...you think Brian's post was crap b/c he was pointing out that RR critics only choose to find the one stat (among several telling ones to choose from) that doesn't support a great offense?
No, I think Brian's post was crap because he assumed that anyone who thinks that points per drive is a valuable stat is a Rich Rod critic, which you seem to do as well. There was nothing in blublooded's diary, which started this brouhaha, that suggested he was anti-Rich Rod or trying to put down the offense. He simply suggested, based on his analysis of which stats are most telling, that the sophomore-led offense, while very, very good, is not YET the unstoppable juggernaut that the yards per game stats suggest it is. Have we gotten to the point where someone can't make this observation without being attacked as a heretic and publicly shamed?
I think points per possession is a more valuable statistic than points per game for the reasons laid out above. I would rather my team score 28 points on 7 possessions than 30 points on 10, for the simple reason that in option A your opponent has to average more than 4 points per possession to defeat you, while in option B your opponent need average just over three points per possession. I understand your point that number of possessions will affect how many points are scored in an average possession in some way, but still think that, on the whole, ppd gives a better sense of offensive efficiency. And this is hardly a novel theory -- it's become general accepted that points per possession is the best measure of offensive and defensive capability in basketball, and obviously many are moving this way in football as well. This doesn't make me a lunatic Rich Rod hater, and the implication that it does is what has pissed me, and others, off.
To be clear . . . I LOVE THIS OFFENSE. Just because I may think it is only, say, the 12th best offense in the country instead of the fourth doesn't mean I'm dissatisfied. Especially since I recognize that it is led by underclassmen, and will get even better in the next two years. That blublooded, tf and others like to analyze the minutiae of the offense and examine perceived weaknesses doesn't mean that they think Rodriguez sucks -- it just means that they like studying the offense (its a hell of a lot more fun than looking at the defense) and assessing whether their perceptions of its (relatively insignificant) flaws are accurate. If Brian wants to argue why points per possession is not a meaningful statistic, I'd love to read it -- that's why I'm constantly on this blog. But impugning blublooded's motives and insulting him after bumping his diary, which he obviously put a lot of effort into, to the front page was a classless move.