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  1. #16

    Re: What does "Bend but don't break mean"?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheSpiderWebb View Post
    This has pretty much been Pees' MO forever. Even when he was the DC for some pretty bad Pats D's they were usually among the top 10 in redzone defense. It's about being willing to give up plays in front of you, as long as you don't let them get behind you. Works best with a great offense that can pile up points, which we hopefully are moving towards.
    Good points. In defense of Pees, he never have the personnel to play an attacking defense and he made the best use of what he had to work with. Bend but don't break was the best option. It will be interesting to see what he does with the youth and speed he'll have this year.

  2. #17
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    Re: What does "Bend but don't break mean"?

    Quote Originally Posted by blah3 View Post
    Sometimes the bend don't break mentality is to play conservative and be less susceptible to the big play. That can go with not having the speed to cover all the open space as noted above. It can also be related to making the offense execute their offense without making mistakes for a longer period of time. So, you make then use 12 plays, hopefully they make a mistake, a missed pass, a stupid penalty....
    This, exactly.

  3. #18

    Re: What does "Bend but don't break mean"?

    There's a website called Cold Hard Football Facts which has a stat which they claim captures the essence of the 'bend-but-don't-break' defense, called bendability. It's actually very simple--they take the yards a defense allows and divide it by the points the team allows. Note--not the points the defense allows, all points allowed. They claim that doing it that way penalizes teams for giving up cheap points (pick-6s, kickoff return TDs, etc.). In any case, if an offense drives 80 yards on you, but they only get a FG, the bendability of your defense for that drive was 80/3 = 26.67 yards per point allowed. If they got a TD in the same scenario, it's 80/7 = 11.43 yards per point allowed. Clearly, a higher number is better.

    Their bendability rankings for 2012 are here:

    I don't know that I put a lot of stock into this being a be-all/end-all metric, but it is interesting. You can be good at this statistic by having a good defense, and/or by minimizing the amount of cheap points you give up. The way it works, a pick-6 (for instance) adds 7 points while adding no yards to the total, so you have zero bendability/infinite scoreability in that case. If your offense fumbles inside the 20 and you subsequently give up a TD, it's not zero bendability, but it's dang close. Nine of the top ten teams in this stat posted winning records for the season... and seven of those made the playoffs.

    FWIW... I always thought it was an interesting way of trying to capture the idea in an actual statistic.

  4. #19

    Re: What does "Bend but don't break mean"?

    Quote Originally Posted by redmike34 View Post
    they take the yards a defense allows and divide it by the points the team allows.
    That's a start, but it's skewed by big plays, which are the polar opposite of bending. An 80-yard pass play gives the same value as a 10-play, 80-yard drive. If they factored in # of plays and/or time of possession, they'd probably have a better measurement.
    I've upped my standards. Up yours.

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    Re: What does "Bend but don't break mean"?

    I think it's a euphamism for a team with a suspect defense that still manages to win anyway.


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