Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Logan vs Bible

When Jags was hired, he spoke of opening up the offense. What does that really mean and what will be different on the field? In an attempt to get a better understanding, I took key offensive statistics of new offensive coordinator Steve Logan’s last four seasons calling plays at East Carolina. I then compared the to the last four years of BC’s offense under Dana Bible and TOB. Take a look. (Stats courtesy of Phil Steele’s preview)

Logan’s Offense at ECU
First Downs Rush AvgYards Per
Pass AVGPass %Yards Per

Bible’s offense at BC
First Downs Rush AvgYards Per
Pass AVGPass %Yards Per

As you can see the first downs and total yards are similar. Logan ran more at ECU than BC has over the past few seasons. The big and important difference is in scoring. In the past I found myself acting as somewhat of a Bible apologist, but there was no defending our red zone offense. Too many drives stalled out due to confounding and conservative play calling. TD drives became FG drives. Even a supposed twist like the “First and Toal” was conservative.

I think that will change this year. If the offense can score a little more and the defense remains consistent, we might get the season many fans have been longing for.



At 11:26 AM, Blogger Alex L. said...

Why are there two sets of numbers for Logan 2002?

At 12:57 PM, Blogger ATL_eagle said...

Fixed. Thanks.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Ed said...

Seems strange that Bible averaged more passing yards and more yards/pass than Logan. I never would have guessed that.

Viewed together, don't these stats paint a picture of Logan's offense that looks more like a West Coast offense that likes to take the occasional deep shot? Low yards/pass, low completion %, high yards/game and high yards/carry.

Have we been discussing Logan's "wide-open" offense based more on perception than reality?

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Alex L. said...

It's possible that anyone's offense as compared to Bible's could be described as wide open. Seriously, we do know that Ryan will be allowed to audible and he'll probably have greater choices as to whom his targets will be downfield. I think it's fair to say Logan's offense will be different from Bible's.

At 1:37 PM, Blogger ATL_eagle said...

Ed, I do think it is part perception regarding Logan and wide open. However, I do think scoring will pick up and we'll see more deep balls.

At 11:15 AM, Blogger ryan from boston,ma said...

I watched Marshall-ECU the other day from 2001(espn classic.)That was all I needed to know about Steve Logan

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

^ Is that because Marshall was such a defensive powerhouse that year?

Don't forget...Logan did get FIRED...from friggin ECU.

Don't get me wrong...Logan is an awesome coach and ECU people are morons. But, you need to keep into perspective some of the dogs while independent and while in C-USA that Logan got to play to help pad the stats.

I've watched Logan since the beginning. He'd do some great things...then he would literally fake a punt in the first quarter from his own end zone while playing on the road. (Did this against lowly Duke one year. ECU lost the game because of the boneheaded call)


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