 (40%)

3rd down: 1/3 (33%)

Passes/percentage of calls

1st down: 1/6 (17%)

2nd down: 3/5 (60%)

3rd down: 2/3 (67%)

 

Analysis:

There were 14 total plays run by the Bronco offense.  8 runs and 6 passes netted a total of 52 yards.  The Bronco offense accounted for 3 first downs, all on rushes (one was a called pass play that turned into a scramble).  1 first down was converted on 1st down, 2 first downs were converted on 2nd down.  The Broncos were 0-3 on third down.  The average yardage gained on 1st down was 4 yards (6 plays 24 yds), the average yardage gained on 2nd down was 4 yards (5 plays 20 yards), the average yardage gained on 3rd down was 2.7 yards (3 plays for 8 yards).  The average yardage to convert on 3rd down was 9.3 yards.  There were 4 negative or short gains (3 yards or less) accounted for on 1st down (.75 yards per play average on these plays), there were 3 negative or short gains accounted for on 2nd down (.67 yards per play average on these plays), there was 1 negative play on 3rd down that accounted for -4 yards (sack).

 

2ND QUARTER

Drive 5

run 4, pass 16 first down

run 12 first down

run 13 first down

run 6, run 3, run 0, missed FG

 

6 runs (38)

1 pass (16)

54 total yards

 

Drive 6

run 0, pass 0, pass 0 first down---roughing the passer (15)

run 8 FUMBLE

 

2 runs (8)

2 passes (0)

8 total yards

 

Drive 7

run 5, pass---scramble 21 first down

pass---sacked -8, run 4, pass---sacked -6, punt

 

2 runs (30) (1 scramble for 21 yds)

3 passes (-14) (2 sacks for -14 yds)

16 total yards

 

Breakdown:

10 runs (76) (1 scramble for 21 yds)

6 passes (2) (2 sacks for -14 yds)

Runs/percentage of calls

1st down: 7/8 (88%)

2nd down: 2/5 (40%)

3rd down: 1/3 (33%)

Passes/percentage of calls

1st down: 1/8 (12%)

2nd down: 3/5 (60%)

3rd down: 2/3 (67%)

 

Analysis:

There were 16 total plays run by the Bronco offense.  10 runs and 6 passes netted a total of 78 yards.  The Bronco offense accounted for 5 first downs, 3 on rushes (one was a called pass play that turned into a scramble), 2 on passes (one was a roughing the passer penalty).  2 first downs were converted on 1st down, 2 first downs were converted on 2nd down.  The Broncos were 0-3 on third down---though the roughing penalty was on 3rd down.  The average yardage gained on 1st down was 5 yards (8 plays 40 yds), the average yardage gained on 2nd down was 8.8 yards (5 plays 44 yards), the average yardage gained on 3rd down was -2 yards (3 plays for -6 yards).  The average yardage to convert on 3rd down was 8.3 yards.  There were 2 negative or short gains (3 yards or less) accounted for on 1st down (-4 yards per play average on these plays), there were 2 negative or short gains accounted for on 2nd down (1.5 yards per play average on these plays), there were 2 negative or short gains accounted for on 3rd down (-3 yards per play average on these plays. 

 

First half Break Down

Breakdown:

18 runs (124) (3 scrambles for 35 yds)

12 passes (6) (3 sacks for -18 yds, 1 roughing penalty for 15 yards)

Runs/percentage of calls

1st down: 12/14 (86%)

2nd down: 4/10 (40%)

3rd down: 2/6 (33%)

Passes/percentage of calls

1st down: 2/14 (14%)

2nd down: 6/10 (60%)

3rd down: 4/6 (67%)

 

Analysis:

There were 30 total plays run by the Bronco offense.  18 runs and 12 passes netted a total of 130 yards.  The Bronco offense accounted for 8 first downs, 6 on rushes (two were called pass plays that turned into scrambles), 2 on passes (one was a roughing the passer penalty).  3 first downs were converted on 1st down, 4 first downs were converted on 2nd down.  The Broncos were 0-3 on third down---though the roughing penalty was on 3rd down.  The average yardage gained on 1st down was 4.6 yards (14 plays 64 yds), the average yardage gained on 2nd down was 6.4 yards (10 plays 64 yards), the average yardage gained on 3rd down was .33 yards (6 plays for 2 yards).  The average yardage to convert on 3rd down was 8.8 yards.  There were 6 negative or short gains (3 yards or less) accounted for on 1st down (.67 yards per play average on these plays), there were 5 negative or short gains accounted for on 2nd down (1 yards per play average on these plays), there were 3 negative or short gains accounted for on 3rd down (-3.5 yards per play average on these plays). 

 

Like I said, the only analysis given is a number breakdown.  Let’s use these to form some opinions on what works and what doesn’t work, what isn’t being done and what should be done with the play calling and situations as this offense moves forward with Tebow at the helm.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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