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Can Andrew Luck Improve His Red-Zone Play in 2014?
Red-zone performance is a critical area for offenses. The difference between a field goal and a touchdown can have critical implications, and that's just for one score. When that begins to add up, teams' win totals are undoubtedly affected.
But our perception of play in the red zone can be misconstrued. We have team efficiency red-zone numbers, how often a team scores a touchdown once they reach the red zone, but not necessarily numbers for individuals, namely quarterbacks.
It's easy to use quarterback rating, but that's not particularly helpful. I prefer efficiency by tracking how often quarterbacks create first downs and touchdowns inside the red zone. If a quarterback throws an eight-yard out on second down for a first down after going incomplete the play before, his stat line includes 50 percent complete and a yards per attempt of 4.0. That's not pretty, but t...
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