I was going to move this thread to the Hardcore Discussion forum, but, alas, I have a question regarding the following quote:
Why is that necessarily a passing down; might not a draw play possibly catch the defense off guard?Thatís a pretty ugly number for the Chiefs. But dig under the surface, and itís even worse. On 83 second down plays, the Chiefs average down and distance situation was 2nd-and-8.6 yards to go. Only San Francisco (9.08 yards) faced a tougher task on second down.
Second and nearly nine yards to go is no-manís land for a play-caller. Itís an obvious passing down, and that makes it so much easier for defenses to decipher the offensive plan. Invariably, it leads to third down-and-long and then a punt. On those second down plays, the Chiefs gained enough for a first down 22 times. That means they faced third down 53 times, converting it 18 times for 34 percent. That ranks tied for 28th.