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Dick Vermeil And Herm Edwards Era Comparison

An argument that presents itself around here somewhat frequently relates to the offensive drop off from the Vermeil era to the Edwards era.  We're scoring less points but is it a result of conservative playcalling?  This will be the first in a series of comparisons between the Vermeil and Edwards era among a variety of statistical categories.

Today, let's look at down analysis.  Did Vermeil always pass the ball?  Has Herm historically run the ball

Rush = total # of rushing plays

YPC = yards per carry

Pass = total # of passing plays

YPP = yards per pass (Note: per pass, not completion)

The parentheses are the 2008 numbers translated out over 16 games.

1st Down Rush YPC Pass YPP
2001 230 4.73 242 7.13
2002 246 5.51 209 8.13
2003 248 4.58 222 8.42
2004 269 4.37 244 7.91
2005 253 4.51 230 8.4
2006 276 4.21 166 7.59
2007 193 2.93 228 5.58
2008 57 (228)
4.51 46 (184)
1.57
2nd Down
Rush YPC Pass YPP
2001 150 4.43
182 6.04
2002 158 4.61
157 7.85
2003 141
4.02
181 6.49
2004 171
5.26 198 7.07
2005 190
4.67 157 6.67
2006 173
3.81 155 5.31
2007 129
4.12 201 4.42
2008 38 (152)
5.84 51 (204)
6.53
3rd Down Rush YPC Pass YPP
2001 45 4.44 150 6.1
2002 48 5.67 137 5.09
2003 47 4.51 154 5.87
2004 39 3.87 154 7.43
2005 56 5 157 5.75
2006 49 4.47 170 5.3
2007 48 2.31 184 5.01
2008 14 (56) 3.64 48 (192) 4.1

There's a statistical drop off across the board from 2005 to 2006 and then in many cases another dramatic drop off to 2007.  Hopefully that drop off was our rock bottom and by the looks of the 2008 stats translated out to 16 games it appears it was.

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