The Offense's Secret Weapon

Discussion in 'Vols Football' started by Tar Volon, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. Tar Volon

    Tar Volon Me Blog

    is Evan Berry.

    JayVols has been doing awesome work in the film session thread explaining why our offense doesn't work like it should. That's not in my skill set, so I took an advanced stats look at what (in a global sense--think "big plays" or "staying ahead of the chains" or "red zone," rather than the position group that stands out) our offense actually does well. The link, for those so inclined:
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2016
  2. govols182

    govols182 Honorary Mod

    Short field makes it easier you say...
  3. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Put Custom Title Here

    That's ****ing crazy talk.
  4. Tar Volon

    Tar Volon Me Blog

    I know, I'm a genius.

    The thing that I thought was interesting is that, along with avoiding turnovers and three-and-outs, it was one of the only things the offense was actually good at. I knew it had flaws, but I figured there was going to be something the offense was doing that was semi-consistently driving yards and points. And the answer might be "whatever we were doing in the first quarter and then stopped doing," but that doesn't come out in full-game metrics because we stopped doing it. But over full games, the answer is pretty much just that our drives were decently successful because we had great field position and didn't turn it over, not because the offense was particularly good at explosive plays or staying ahead of the chains or any of that.
  5. justingroves

    justingroves supermod

    I thought this was going to be about Tyler Byrd and getting him more touches
  6. JayVols

    JayVols Walleye Catchin' Moderator

    I loved the article, personally. Numbers do not lie.
  7. ptclaus98

    ptclaus98 Contributor

    It would take forever but I wonder what our playcalling looks like on the shorter drives compared to the longer ones. Or what our yards per play looks like with a short field.
  8. A-Smith

    A-Smith Chieftain

    Good write up. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed it as always.
  9. chavisut

    chavisut Dan Mullen Fan Club President

    Looks smooth.
  10. Tar Volon

    Tar Volon Me Blog

    Success rate was 100% against VT. . .
  11. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    Recall the sort of mixed-purpose back that transferred into TN from Cincy (last year?) - wouldn't Berry be a significant upgrade from what Jones must know that he needs, and what he must have been looking for that guy to provide?

    Why isn't Berry playing on offense as TV suggests?
  12. JayVols

    JayVols Walleye Catchin' Moderator

  13. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Put Custom Title Here

    Because he is a ****ing idiot.
  14. IP

    IP Advanced Pruitt Apologetics Bot

    Enjoyed reading it, thanks
  15. kptvol

    kptvol Super Moderator

    The secret weapon is Josh Dobbs. It's only a secret to the guys calling the plays.
  16. Tar Volon

    Tar Volon Me Blog

    One thing that was pointed out in the comments that I probably should've mentioned:

    we were actually pretty good at third downs last season. Whereas we were average-to-bad at first and second downs. Which means we had a lot of drives that kept going despite the fact that we were behind the chains. Now I'm not sure how far behind the chains we were (it could've been lots of 3rd and 4s, which are behind but not terrible), but converting third downs from behind the chains is something I'm not convinced we sustain
  17. justingroves

    justingroves supermod

    Dobbs was a pretty good passer, statistically, on 3rd downs last year. He also did a lot of houdini stuff with his legs
  18. RockyHill

    RockyHill Loves Auburn more than Tennessee.

    Honestly our throw game strategy should just be for Dobbs to run around in circles and the receivers just find open space.
  19. Volst53

    Volst53 Super Moderator

    3rd and long is an athletes down. We're pretty talented so it isn't surprising that we have some success in those situations.

    The red flag is our offense getting off schedule so much and having to be bailed out by playmakers. Defensive coordinators have made the adjustment to drop 8 and rush 3 on third and long plays.
  20. Tar Volon

    Tar Volon Me Blog

    this has the ring of truth

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