5 interceptions on 3rd and 4th downs with 9+ yards to gain.
Lack of success on 1st and 2nd down was clearly an issue last year. But stats can be misleading. It seems some here are trying to absolve Eli of any responsibility because he was always in 3rd and long situations, as if they never threw the ball on 1st or 2nd downs. Correlation does not equal causation, and this stat is a perfect example of that. They weren't playing poorly because they had a lot of 3rd and long situations, they had a lot of 3rd and long situations because they were playing poorly as a unit.
My goal had been to win a championship, work toward the Hall of Fame, have my jersey retired by the team and I`d go in as a lifelong New York Giant, but I`m now resigned to the fact that this won`t happen. -- Michael Strahan, just when you think you're down...
You're reading the yards per attempt stat all wrong, though. The yards per includes the 0 yards on all the incompletions. So, even if we threw it 20 yards downfield and the pass was incomplete, it'd go down as 0 yards for that attempt. How far the ball travelled in the air has no effect on that stat if it's incomplete. We averaged 11.79 per completion.
100 bucks we led the league in 3rd and 15+, 3rd and 20+, hell.. 3rd and 30+ and the average yards per play doesn't surprise me at all, if its 3rd and 9+ you know under gilbrides scheme we're exclusively throwing anywhere in the range of a screen to a 4 yard pass, to throw it any further than that would be blasphemy