Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Coming up short in short yardage…


The Ravens have struggled to convert on third and fourth and short this season and they’ve looked out of synch and confused when trying. During the 2010 campaign the Ravens have attempted to convert on third and fourth down with 2 or less yards to go 30 times and they’ve been successful just 13 times (43%). They’ve lost yardage on such plays twice and produces no gain on ten tries. Their biggest gain was 23 yards (a connection between Joe Flacco and TJ Houshmandzadeh) and their worst effort, a 14 yard loss at home against the Broncos on fourth and goal. Overall they’ve averaged 1.83 yards on these 30 attempts.

5 comments :

Phil from Frostburg said...

TL, what are the percentages based on a pass or run play? I would guess the success percentage is a lot higher when they run it. And even higher when it's a run up the middle vice an off-tackle run.

Tony Lombardi said...

Phil,

I would have to go back and revisit all of the plays. Most were runs but the 2 most successful plays (16 yards to McClain v. Bills and 23 yards to Housh v. Miami) were passes.

The team really lacks an identity and therefore confidence on 3rd/4th and short.

Harryos29 said...

Dec 1, 2010 Harry OS 29
I have a novel idea: Whenever the Ravens get inside the 20 yard line: I would call for big plays..I.E. passes that have a very good chance to SCORE. This team for whatever reason, has difficulties in the RED ZONE. However, Willis McGahee seems to have a nose for the goal line with what 14 TDS from in close over the past 2 years.
..Here is hoping that CAMERON spoke to JAMES FRANKLIN (TERPS O C) this week and borrowed his Game plan. That win over NC STATE last week was an exciting game; It proves that to win big games you cannot play small ball; YOU MUST BE on the ATTACK for the entire game.

Scott said...

"It proves that to win big games you cannot play small ball; YOU MUST BE on the ATTACK for the entire game."

On the other hand, the Patriots buried the Steeler's defense with nothing but short underneath passes for the entire game. I don't expect Flacco to be able to replicate Brady's efficiency, but it is something to consider.

Jerry B said...

Conservative play calling inside the "Red Zone" has doomed this team all year. Cameron is either afraid to give Flacco some leeway or doesn't have enough confidence in him or both, because they have become very predictable in the "red Zone"!