Rationale The purpose of S2A Trident is to specifically explain how the game of football has evolved. In 2018, Emmett High School rushed for 736 yards on 226 attempts. The team produced 2,656 yards passing on 242 of 394 passing. The statistics imply that Emmett was a pass first football team that lacked balance. The breakdown makes the team a 39% run and 61% pass football team. Below is a breakdown of the run vs pass ratio for all 9 games of the 2018 season.
This chart clearly implies that Emmett High School is a pass first football team as its ratio favored the pass 8 out of the 9 football games played. If however, the passes completed behind the line of scrimmage were to be combined with the traditional runs then a new metric would appear. The S2A System prides itself on a proliferation of “long handoffs” that are really just runs in space such as the H Calls. When the runs are combined with passes behind the line of scrimmage the numbers are as follows:
Run vs Pass Breakdown Using Trident Model
This new metric is known in the S2A System as the Trident Model because it shows that there are three areas to attack a defense; in the box with a run, outside the box and behind the line of scrimmage with a pass, and down the field past the line of scrimmage with a pass. These statistics completely change the 2018 season at Emmett High School. The season now swung all the way back to favor run first play calling in all 9 football games. If runs are paired with behind the line of scrimmage passes as just one category, a run category, then there's a change per game in percentage of run plays called by the following: Columbia: + 14% Middleton: +30% Vallivue: + 16% Bishop Kelly: + 23% Ridgevue: + 10% Jerome: +17% Caldwell: + 19% Nampa: + 8% Kuna: +27% For instance, in the Ridgevue game the conventional way of doing run to pass balance says that Emmett High School was 53% run and 47% pass but once the Trident Model is applied the numbers change by a full 10% to 63% run and only 37% pass. These behind the line passes that are such a part of the S2A System are really just as safe as traditional runs and feature very similar blocking schemes to isolation and power plays but they are run 20 yards away from box defenders that are hard to block. The Trident Model makes Emmett High School a much more balanced football team by run to pass balance ratios.
Results of the Research The previously discussed data completely transforms the reality of the run to pass ratio for an S2A System member school. If the traditional model is applied then Emmett High School was a 39% to 61% run to pass balance football team that threw for 2,656 yards and rushed for only 736 yards. If however, the Trident Model is applied those numbers change drastically. Under the Trident Model the numbers for 2018 are that the offense was 55% to 45% run to pass a full 16% shift in the play calling. The offense also produced 2,083 yards of total passing offense with 1,309 yards of rushing when runs and passes behind the line of scrimmage are combined. This new and more modern evaluation of the statistical data makes the S2A System a more practical way to determine the true run to pass balance on a football team. When the offense features a Bubble Screen to the perimeter with two receivers cross blocking the offense is really executing a run play that is quite familiar; the two fullback isolation play. This Trident Model makes the statistical analysis much more relevant to what is actually being called in the games and allows the offense to be seen as much more rational in its run to pass balance and more traditional than was once envisioned.
Conclusion Offenses will continue to set records and record their yards based upon whether the ball was a handoff or a forward pass. However, this Trident Model that has been created in the S2A System is a useful and more practical way to analyze the effectiveness of one’s play calling. The Now Screen thrown 10 yards outside is really a run play and many coaches see it as just that. This model simply brings to light and illuminates the true nature of the offensive play caller’s intentions more than the physics behind whether the ball was handed off or thrown forward. Hopefully this system is useful and practical in breaking down your own offensive metrics and play calling tendencies.