Our SB Nation superfriend Zane Murfitt posted an interactive chart of the #NeverKick % over at CougCenter. NeverKick % is simply the percentage of going for it on fourth down versus kicking field goals or punting. The chart at the end of this post shows a team’s ranking against the other 128 FBS teams.
I highlighted Florida State here to illustrate how ultra conservative Jimbo Fisher looks compared to just about every other coach on fourth down. We know that being conservative on fourth down causes as much hand wringing as other major coaching sins like not running the dang ball or giving up 80-yard TDs on a slant. Ignore 2009 if you’d like (Jimbo was offensive coordinator at FSU then).
You will see that Fisher ranked in the lowly 120s just about every year as a head coach, going for it on 4th down as little as 5.62% of the time.


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