Street Talk BEHIND THE NUMBERS: FASSEL V. BILLICK THROUGH 16 GAMES

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The final numbers are in for Brian Billick taking over as the Offensive Coordinator…and with a division title and a first round bye; it’s been a resounding success.
 
Statistics can sometimes tell a strange story. When Billick took over BTN thought the running game would need to improve drastically…that was not the case. Although the Ravens run the ball slightly more, the average per rush did not increase. The key to the offensive improvement was QB Steve McNair gaining confidence in the system and the players around him. The offense is now more efficient in all the major passing categories and third down conversions. When you combine all of those improvements you end up with the best ball control offense in the NFL.
 
BTN wishes the best of luck to the Ravens in the playoffs and hopes that the Red Zone TD % heads north.
 

OFFENSE RANKINGS:

     

Statistic

Ravens rank after 6 games

Ravens rank after 16 games

% Difference (+ / -)

Total offense

271.7 (28th)

317.0 (17th)

+ 16.7%

Pts per game

18.3 (18th)

22.1 (T-13th)

+ 20.8%

Rush yards per game

94.3 (24th)

102.3 (25th)

+ 8.5%

Rush attempt avg.

3.5 (26th)

3.4 (31st)

– 2.9%

Rush attempts per game

26.7 (20th)

29.8 (11th)

+ 11.6%

Pass yards per game

177.3 (27th)

220.9 (13th)

+ 24.6%

Pass comp %

56.0% (26th)

62.6% (6th)

+ 11.8%

Pass attempts per game

33.3 (14th)

32.8 (13th)

– 1.5%

Pass comp avg. yards

5.32 (29th)

6.56 (11th)

+ 23.3%

QB rating

64.1 (29th)

82.5 (26th)

+ 28.7%

3rd down conversion %

36.7% (22nd)

41.2% (9th)

+ 12.3%

Time of possession

30:38 (13th)

32:48 (1st)

+ 7.1%

Red Zone TD %

44.40% (25th)

42.31% (28th)

– 4.9%

Penalties

31 (12th)

109 (25th)

– 40.6%

Sacks allowed

12 (14th)

17 (2nd)

+ 37.5%

Turnover margin

+ 7 (3rd)

+ 17 (1st)

+ 6.3%

Held under 20 pts**

3-6 = 50%

2-10 = 20%

NA

**Not an official NFL statistic. Stat provided by BTN.

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Scot is a Baltimore native, a Towson University graduate, and has followed sports since the early 1980’s. Scot likes to go inside the numbers and get the real “411” on the wins and losses,  hence his Behind The Numbers column.
 

Besides being an avid sports fan, Scot has been involved with televison sports production as an Associate Producer since 1993 for WMAR, ESPN, ESPNU,ESPN2, and the former Home Team Sports network.  In addition to his television work Scot has written articles for Baltimore Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine and Patuxent Publishing.  These experiences make him a natural as the creator of the Media Watchdog, another of SK’s fine contributions.
 

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