Yards per attempt exact definition?

Submitted by Sommy on September 17th, 2010 at 11:30 AM

A lot has been made (mostly by fans of other teams) about Denard's yards per attempt prior to yards after the catch.  Granted, I don't believe have actually had many yards after the catch, so that's not my concern, but I was wondering -- is yards per attempt calculated from where the ball is spotted on the line of scrimmage to the intended target, or is it caculated from the spot the ball is thrown to the intended target?

I realize this may be kind of a dumb question, but I honestly don't know, and the distance from the line of scrimmage back to where the ball is thrown from can vary depending on the depth of the QB's drop.  Could anyone answer this for me?  Thanks.

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TheOracle6

September 17th, 2010 at 4:11 PM ^

Yards per attempt is calculated from the LOS.  We have had some solid YAC mostly from Roy Roundtree, but we should see a lot more of it once we get our bubble screen working better then it has of late.

Enjoy Life

September 17th, 2010 at 4:26 PM ^

Uh, this is the theory behind the west coast offensense which is being used in some form by almost everyone.

Throw short passes and let the receivers do the rest. This is also why the statistics for passing versus running are now all messed up. Many of these "passes" are really just a long handoff.