Originally Posted by GP
Factor our penalties into that. A made-up example:
1st and 10: Gain 5 yards, gets called back for holding.
1st and 20: Gain 10 yards.
2nd and 10: Gain 6 yards.
3rd and 4: Gain 4 yards.
1st and 10: Gain 8 yards.
2nd and 2: Gain 3 yards.
1st and 10: Illegal hands to face of a defensive lineman, -5 yards.
1st and 15: Gain 7 yards.
2nd and 8: Gain 8 yards.
And the clock keeps rolling. We go forward, then back....then forward...clock keeps ticking. Penalties extend our T.O.P. because the clock ran during a holding penalty or illegal hands to the face.
Then we stall and kick a FG or punt.
There are a lot of factors that explain stats. For every stat, there is a lot going on around that stat that must be critiqued.
T.O.P. is not a good indicator of the efficiency of an offense, IMO. It's what you end up with on the scoreboard that matters. That's the only stat that matters.
12-4 should be the only indicator for you then, because that's all that matters.
Thank you for understanding the concept.