Pardon me, coach

Stats say that crazy fan advice is sometimes right

Originally Published: December 10, 2013
ESPN The Magazine

EVERY FAN in face paint thinks the man in charge should listen to his advance. Here's the shocker: The stats say he's not always crazy.

Turns out those dudes in the gorilla suits are correct. From 2001 through Week 12 of this season, teams converted fourth-and-short 
plays (one to three yards to go) 60 percent of the time, and that climbs to 67 percent when offenses run the ball. Those are extremely favorable odds. For example, going for it on fourth and ...

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