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Regarding T-Rich: I went through the IND-SEA play-by-play, and compared Richardson and Brown, broken down by pass/run formations and pass/run plays.
Pass formation: 5 - 31yds, 6.2ypc (Shotgun: 5 - 31yds, 6.2ypc)
Run formation: 1 - 6yds, 6ypc
Passing downs: 4 - 28yds, 7.0ypc
Running downs: 2 - 9yds, 4.5ypc
Passing downs, pass formation: 3 - 23yds, 7.7ypc
Running downs, run formation: 1 - 6yds, 6ypc
Mixed Run/Pass down/formation: 2 - 8yds, 4.0ypc
Pass formation: 4 - 20yds, 5ypc (Shotgun: 3 - 10yds, 3.3ypc)
Run formation: 9 - 8yds, 0.9ypc
Run/Pass Not Specified: 5 - 31yds - 6.2ypc
Passing downs: 2 - 10yds, 5ypc
Running downs: 16 - 46yds, 2.9ypc
Passing down, pass formation: 1 - 10yds, 10ypc
Running down, running formation: 7 - 8yds, 1.1ypc (all others: 11/48, 4.4ypc)
Mixed Run/Pass down/formation: 5 - 7yds, 1.4ypc
Run/Pass Not Specified: 5 - 31yds, 6.2ypc
Those five plays that don't specify the run/pass formation hurt the analysis, because they account for 2/3 of Richardson's rush yards (including his 16-yard rush). But a few things seem obvious:
1. The Colts are using Richardson and Brown differently. Brown runs almost exclusively out of the shotgun on passing plays; Richardson runs the vast majority of the time out of a run formation on running plays (first downs).
2. When the Colts telegraph the run, defenses are stuffing, and Richardson's YPC suffers accordingly
3. When the Colts run out of anything other than a run formation on running downs, Richardson's YPC jump way up.
4. Brown ran one time out of a run formation on a running down, and got 6 yards. Richardson ran one time out of a pass formation on a passing down, and got 10 yards. I would chalk that up mostly to success due to misdirection, but it would appear that both players can be successful when taking advantage of the defense keying in on an expected play.
5. These raw numbers (from a small sample size) can be argued to corroborate with the assertion that the issues with Richardson's YPC are due not to his running ability, but rather to scheme (compounded by an offensive line that is below average being asked to create running room on telegraphed run plays).
Andrew Luck sure is something, but Peyton, god Peyton.... He's still my boy, its going to be so damn hard to root against him in two weeks
Players would give up on the edge just to get a sack. More than once the containment was blown because someone tried to get a sack rather than stay in the respective lane.
BTW can the hype we're picking up with everyone coming around on their opinion on the colts be a distraction?
I think the responsible for the deep shot was Luck that draw the defenders offside with his sweeeeeet hard count
BTW if there is somethign that I want to talk about it, is that for a coach that repeats the mantra "RUN THE BALL, STOP THE RUN" his team did neither.
I don't mind being conservative, my problem is calling a run right into a blitz getting Richardson stuffed. Then people complain about his YPC
Freaking Seahawks went '03 AFC Championship Game Patriots on our receivers where they were grabbing 15 yards down the field
If we are praising luck... can we praise that 3rd down convertion when luck evaded being sacked twice threw a dart to TY and TY had an amazing catch. That play was so sexy.
You use 5 wide to space the field. You can't space the field when you have only 12 yards of field to work with.
I forgot to mention the Colts' final drive:
Pass formation: 3/19, 6.3ypc
Run formation: 2/1, 0.5ypc
Run formation: 1/3, 3.33ypc (this was the third-down give-away play)
The Colts came out in the final drive in the shotgun, and moved the ball at will. As soon as they got in FG range, they switched to a run formation, and the drive immediately stalled.
@chewie_33 That was the guy they should have cut. Reed absolutely useless and doesn't know when to take the ball out and when to just knee it