Ridiculous stat. For most of this time we have run a ball control offense. If a team has a solid run game then they will eat more clock simply because the clock continues to run after run plays, and stops after incomplete passes - which usually account for 35-40% of plays even for a top QB. To put it in perspective, if a team that controls the clock 35 minutes a game, and a team that scores fast and only gets 25 minutes per game of possession, the fast hitting team will have a significantly better stat, but gives the other team the ball much more. A team that routinely falls behind and has to throw throughout most of the second half to try to catch up will have a better stat than the team that is beating them and looks to run out the clock in the second half.
Of all possible stats you can use, this one I would not even look at.
Down near the goal line Ben seems to hesitate with his throws which draws defenders to the area he is looking so he has to bring the ball back down. Then he scans the field and looks for a wide open receiver which is hard to find in the red zone. This leads to a lot of sacks.
Ben's athletic ability is declining but he should make up for that with his football knowledge.
What I'm saying is that the stat is flawed.
As an illustration, if you accept the premise that an 80 yard TD drive will take longer (on average) than a 50 yard TD drive, then by this stat a 50 yard TD drive is 'better' than an 80 yard TD drive. Even if you compare two 80 yard drives, I would argue that an 80 yard drive which consumes 8 minutes of clock is generally better than an 80 yard drive which consumes 3 (unless, of course, you are chasing the game).
Our offense gained 5300 yards last year -- which is more than we gained in either of the two seasons we won the SB with Ben. We gained 5900 yards in 2011.
I'm not saying there aren't problems on offense. But this stat is not a good one, if you ask me.
In response to his pleas, an officer said: "You think we've never arrested somebody that's made national media? ... We deal with the Bengals all the time."
same trend... a slow decline over the last 9 years.
But, some have pointed out an equally damning stat; the number of drives starting on opponent's side of field has also been in a slow decline. Meaning this team can't score unless it's on a short field....
2013: 5 (7 games played)
Ben is far from the perfect QB, but IMO it is unfair to try to blame any of this on Ben. It would be amazing how good Ben would look if the front office put an NFL caliber offensive line in front of him. Easy to blame Ben for a lot but name one other QB in the nFL who would had been half as successful behind the terrible OL he has played behind the last 5 years.
- Charles Harris-OLB, Missouri
- Rasul Douglas-CB, West Virginia
- Chris Godwin-WR, Penn State
- John Johnson-S, Boston College
- James Conner-RB, Pitt
- Nazair Jones-DT, North Carolina
- Garrett Sickels, DE/OLB, Penn State
And a big reason the Steelers have stunk the last two years is because they've turned Ben back into a game manager. Screen screen screen screen. Then when that doesn't work and Ben can't bail out the team in the end, yinzers blame him. Maybe instead you should focus your ire at the front office for it's terrible roster management and outdated philosophies.