Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Putting those big plays in perspective
By Mike Sando
The chart showing Arizona's last-place ranking in big plays led to a natural question.
"Hey Sando," pendulum80 wrote, "where did AZ rank last season?"
ESPN Stats & Information provided the numbers for that chart. I'm in touch with them regularly and can follow up, but I do know the Cardinals were much more prolific with big plays last season. Stats available at NFL.com show the Cardinals ranking tied with the Rams for last in the NFL with only two pass plays covering at least 40 yards. They had 13 last season, ranking behind only the Packers and Saints.
Teams are making it harder for the Cardinals to strike deep downfield. Arizona has won anyway.