I was reading through a bunch of the old stuff on my blog recently. It’s fun to see how some of my ideas have changed even in the short time (1 year) that I’ve been blogging. Anyway, in one of my first posts I said I was going to go through all of Billy Berrou’s stuff and pick out the good stuff. Jim beat me to the punch with this post. In Frank’s response to Jim he says something that’s interesting to me “First, take yardage completely out of the equation. It does not belong. Yardage is irrelevant…It's always about position.” In a sense, this is totally insane – you have to move forward (gain yardage) in order to score. However, it is true that it is oftentimes worthwhile to trade yardage to maintain possession and improve field position.
Anyway – here a couple of things I’m pretty sure I think about the value of a yard (relative to the value of field position and maintaining possession) –
1) The value of yardage decreases as the level of play increases.
2) The value of yardage decreases as conditions improve.
3) The value of yardage increases when a team is going downwind.
Here’s something I think I think about the value of yardage.
1) The value of yardage decreases the closer a team gets to the end zone.
Here’s something I’ll claim I think if people think it makes sense – otherwise I definitely don’t think it.
1) The value of yardage decreases when a team is going upwind.