falconidae Posted September 2, 2010 Share Posted September 2, 2010 Falcons only threw downfield 5% less in 09 than in 08, just didn't complete nearly as many.In 08 Ryan threw the ball in the air 20+ yards or more 55 times and completed 21 [ that's out of 434 att.]In 09, Ryan & Redman threw the ball in the air 20+ yards 41 times and only completed 11 [ out of 560]That's 12 % in 08 and 7% in 09, that's a drop, but what makes it seem worse is they just didn't complete many.Got this info from splits at ESPN, NFL.com has the same info.What this says to me is that MM isn't as conservative as some here think- the O just didn't work as well in 09 as it did in 08. Think we all knew that.Major difference is passes from 30- 40 yards in air, 18 in 08 [5 completed] and 7 in 09- I think that difference can be explained by a lot of sacks and broken plays in 09 that would have been those deep passes had the play worked like it was supposed to.MM may not be as dink and dunk as people think. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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