CHART WEEK – Part 3: Passing Defense

CHART WEEK rolls on today. As a reminder, we’ve aggregated our weekly Film Study charts for the full 2016 season, and each day this week, we will use a few of those charts to learn something about what happened in 2016 and what might happen in 2017.

On Monday, we looked at IU’s pass rush in 2016, and yesterday, Billy dug into IU’s passing offense. Today’s post delves into IU’s pass coverage, which, like the defense as a whole, improved dramatically in 2016.

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CHART WEEK – Part 2: Passing Offense

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It is day 2 of Chart Week! If you checked out the weekly Film Study posts during the season, you probably became familiar with several charts tracking certain stats from that week’s game. Now we’ve aggregated those charts for the full 2016 season, and each day this week, we will use a few of those season-long charts to learn something about what happened in 2016 and what might happen in 2017.

Yesterday we covered IU defense’s pass rush.  Today is the offensive passing game.

The Indiana passing game took a step back in 2016 with Richard Lagow having an up-and-down debut season.  As discussed previously, Lagow especially struggled on passes traveling 20+ yards downfield.  Today we’ll further examine his passing chart as well as dive into individual receivers.

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CHART WEEK – Part 1: Pass Rush

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Welcome to Chart Week! It’s like Shark Week, but instead of terrifying sea creatures, we have screenshots of Excel spreadsheets. You tell me what’s more exciting…

If you checked out the weekly Film Study posts during the season, you probably became familiar with several charts tracking certain stats from that week’s game. Now we’ve aggregated those charts for the full 2016 season, and each day this week, we will use a few of those season-long charts to learn something about what happened in 2016 and what might happen in 2017. Today we start with charts related to the IU defense’s pass rush.

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Richard Lagow and the Interception Machine

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Four-hundred and thirty-eight pass attempts into the Richard Lagow-era and we are still slightly uncertain about his ability and potential.  On one hand, he was a strong-armed gun-slinger, unafraid of taking shots downfield.  On the other hand, he often underthrew deep passes despite the arm strength, forced too many passes, and was unable to escape pressure.  So how does he compare to his predecessor, Nate Sudfeld, or even the serviceable Cam Coffman?

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