Originally Posted by TheReverend
I also wanted to answer the 3rd down play calling question from the podcast questions thread since it was a good one. We had only TWO 3rd downs less than 3rd and 5 in the Jets game (both 3-2) and one of them was bumped to a 3-7 thanks to a Decker false start. That's the primary contributor to poor 3rd down conversion rate. We averaged 3-8 on 3rd down which is unacceptable. Out of those, most were STILL called run plays or short screen/flat passes. That's not an opportunity to succeed on a consistent basis. Used sparingly, those are extremely valuable 3rd down plays, but absolutely not with regularity when consistently placing yourself in 3rd and long situations. That just won't cut it.
Agree Rev. But it bears saying that while blaming 3rd and long for the low 3rd down conversion rate you also have to blame the offense for getting into those situations. So the excuse for the offense on the one hand is really the fault of the offense on the other. Put more simply: the offense needs to do a better job on 1st and 2nd down.