One of the projects I've decided to undertake this off season is a comprehensive look at red zone performances by both teams and individual players. While the importance of red zone performance, like anything, can be over stated, the reality is that the compressed field within the opposing team's 20-yard line does create a set of parameters unlike the rest of the field.
For Colts fans, this was apparent as the team had 71 drives that accumulated over 40 yards, but only 32 of those (45%) ended in touchdowns. While the team had the 7th most long drives, the Colts' TD rate was 12th worst, leading to an overall "underachieving" feel.
On the flip side, the Colts' defense allowed 74 such drives, 3rd most in the league. But by only allowing 45% to end in touchdowns (9th lowest rate in the league), they kept their points allowed total relatively low and kept games close.
Today we step back again and look at the league as a whole, and delve into the numbers for individual quarterbacks. Which quarterbacks ran, passed and drew penalties at the best rates in 2012, and why?no comments