Andy Reid’s play-calling has been a favorite topic of discussion for fans since he was hired. Now that he’s gone, let’s take a look back at he run/pass ratio. I’m compiling a lot of data for a more in-depth look (and one we’ll be able to draw statistically significant conclusions from), but for now, here is a basic view of the percentage of passing plays called by the Eagles:
Notes: The data is from teamrankings.com and only goes back to 2003. The averages are not weighted by number of plays, in hopes of giving a better view of differences in general offensive philosophy.
Over that time period (2003-2012):
– The Eagles average annual passing rate was 59.90%, behind only 4 other teams (Arizona, Detroit, New Orleans, St. Louis).
– Detroit passed the most, by far, with an average rate of 62.84%.
– The Steelers had the lowest average rate, passing 52.47% of the time.
– The highest single year rate was registered by Detroit in 2006, when the Lions passed on 68.43% of plays. They went 3-13 that year.
– The lowest single year rate came from the Steelers in 2004, when the team passed on just 39.20% of plays. That year the team went 15-1 (Big Ben’s rookie year).
Next up, we’ll tackle the obvious question: Does passing more equal winning more? More points scored? Putting the data together now. I hope to have an answer in the next day or so.