Saturday, August 13, 2022

Preseason Game 1: What the hell is YODA?

Preseason week one was exactly what you’d expect: some big plays (RayRay McCloud, Trey Lance to Danny Gray 76 yards later) some not so great plays (Tarvarius Moore’s coverage on Romeo Doubs, Trey Lance overshooting Gray on the sidelines, JaMychal Hasty’s unfortunate sideline kickoff return shenanigan). We here at Niners Northeast will leave the big time film study to the real content creators, but here is last night’s special teams stats, using the debut of something that shall eventually be known as “YODA”.

“What the hell is YODA?”

YODA = Yards Over Default Average (Punt Line of Default is 20 yard line, kickoffs 25)

Default Average is what your starting field position is if you do absolutely nothing. Literally if every punt and or kick was a touchback, that’s where you would start each drive. While we do track plays and yardage, the key is the amount of + or - above/below the Default. (Also points, as tracked below)

PSNS = Points Scored/Negated Swing (Includes Blocks/returns/misses for_against. Example: FG block or miss vs you is +3, block return TD +6, for a total of 9. If that happens against your team, -9)


TPA = Total Points Allowed (Self-explanatory) 


FP = Field Position (Honestly, who throws a shoe? That really hurt!)


With all that being explained…

Special Teams Snaps Tracking: Game 1

1q KO Defense: Touchback (+0)

1q Punt Return:  starting FP 41 yard line (+21)

1q FG Kick: 50 yards success (+3)

1q XP Block Team: fail (-1)

1q KO Return: starting FP 23 yard line (-2) 

1q XP Kick: Success (+1)

1q KO Defense: starting FP SF 47 yard line (-28)


2q XP Kick: Success (+1)

2q Punt Def: 35 yard punt, starting FP 20 (0)

2q KO Return: starting FP 6 yard line (Hasty’s sideline adventure) (-19)


3q KO Return: 28 yards, starting FP 37 (+12)

3q Punt Def: 48 yard punt, starting FP 9 (+11)

3q FG defense: kick missed (+3) starting FP 22 (+2)

3q Punt Defense: 30 yard punt , starting FP 17 (+3)

3q Punt return: 7 yard return, starting FP 39 (+19)

3q Punt defense: 54 yard punt, 7 yard return allowed, starting FP 33 (-13)


4q XP Block Team: fail (-1)

4q KO Return: 15 yard return, starting FP 31 (+6) 

4q KO Defense: 19 yard return allowed, starting FP 20 (-5)


Total Spec Teams Snaps: 19

Total points scored\negated swing: 8

Total Points Allowed: 2

Net Special Team Points: +6

Total Yards Over Default Average: +7

Final Result: Special Teams had a lightly positive impact on this game


Accounted for 6 points and plus 7 yards. Incremental start for the new-look special teams.


Back w/ more after Game 2 vs the Vikings. (#SKOL, which should stand for Skoal but I am sure they can’t sponsor it) 



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