ARE NFL FANS LISTENING TO TRUMP? WEEK 7 CROWDS HAD BIG HOLES AGAIN
BY TEDDY CUTLER ON 10/23/17 AT 6:25 AM
One reason fans aren’t bothering to show up on time for games is that the NFL’s offensive execution has appeared to be more inept this year: offensive production is down. The median team scored around 22.4 points per game for all of last year, while the median through the first 7 weeks this year is down to 21.2.
That doesn’t seem like much, but my vague impression is that usually first half of the season has stronger offensive performance than the second half of the season, perhaps due to warmer weather and fewer injuries.
This season seems particularly lacking in exceptional quarterback play. The median score for ESPN’s proprietary QBR rating of quarterbacks last full season was around 57 (on a 0 to 100 scale) and this year is down around 51.
QBR is a black box owned by ESPN, so perhaps they fiddled with the methodology this year. But, subjectively, it sure doesn’t seem like the passing game is getting better the way it seemed to improve almost annually in recent years since the pro-quarterback rule changes of previous decade.
Theoretically, the mediocre offense of 2017 could be due to a surge in great defense. Perhaps.
On the other hand, a nightmare scenario for the NFL is that Black Lives Matter racial discord is undermining team cohesion.