October 8, 2009

The Amazing Shotgun

Filed under: Uncategorized — wwinston @ 9:29 pm

The shotgun formation is amazingly effective.  As explained in my new book Mathletics you can easily assign a point value to each NFL play. For example, a 3 yard gain on first and 10 is usually worth around 0 points. For the 2008 NFL season I found that when teams were in the shotgun they generated  an average if.214 points per play and when not in the shotgun they generated an average of only .163 points per play.

   More amazingly, on rushing plays from the shotgun teams generated  on average .249 points per play while on passing plays fro  the shotgun teams generated an average of only .208 points per play. It looks like the element of surprise really helps the rushing plays succeed from the shotgun formation.

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  1. It would be interesting to see just what was the down & distance for those runs from the shotgun. From what I see, most running plays from the shotgun are done from 3rd & long when the defense is more than willing to give up a 6 or 7 yard run to get the team into 4th down.

    Comment by Mario — October 16, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

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