Originally Posted by Scooter
i'm not buying the short yardage excuse. as i mentioned earlier, foster's average between the 20's is down a full yard. his first down average is down .2ypc, second down is down .6ypc, and third down is down 2.1ypc. his average to the left is down .9ypc, to the left sideline is down .6ypc. he's missing holes that are there, and he's going down with or before first contact. that has nothing to do with anyone else.
You can't just look at numbers by themselves.
Numbers between the 20 don't mean squat.
If you want to look at numbers, look at:
The times a back carries the ball inside his 3 yard line (not much different here, one more carry this year, but it affects the overall picture a short hair).
Look at the times a back carry the ball near the opponent goal line (4 yard or 3 yard or less).
Look at the times a back Carry the ball trying to make a first down on third and short or fourth and short.
Look at the times a back carry the ball in the fourth quarter when the team has a big lead (turtle mode).
Look at the big plays. Watch those plays.
Did they come about due to good blocking or because the back break a tackle or make a defender miss.
Numbers don't tell you that a defender gets blocked out of a play.
They don't tell you that pursuit was terrible.
They just record the outcome, not how it comes about.