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Hawks Good at Turnovers, But Can Do Better

Hawks Good at Turnovers, But Can Do Better


8/30/2022 - We know how important turnover margin is to winning in football, and the Hawks have been really good at it over the past few years

TeamRankings.com - Turnover Margin
2021: 5th (+0.9)
2020: 6th (+1.1)
2019: 17th (+0.7)
2018: 10th (+0.8)
2017: 26th (+0.5)
2016: 29th (+0.5)
2015: 8th (+0.9)

Most of this success is from interceptions, where Iowa has ranked very highly over these same years (except 2016):

TeamRankings.com - Interceptions Per Game
2021: 1st (1.8)
2020: 11th (1.4)
2019: 34th (0.9)
2018: 3rd (1.6)
2017: 2nd (1.6)
2016: 89th (0.7)
2015: 7th (1.5)

However, that doesn't mean Iowa can rest on its past success. Continuous improvement is they key, and a breakdown of the 2021 season can provide insights on what they are doing well (need to maintain), and where there may be more opportunities.

As an example, I found all the turnovers on YouTube (given up and caused) from the 2021 season, and categorized each as best as I could. This is similar to what I do in business consulting, where we look at errors or mistakes and put them into categories.

Here is a summary of the turnover data, along with my categorization. Click the link to watch the actual clip of the turnover, and see if you agree with my categorization.

Team

Opp

Turnover Type

Immediate Cause

Video Clip

Opp

Indiana

Interception

Bounced off receiver

https://youtu.be/n7AkeWl2iMg?t=120

Iowa

Indiana

Fumble

Stripped during tackle

https://youtu.be/n7AkeWl2iMg?t=493

Iowa

Indiana

Fumble

Contact with ball

https://youtu.be/n7AkeWl2iMg?t=951

Opp

Indiana

Interception

Anticipated pass from QB

https://youtu.be/n7AkeWl2iMg?t=561

Opp

Indiana

Interception

Forced pass into coverage

https://youtu.be/lEdouODmBK8?t=192

Iowa

Kent State

Fumble

Contact with ball

https://youtu.be/bsacNEbAp24?t=271

Iowa

Colorado State

Interception

Forced pass into coverage

https://youtu.be/yUMZsrcbWno?t=408

Opp

Iowa State

Interception

Underthrown Ball

https://youtu.be/hxsHZKRvFao?t=38

Opp

Iowa State

Interception

Bounced off receiver

https://youtu.be/hxsHZKRvFao?t=105

Opp

Iowa State

Interception

Deflected by player

https://youtu.be/WLqxdn1vIjI?t=6401

Opp

Iowa State

Fumble

Contact with ball

https://youtu.be/hxsHZKRvFao?t=94

Opp

Kent State

Fumble

Contact with ball

https://youtu.be/bsacNEbAp24?t=827

Opp

Colorado State

Fumble

Unforced

https://youtu.be/yUMZsrcbWno?t=557

Opp

Maryland

Interception

Forced pass into coverage

https://youtu.be/llcdaMilBr0?t=151

Opp

Maryland

Interception

Anticipated pass from QB

https://youtu.be/llcdaMilBr0?t=615

Opp

Maryland

Interception

Deflected by player

https://youtu.be/llcdaMilBr0?t=465

Opp

Maryland

Interception

Underthrown Ball

https://youtu.be/llcdaMilBr0?t=910

Opp

Maryland

Interception

Forced pass into coverage

https://youtu.be/llcdaMilBr0?t=1331

Opp

Maryland

Interception

Overthrown Ball

https://youtu.be/llcdaMilBr0?t=1502

Opp

Maryland

Fumble

Unforced

https://youtu.be/llcdaMilBr0?t=385

Opp

Penn State

Interception

Forced pass into coverage

https://youtu.be/kSRuZJhDkHY?t=56

Opp

Penn State

Interception

Forced pass into coverage

https://youtu.be/kSRuZJhDkHY?t=268

Opp

Penn State

Interception

Overthrown Ball

https://youtu.be/kSRuZJhDkHY?t=629

Opp

Penn State

Interception

Anticipated pass from QB

https://youtu.be/kSRuZJhDkHY?t=1172

Iowa

Penn State

Interception

Bounced off receiver

https://youtu.be/kSRuZJhDkHY?t=317

Iowa

Purdue

Interception

Bounced off receiver

https://youtu.be/LqxCH8AFQZw?t=39

Iowa

Purdue

Interception

Anticipated pass from QB

https://youtu.be/LqxCH8AFQZw?t=1034

Iowa

Purdue

Interception

Anticipated pass from QB

https://youtu.be/LqxCH8AFQZw?t=1088

Iowa

Purdue

Interception

Bounced off receiver

https://youtu.be/LqxCH8AFQZw?t=1124

Opp

Purdue

Fumble

Unforced

https://youtu.be/LqxCH8AFQZw?t=762

Iowa

Wisconsin

Fumble

QB stripped in pocket

https://youtu.be/w9WdE4C-B2o?t=233

Iowa

Wisconsin

Fumble

Unforced

https://youtu.be/w9WdE4C-B2o?t=326

Iowa

Wisconsin

Fumble

Muffed punt

https://youtu.be/w9WdE4C-B2o?t=407

Opp

Northwestern

Interception

Overthrown Ball

https://youtu.be/76Yt0nA8PMI?t=1114

Opp

Northwestern

Interception

Underthrown Ball

https://youtu.be/76Yt0nA8PMI?t=1260

Opp

Northwestern

Interception

Underthrown Ball

https://youtu.be/DJzZ-MhXntE?t=65

Iowa

Minnesota

Fumble

Stripped during tackle

https://youtu.be/JfsiAauQyyA?t=485

Iowa

Illinois

Interception

Anticipated pass from QB

https://youtu.be/ltDVxkWSKHE?t=551

Opp

Illinois

Interception

Overthrown Ball

https://youtu.be/ltDVxkWSKHE?t=1043

Opp

Illinois

Interception

Bounced off receiver

https://youtu.be/ltDVxkWSKHE?t=1161

Iowa

Nebraska

Fumble

Unforced

https://youtu.be/4lR1zwlZwmM?t=695

Opp

Nebraska

Fumble

Unforced

https://youtu.be/4lR1zwlZwmM?t=972

Opp

Nebraska

Interception

Anticipated pass from QB

https://youtu.be/4lR1zwlZwmM?t=1285

Iowa

Michigan

Interception

Bounced off receiver

https://youtu.be/i_aaUK11IiQ?t=1139

Opp

Michigan

Interception

Bounced off receiver

https://youtu.be/i_aaUK11IiQ?t=359

Opp

Michigan

Interception

Unforced

https://youtu.be/i_aaUK11IiQ?t=669

Iowa

Kentucky

Interception

Deflected by player

https://youtu.be/BXwQC0zYvVM?t=130

Iowa

Kentucky

Interception

Unforced

https://youtu.be/BXwQC0zYvVM?t=158

Iowa

Kentucky

Interception

Overthrown Ball

https://youtu.be/BXwQC0zYvVM?t=478

Opp

Kentucky

Interception

Underthrown Ball

https://youtu.be/BXwQC0zYvVM?t=350

Once the categorization is complete, we can create a Pareto chart to prioritize what is not going well (for turnovers given up), or what is working well (turnovers caused).

I created Pareto charts for Iowa caused interceptions and fumbles, and Iowa turnovers given up by interceptions and fumbles.

Let's start with Interceptions:

"Bounced off receiver" and "Anticipated pass from QB" are the top 2 reasons why the Iowa offense gave up an interception. If they focus on those 2 reasons, the key would be to have the QB practice keeping the ball under the chin of the receiver during practice, and making sure the QB is looking off the defenders, so they don't track the QB's eyes and anticipate the throw.

What's working well for the Iowa defense in causing interceptions is "Underthrown Ball" and "Forced pass into coverage." The defensive schemes and practice routines are leading to these type of interceptions, so they need to make sure not to let up on that. What we can learn from this data is that "Deflected by player" and "Unforced" are not generating many interceptions, so more time at practice could be spent on lineman getting their hands up during pass plays, and looking at new schemes to force poor passes by the opposing QB.

Let's take a look at Fumbles:

Fumbles given up by the Iowa offense come from a variety of reasons, and there weren't that many (only 8 last year), so I would conclude that they're doing a good job of not fumbling. We can also slice-and-dice the data in other ways, such as a breakdown by player.

3 fumbles were from Ivory Kelly-Martin, 2 from Tyler Goodson and 1 from Spencer Petras, Max Cooper and Nico Ragaini. Two of Kelly-Martin's fumbles occurred early in the season, and his playing time suffered greatly as a result. It's obvious that Kirk Ferentz values ball possession, and playing time for players that fumble is one way he tries to minimize that.

The Iowa defense only caused 6 fumbles in 2021, which means there is a lot of room for improvement. 4 of those fumbles I categorized as "Unforced" which is hard to plan for. There may be other causes for those fumbles, but these are not really a result of the defensive scheme or any individual effort. So you could say that only 2 fumbles were really caused by the defense all season.

Therefore, the biggest opportunity for Iowa to improve its turnover margin is to force more fumbles, since it's unrealistic to think they can force more interceptions.

A focus in practice should be to make more contact with the ball (once the player has been held up). I don't remember seeing that happen very much. No one seems to be trying to jar the ball loose, or trying to strip or rip the ball from the runner. We're also are not seeing many attempts to strip the ball and cause the QB to fumble during pass rushes. Those could be emphasized more during practice, and given as a reminder during the game. The defense has been excellent, and they do a great job with form tackling, but a little more effort on trying to cause a fumble could have huge benefits.

What do you think? Do you agree with my categorizations? What in this data stands out to you?

 

 


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