American Football

Efficiency: Your New Favorite Column from Assist

We promise this column will be one of your favorites to analyze.

The efficiency column isn’t new to Hudl, but it’s the first year we included it in our Hudl Assist breakdowns. And while the stat is relatively simple, that doesn’t mean it won’t add a lot of value to your team’s weekly breakdown.

We like to think of efficiency as the secret sauce. It’ll give you that extra layer as you scout your opponent or analyze your own team, moving from “What did they do?” to “What did they do well?”

How do we track efficiency?

This column helps you make informed decisions about everything—from the plays you run and the formations you run them out of, to whether you should run or pass in the red zone. This data is based on the gain/loss for each down and distance.

Offensive Efficiency

  • On first down, an offensive play is efficient if it results in 40% or more yards toward a first down, i.e., four or more yards in a 10-yard situation.
  • On second down, a play is efficient if it results in 50% or more of the yards necessary to reach a first down.
  • For third and fourth down, you’ll need to get a first down (or a touchdown) for the play to be efficient.

Defensive Efficiency

  • On first down, the defense is efficient if the offensive play results in fewer than 40% of the yards toward a first down , i.e., less than four yards in a 10-yard situation.
  • On second down, the defense is efficient if the offensive play results in less than 50% of the yards necessary to reach a first down.
  • For third and fourth down, the defense needs to prevent a first down for the play to be efficient.
  • A defensive play is also efficient if it ends in a defensive touchdown, safety, interception or fumble.

We track efficiency with a simple “yes” or “no.”  From there, it's easy to filter your data by either option or build reports to see what plays and formations are most successful in each scenario.

It's already in your default reports.

This valuable data is now part of the default formation and summary reports. This means quick access to this stat as you review your team’s performance or prepare for an opponent. It shows the percentage for each formation, play, backfield or strength so you can quickly measure what worked.  

Efficiency is included in your formation report.

Go a level deeper with custom reports.

Run these reports on multiple scout games or self-scout your entire last season.

  1. Hover over Video and select Library.
  2. Check the box next to the playlists you’d like to include in the report.
  3. Click Report and choose Make a Custom Report.
  4. Select the data you’d like to include in the report. You can include up to eight columns of data.
  5. To save a custom report template for future use, check Save this Report Template and give it a name.
  6. Click Create this Report.

Make better coaching decisions.

The real value of efficiency comes when you use it to determine the best decisions possible, both in practice and during games. Check out some ideas from the playbooks of our coaches to see how it can help.

Scenario One

ProblemYou’re preparing for next week and just got back your scout breakdowns from Assist. You name the offensive formations and backfields, and run the default formation report. You can see their top formations (trips bunch, double wing and empty), plus the most used run and pass plays for each. But instead of focusing on the plays they run the most, you want to know their most successful plays.

Solution: Run the formation report and look at the efficiency of their top plays. This will help you see the plays where your opponent was successful—not simply the plays they ran most often (you would think they’d be the same, right?).

See the efficiency of their top runs and passes.

Scenario Two

Problem: Once you find your opponent’s best plays to prepare against, check how well your team has defended similar plays in the past to see the areas you need to improve on.

Solution: Run the formation report or a custom report with offensive formation, play and efficiency for your team’s past games. To do this, use the filters above your breakdown data to pull up only your defensive clips. Look for similar plays run out of similar formations to see the gaps in your defense. Save those clips as a new playlist and run your custom report.

Scenario Three

Problem: As you analyze your opponent, you decide to go a bit deeper and see what where they’re most successful on the field. You have heard they like trick plays in the red zone, so you want to make sure your team’s prepared.

Track efficiency based on yard line.

Solution: Run a custom report with offensive play, yard line and efficiency. You’ll be able to see what they run effectively based on where they are on the field. You can see or adjust the ranges it calculates for the red zone in your team settings.

Adjust the ranges for yard line.

As you begin to implement the endless uses of efficiency in your weekly planning, it’ll quickly become one of your favorite stats. Plus, efficient teams are winning teams. Your Assist data will help you get there.