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The R.A.T Stat

Oregon Head Football Coach Chip Kelly doesn't care about stats except for one, Response After Turnover. 1st a couple quotes from coaching search & cbssports of Kelly talking about it:

"I'm not a stat guy. I (do however) spend a lot of time looking at statistics, but the statistic that we talk about all the time that is not on the stat sheet is response after a turnover." "It's not about winning the turnover battle. It's about what your response is after the turnover because if you're defense can do an unbelievable job and put you at +4, but every single time the offense goes 3 & out, you didn't do anything with what the defense created for you. By the same token, just because you turn it over on the offensive side of the ball, if your defense can go out there and stop them, then that's what it's all about.

"So, for us, the only thing we talk about from a statistical standpoint is what is our response after a turnover. Are we capitalizing when our defense creates a turnover, and if we happen to turn it over, does our defense go on the field and stop the opponent from doing something with it. That's what we talk about and I think that's the one that has the biggest impact on games."

"I'm not averse to putting our defense out on a short field," Kelly explained. That belief is big not only for his defensive guys to feel, but also for the coach when it comes to his style of always attacking his opponent, a mindset that almost always leads to the dam breaking on the opponent's side.

The 2nd quote(which is 100% true if you've ever watched an Oregon game) reminded me of what Marty Mornhinweg said last week about staying aggressive despite all the turnovers because of how the defense has played. Since we are familiar with turnovers this year I thought I would see how the Eagles were doing in this, I also included our upcoming opponent the Giants that can be found here

Most interesting thing to me looking at the chart is despite our opponents having an empty possession 33.3% of the time at least we are holding them to FGs. The same cannot be said for our rival the Giants who give up a TD 75% of the time after a TO(although they've only had 4 so far) hopefully we can keep that percentage high if we get any TOs on Sunday night

If you want to see more data on this stat you should see what mattdaddy from addictedtoquack has done here

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