More evidence the Cowboys should throw deep more often
A couple weeks ago, I did a rather primitive study on the merits of throwing the ball deep downfield. I found that there is a correlation between deep pass attempts and a quarterback’s yards-per-attempt. Namely, the more often a quarterback throws the ball downfield, the higher his YPA.
Advanced NFL Stats recently took a look at the same idea and came to a similar conclusion. Says site founder Brian Burke:
It’s well past the time when teams should be building predominantly around the run or thinking that high percentage short passes can replace a real down-field threat. Teams should invest in draft picks and free-agents who can consistently get large chunks of yards, and invest in the practice time needed to perfect deep routes. And if you already are one of those teams who can throw deep, you should probably do it more often.
So while the majority of commentators out there are regurgitating the same old NFL “truisms” (or “falseisms,” really) about running the football and stopping the run, the stats show that possessing a potent passing attack (specifically one with big play threats) is far more likely to help you win football games than pounding the rock.