In a stat that will surprise absolutely no one, the Detroit Lions’ offense is among those that throw short passes more often than anyone else.
Our friends over at NFL Matchup—one of the few NFL preview shows worth actually watching—dropped this statistic on Tuesday morning:
Frustrated by tons of short passes from your team's offense? (Hi, angry #Vikings fans...)— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) December 18, 2018
Here are the teams with the most/fewest SHORT PASSES this year.#Skol #HereWeGo #OnePride #Colts #RaiderNation #BroncosCountry #GiantsPride #DUUUVAL #GoPackGo #GoPats pic.twitter.com/xxEWqjhcAU
The Lions not only are attempting the third-most short passing attempts, but among these top 10 teams, Detroit is one of the worst at converting those short passes into yards after the catch.
But I wasn’t satisfied with third-best (worst?). I wanted to dig a little deeper, because it certainly seems like the Lions are throwing short an inordinate amount of times. So I took the stats listed above, and divided them by each team’s overall passing attempts to calculate a team’s short yardage percentage.
There, the Detroit Lions finished first overall among those top 10 teams listed. Check it out:
Also something I find particularly interesting: the team who placed in second, the Minnesota Vikings, fired their offensive coordinator last week. Hmmmm.
When you consider that Matthew Stafford was one of the best deep ball throwers in 2017, how does any of this make any sense? Or as ESPN Matchup put it:
Love the math usage, fellas. Completely support it, and that percentage is really, really high even for a Cooter offense.— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) December 18, 2018
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- Former Lion turned announcer Chris Spielman does a nice breakdown of Andy Jones’ touchdown, what went wrong on the long pass with Mike Ford in coverage, and a bad mistake by Jarrad Davis:
- Frustration from Lions head coach Matt Patricia boiled over to a post-game radio interview, where Patricia dropped an f-bomb live on air.
- Michigan defensive tackle Rashan Gary has not only declared for the 2019 NFL draft as one of the nation’s top prospects, but he’s also bringing his own sports agency with him:
JUST IN: Top NFL Draft prospect Rashan Gary of Michigan is forming his own sports agency - Rashan Gary Sports. NFL agent Ian Clarke is joining company & will be Gary’s primary agent. Gary will train at Michael Johnson Performance in Texas.— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) December 18, 2018
- The Athletic’s Chris Burke traveled to Buffalo to ask Lions fans who made the trip one simple question: Why? (subscription required)
- Darius Slay now has his own brand of clothing and it looks pretty fresh. Check it out here: