Luckily, in the era of technology that we live in, we have almost unlimited resources, and the amount of information compiled clearly makes life easier. As always, there are trends that can be found statistically, which usually can be matched with the dominant teams of that time. So, here is a table of information gathered that spans the last 10 seasons of FBS offensive stats:
While completion percentage has gone down (due in no small part to the effort of defensive coaches to adjust to quick game and RPOs), yards per attempt are up: 37 FBS teams averaged 8 yards per attempt in 2017, compared to 25 ten seasons ago. Further, 43 teams averaged over 275 yards passing per game, as opposed to just 28 teams in 2008. Moreover, and even more telling, is that a whopping 42 teams in 2017 averaged 13 yards a completion, compared to 28 five seasons ago, and 25 teams five seasons before that. Teams are also throwing more touchdown passes than ever before - 43 teams threw for at least 25 TDs last fall.
Reports of the demise of the passing game have been greatly exaggerated. Which leads one to examine causes behind the fact that year after year - despite defenses becoming bigger, faster, and more complex - it is the offense that continues to improve. What are things that the best teams do that feature the next evolution of pass offense?
Creating More Explosive Plays
One way to accelerate the process is by featuring common elements; take, for example, the seam-wheel combination from a 5 man protection:
Better Utility From the Seam Read
Superior Play Packaging
The use of double move routes has expanded in the past ten years - the total evolution has gone from something used to "pick on" a susceptible defender to a means to attack an entire defense. As defenses become better pattern readers, their responses become more predictable, especially in strategic situations like the scoring zone:
Directing the QB
Because of the consistency with which Advantage Principles (not to be confused with Navigation Tags) are taught, a higher degree of execution can be extracted. The nuance of these principles should be closely examined; for example, our "9er" tag isn't simply based on a 1 high/2 high definition: