In the car today, I was listening as a Giants fan (we’ll call him Vinnie from Staten Island) called into WFAN complaining about Kevin Gilbride’s play-calling on 2nd and 10 after an incompletion on 1st down. It went something like this, in Vinnie’s thick Staten Island accent:
“This jamoke offensive coorinatah, Gilbride, he’s always cawlin’ run plays on second down, and the defense is always goin ‘Get outta ‘ere wit that weak stuff.’ It’s like 90 pahcent wit this guy.”
My own dad has complained about it to me with the Eagles in the past, and it’s a fairly common thing I hear NFL fans complain about. It’s understandable. If your team throws an incomplete pass on 1st down and then gets a 2-yard run on 2nd, you’re annoyed, and you immediate think of other times it has happened. You begin to think your team doesn’t pass on 2nd and 10.
2nd and 10 is a difficult play call. Do you run in hopes of getting 5+ yards, making for a manageable 3rd and short, or do you pass, perhaps looking for more, but risking an incompletion (or worse) and a low percentage 3rd and 10?
I did a little research just for fun, and contrary to Vinnie from Staten Island’s suggestion, the Giants pass on 2nd and 10 more than they run, as has the rest of the NFC East so far this season:
|Yards per attempt||9||4.55|
The rest of the NFCE after the jump…
|Yards per attempt||10.56||6.44|
|Yards per attempt||0.38||3.57|
|Yards per attempt||3.56||3.4|
It’s actually kind of funny. The 1-4 Eagles are fantastic on 2nd and 10, while the 3-1 Redskins are comically bad. Obviously, small sample sizes apply.