The Briles Effect: Before and after numbers for Kendal Briles offenses in his first season.

As expected, Kendal Briles officially accepted the Florida State offensive coordinator position earlier this week. With the news comes hope that the Seminoles offense will see major improvements in 2019. The transition should be fairly smooth as Willie Taggart and Briles have spent time discussing concepts together in the past. A large part of Taggart’s Gulf Coast Offense comes from principles he learned from the offense Briles ran at Baylor.

While total yards and points scored are the easiest way to judge an offense, yards-per-play gives us a better understanding of how consistently successful and offense is. With that said, let’s see how Briles’ numbers stack up against the year before and the year after he held the offensive coordinator title at Baylor, Florida Atlantic and Houston.

Baylor yards-per-play:

2014 (year before Briles took over play-calling duties) – 6.3 YPP. Ranked 19th nationally.

2015 (Briles first season calling plays) – 7.1 YPP. Ranked first nationally.

2017 (first year post-Briles) – 5.2 YPP. 92nd nationally.

FAU yards-per-play:

2016 (year before Briles) – 5.5 YPP. Ranked 65th nationally.

2017 (Briles only year) – 6.7 YPP. Ranked sixth nationally.

2018 (first year post-Briles) – 6.1 YPP. Ranked 19th nationally.

Houston yards-per-play:

2017 (year before Briles) – 5.9 YPP. Ranked 39th nationally.

2018 (Briles only year) – 6.3 YPP. Ranked 12th nationally.

As you can see from Briles’ previous three stops, he not only improves offenses, he does it in a hurry. In his first year as offensive coordinator, his offenses have averaged the sixth best offense in the nation when it comes to yards-per-play. Those same offenses together ranked an average of 41st nationally the year before he arrived. The year after his departure, Baylor and FAU both saw drastic drops in offensive efficiency.

Briles’ seemingly instant success everywhere he goes is the main reason why he became Florida State’s highest-paid offensive coordinator in school history and he certainly has his work cut out for him in Tallahassee. In 2018, Florida State averaged just 4.8 yards-per-play. Good enough for 110th in the nation. Only six power five schools ranked worse.

There will certainly be factors that play a large role in the success of the offense that needs to be examined. Offensive line play will need to be greatly improved and that is being worked on through recruiting and potential transfers. Florida State also needs to figure out who their starting quarterback will be in 2019 as there is a chance that player is not currently on campus.

Briles will hope to have a clearer picture of what pieces he will have to work with this March when the Seminoles take part in spring football camp.


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