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02 Sep 2010

Can anyone help with a source for red zone rankings?

I'm in a minority among Redskins fans not happy with D. McNabb as our QB. My theory is that Andy Reid had to build a big play offense around him, with Westbrook, and then with Jackson and Maclin. I think he had to sacrifice Red zone efficiency as a result since Donovan is inconsistent as a short-range passer and the red zone requires short-range passing in a crowded area. Obviously, those small receivers aren't ideal in the RZ either.

I found a source for stats showing that the Eagles RZ ranking was #20 for 2009 and #23 for 2008, but I'd like to find a source like this which goes back ten years. Can anyone help?

Posted by: Joe35 on 02 Sep 2010

3 replies , Last at 14 Nov 2010, 8:30am by Anthony Brancato

Re: Can anyone help with a source for red zone rankings?
by tally :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 11:49pm

Football Outsiders' premium database has a lot of DVOA splits, including by field zone. I don't think I am allowed to divulge the information except in snippets, but I will say that your instinct is correct. Philly has been average or below-average in the red zone and worse passing than rushing in the red zone in the last three years. However, they were top 5 in 2006 and either great or very good before 2006.

Re: Can anyone help with a source for red zone rankings?
by Joe35 :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 2:15pm

Thanks so much, tally

But What Is A "Red Zone Possession"?
by Anthony Brancato :: Sun, 11/14/2010 - 8:30am

To me at least, it should only count as a red-zone possession if the offense had a FIRST DOWN at or inside the 20. It seems pretty ridiculous that if a team had 1st and 10 at the 27, gained eight yards in three plays and then kicked a FG, it should be held against them as a failure to score a TD in the red zone.

Does anyone know what specific criterion is actually observed?

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