The ball is at the opponentsâ€™ one yard line. Does the offensive coordinator call for a straight-ahead running play; power-football at itâ€™s best? Or does the team have some sort of play-action pass they think will surprise the defense? How about a fade route to a tall wide receiver? How does that offensive team navigate that last yard for a touchdown? Whatâ€™s the call?
With the focus on taller receivers, athletic tight ends and play-action, the calls at the one yard line have certainly changed in the NFL in the last several years. For example: In 2000, there were 311 plays at the one yard line. More than seventy-seven percent of those calls were for a running play; just under 23 percent were a passing play. This season (through Week #14) there have been 307 plays at the one yard line. Sixty-seven percent were a running play, while 33 percent were a passing play. The passing play at the one yard line has definitely become more of an option in todayâ€™s NFL.