Friday, November 10, 2006

Eagles DPAR and DVOA Ranks for Week 10

- TEAM - the philadelphia eagles stay at 2nd in overall team efficiency. the team stays at 2nd on offense, jumps to 7th on defense, and drops to 20th on special teams. the birds have had the 18th hardest schedule up to this point, and have the 12th hardest from here on out. ranks for the other teams in the division breaks down like (DVOA/past schedule/future schedule): cowboys 10th/10th/11th, giants 4th/16th/3rd, redskins 19th/4th/2nd. eagles are still the second most consistent team in the nfl, having a variance of only 4.8% in their game performances, and frustratingly, lead the nfl in expected wins at 6.7 (giants are second at 6.4).

- QB - donovan mcnabb ranks 4th in DPAR and 6th in DVOA

- RB - brian westbrook ranks 8th in DPAR/5th in DVOA for rushing and 2nd in DPAR/7th in DVOA for receiving

- WR - reggie brown ranks 9th/6th, donte' stallworth ranks 35th/16th, hank baskett and greg lewis do not have enough catches to qualify in the rankings

- TE - lj smith ranks 13th/20th

- OL - through eight games, the jackson 5 ranks 5th in run blocking and 18th in pass protection. running behind william thomas continues to be a problem. the birds rank 9th sweeping left, 2nd up the middle, 11th off right tackle, and 6th sweeping right, but continue to be horrible at 31st off left tackle.

- DL - the d-line ranks a predictable 22nd against the run and 1st in pass rushing.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Phil said...

Great FO article providing more support for Reid's pass wacky O: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/2006/11/10/ramblings/too-deep-zone/4506/

12:46 PM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

i saw that. i'm conflicted by the whole concept.

in my head, i understand and accept that "points come from the passing game" and that passing is generally more successful than running, but as a fan i prefer the smash mouth style of football.

i only like that andy passes because he wins games, but stylistically, it's just not as entertaining.

2:42 PM EST  
Anonymous Phil said...

Stylistically? So you'd rather watch the 2000 Ravens than the 1999 Rams, Hoge? Tool. I'd rather see a high power offense that's passing a lot and scoring 35 each week rather than a game control ground game that scores 14 if lucky. I will stipulate that there needs to be a balance as proven by the Chuck and Duck offense. The question is whether that balance is 50/50 or 55/45 . . .

Here's another good one: http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/sports/football/15976746.htm

3:13 PM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

Stylistically? So you'd rather watch the 2000 Ravens than the 1999 Rams, Hoge?

no, don't be silly. obviously, you need to pass to score points, it's just a question of how much passing and what style of passing.

i like the fact that they're throwing the ball downfield this year. i've often complained in the past about the awful 5-7 yard routes they were running. however, too much of a good thing isn't good either. they're doing too much downfield throwing this year. that's part of the inconsistency problem i think.

also, the type of running they do is not as enjoyable for me as when you pull a couple of guys and do some power sweeps. it's simple, but a good running game is beautiful to watch.

even though the jags didn't score a lot of points last week, i'm sure the game was pretty darn entertaining for the fans.

i wish they would run the ball about 45% of the time with some good, old-fashioned power football (they have the linemen to do it) and couple with 55% passing leaning toward deeper throws. basically how joe gibbs 1.0 ran his offense. that's not to say it would be successful, just that i enjoy watching that brand of football more.

that said, winning trumps all and that's why i'm a believer in letting andy do it his way without whining about it.

3:24 PM EST  
Blogger Free Floyd said...

I interpret those stats a little differently. We are 9th around the left end. And 31st at the slot between Herremans and Thomas. it means that the two of them are not coordinating well to create holes between them. It could also mean that Herremans is terrible at run blocking. Every slot associated with Jackson is ranked high, so maybe Jackson is getting the job done himself on the left guard runs. And I know our TEs aren't getting their blocking done. So I think the stats means that (1) Herremans and Thomas aren't coordinating well, (2) Jackson is among the best run blockers, (3) Thomas is an average run blocker and (4) Herremans just doesn't quite have the position down yet. This could improve over the season drmatically with more reps.

6:05 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"that said, winning trumps all and that's why i'm a believer in letting andy do it his way without whining about it. "

Call me crazy, but I've never understood this sentiment even though I understand that 99% of the people in the world agree with it.

If my team wins or not, my life really doesn't change. I'm still luckier than the vast majority of people who have ever lived. I imagine that's why pro players also seem to shake off losses 3 seconds after the fact. Because what I really want is to be entertained during the time I designate for sports escape, winning is only a (large) part of the equation for me. I also want and need to see honest competitive spirit and effort; I want to see professionals operate at a skill level I can only dream of; I want to see creativity and elan.

In other words, winning does not trump all for me. It's high up on the pecking order, but it isn't everything. I remember thinking and saying in the 80's that I'd rather have been an Eagles fan and enjoyed Buddy, Randall & the gang week after week, than be a Giants fan and watch my team's borefest Superbowl campaigns.

No one ever believes me when I admit this, but I swear it is the truth.

Ben

7:44 PM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

I interpret those stats a little differently. We are 9th around the left end. And 31st at the slot between Herremans and Thomas.

i've always interpreted that to mean an "off tackle" run -- a run just to the outside of the tackle. it's possible you're right about that and coordination between todd and tra is a factor, but my eyes also tell me that tra isn't run blocking very well this year.

9:48 PM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

In other words, winning does not trump all for me. It's high up on the pecking order, but it isn't everything.

hence why you can enjoy the phillies without pulling your hair out like the rest of us. i'm not sure it makes you crazy, but it definitely makes you lucky.

i wish i didn't care about my teams winning as much as i do. it's certainly not healthy. for instance, on january 19, 2003 a little piece of me died that day. i'm not the same person i was before that day, and not in a good way. watching these stupid teams shouldn't impact me so forcefully, but they do. don't know why. i wish they didn't.

9:54 PM EST  

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