Make the Most of Offensive Tendency Data

With this new fea­ture, every detail mat­ters. We’ll break down why motion, for­ma­tion and effi­cien­cy rat­ings mat­ter so much.

Make the Most of Offensive Tendency Data

With this new fea­ture, every detail mat­ters. We’ll break down why motion, for­ma­tion and effi­cien­cy rat­ings mat­ter so much.

As any coach will tell you, even the tini­est details have the poten­tial to unearth the biggest rev­e­la­tions about your opponent. 

Now that you have the basics down on the new analy­sis beta, we’re going to show you how all those intri­cate offen­sive ten­den­cies add up — and how you can use them to get answers quickly.

Don’t Overlook Motion

Simply not­ing whether a play­er motioned across the for­ma­tion, or which direc­tion he went, isn’t enough. That’s why we’ve added the abil­i­ty to fil­ter by motion type (Motion Name) under the offen­sive ten­den­cies group. 

Want an exam­ple of key details you miss by not using this col­umn? In this clip, the data reveals a near­ly even run-pass bal­ance when send­ing a play­er in motion. But notice how heav­i­ly the scale leans towards pass when using jet motion or sprint­ing a tail­back into the flat.

Even today’s most ele­men­tary offen­sive coor­di­na­tor is deploy­ing a gar­den vari­ety of motions — from orbit to star and rock­et to return — and their play­call­ing ten­den­cies change with each one. If you’ve ever watched a Kyle Shanahan offense at full throt­tle, I rest my case.

Here, you’ll notice that when the team uses jet motion in either direc­tion, it’s most like­ly going to be a shov­el pass to the motion­ing play­er. And when they sprint out the tail­back, they’re like­ly pass­ing to the flat or vertically.

Don’t Get Out-Formationed’

One suc­cess­ful high school coach ran his favorite play 94 times out of 23 dif­fer­ent for­ma­tions in 2019. Count that, 23 for­ma­tions. And this is just a wing-T team — imag­ine how many ways your aver­age spread team will try to run one of their bread-and-but­ter plays.

When you fil­ter to a spe­cif­ic play, try expand­ing the for­ma­tion card as well. That will not only show you every for­ma­tion the play’s been run out of, but also break it down by down, dis­tance, field zone, hash and quar­ter. All of that should give you con­sid­er­ably more insight into your oppo­nents’ play call­ing rhythm.

Formation Details Make a Difference

We find that when it comes to tag­ging for­ma­tions, most coach­es only tag for­ma­tion (Formations) and play (Plays). By not uti­liz­ing sep­a­rate back­field (Backfield) and offen­sive strength (Off Strength) tags, you real­ly do miss out on extra ten­den­cies that can make the dif­fer­ence on Friday night. 

For instance, say the data tells you your oppo­nent is near­ly a 75 – 25 run/​pass split out of a par­tic­u­lar for­ma­tion — almost a uni­ver­sal­ly qual­i­fied ten­den­cy accept­ed by coach­es. But when they align a cer­tain way out of the back­field, they’re an even 50 – 50. Are you still going to sell out for the run when you see that in the game?

Some coach­es will bake back­field and strength tags into the for­ma­tion columns itself. But by doing so, these coach­es are miss­ing the abil­i­ty to eas­i­ly see these key tendencies. 

The Efficiency Column

Here’s how we define efficiency:

  • First down: four yards or more
  • Second down: At least half the dis­tance need­ed for a first down
  • Third down: Conversion to a first down
  • Fourth down: Conversion to a first down

Why is this dis­tinc­tion impor­tant? Averages can be vast­ly altered by a cou­ple of big plays, where­as effi­cien­cies remain steady. 

Let’s com­pare this with the gain/​loss card. Here are two exam­ples of plays that car­ry a lousy effi­cien­cy rat­ing despite a sol­id yards per play average.

As the Vegas-inspired name would imply, the pass­ing play on the left is most­ly a gam­ble. The run­ning play on the right is heav­i­ly weighed by two gains of 12-plus yards (labeled explo­sive plays”), and is oth­er­wise most­ly going for min­i­mal gain. 

Studying inef­fi­cient plays can be just as reveal­ing. This is com­mon with RPOs, for instance. Say you hand the ball off for an inside zone that goes for two yards. But the next time you go back to that play, the defense sets up dif­fer­ent­ly, in a way that opens up an oppor­tu­ni­ty to pull the ball and hit the tight end down­field. That first run, while inef­fi­cient, did its job.

That’s why we rec­om­mend using the effi­cien­cy col­umn in con­junc­tion with oth­er columns, such as tin­ker­ing play and for­ma­tion with field zone, quar­ter and/​or down and distance. 

Latest Updates

We’ve recent­ly added a few oth­er capa­bil­i­ties to this feature.

Fullscreen video and data: You can now see all the data more eas­i­ly and watch it change as you fil­ter. Rearrange your video and data how­ev­er you want.

Defensive ten­den­cies group: Explore ten­den­cies for front, cov­er­age, blitz, blitz name, defen­sive strength and gap.

Personnel card: This is one of the most impor­tant offen­sive ten­den­cies, espe­cial­ly for more advanced teams, and a must-have for col­lege teams. Find it under offen­sive tendencies.

More sit­u­a­tions: We’ve added two ten­den­cies, 2 Minute” and Series”, to the sit­u­a­tions group.

More gran­u­lar dis­tance: We updat­ed the dis­tance card to let you group dis­tances how­ev­er you want. Want just the third-and-four plays? See any indi­vid­ual yard up to 11.

Looking Ahead

As we’ve said before, we’ll con­tin­ue to add func­tion­al­i­ty through­out the fall. Based on your feed­back so far, we plan to release draw­ing tools, shared ses­sions and the abil­i­ty to use cus­tom data columns over the com­ing weeks. 

But it doesn’t stop there. Your con­tin­ued feed­back will help us con­tin­ue to make this fea­ture bet­ter. Leaving com­ments is easy — just click Feedback below your play­back con­trols and give us your thoughts.