Introducing – Phil Molloy

I would like to introduce the newest “author” and final member of the team, Mr. Phil Molloy. Phil has been a fixture in APBA Football for several years and I consider him one of the finest innovator’s this game has ever seen. It was Phil who first created and posted the “Dice Range Calculator” that has been a staple of my replays for many years. Are you looking for an alternative for fumbles or new play boards for surprise on-side kicks, Hail Mary, and a variance for special team’s plays? Look no farther, just click on the “Phil Molloy” widget under the Categories section of the site. In the summer of 2013, I enlisted Phil’s assistance to create an innovation for the “Read Option”. I told him that I wanted it to be triggered off the inside run, work in conjunction with “fletch67” and require only one additional dice roll. Phil didn’t disappoint, in my humble opinion, it’s his finest innovation to date.

I’m so happy that Phil finally accepted my invitation. Phil’s life in the Australia is quite hectic, so he will contribute whenever his schedule allows him to. Whenever that time is, I know the APBA Football community will be the beneficiary.

 

“Read Option” Solution

It still remains to be seen if NFL defensive coordinators have solved the “Read Option” dilemma, however, thanks to Phil Molloy, APBA Football players now have a solution.  I asked Phil to create a system for solitaire play that was triggered off the “Inside Run”, worked in conjunction with “Fletch67” and only required one additional dice roll.  After a little back and forth, it was decided the system must provide a “quota” that accurately reflects real-time usage of the “Read Option” and the flexibility to work even if the Game Company gives more scramble numbers to reflect the additional runs from the option.   

So before we can simulate Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris executing the “Read Option” from our tabletop, we must establish the quota.  Using the “Read Option” tab, you must enter data into the following cells:

  • M2 – Total runs by QB per game (actual stats)
  • M3 – Scrambles by QB per game (actual stats or assumptions)
  • M4 – Designed bootleg runs by QB per game (actual stats or assumptions)
  • M6 – Pass attempts per game by QB (actual stats, not counting sacks or scrambles)
  • M7 – Total sacks sustained by QB per game (actual stats)
  • M8 – Total scramble numbers (26/27) from QB’s card

Using RG III as an example:

  • M2 – RG III averaged 8 runs per game
  • M3 – In accordance with an article from the USA Today, 70 of RG III’s 120 total runs were designed runs resulting in 50 QB scrambles (3 per game).
  • M4 –  I will leave this at “1” since APBA considers this a “Trick Play”
  • M6 – Pass attempts divided games played (393/15=26.2). Enter 26.
  • M7 – Times sacked divided by games played (30/15=2)
  • M8 – If APBA gives RG III five scramble numbers his quota would be “5”.  Four scramble numbers would be a quota of “7”.  Three scramble numbers would be a quota of “9”

Hypothetically, let’s say APBA gives RG III 5 scramble numbers (quota of 5) and he is facing a defensive unit with a run rating of 37.   Using the “dice chart” tab, the gamer would find column 5 from the quota per game (top row) and 37 from the run defense total (left-side) and locate the intersection to determine the dice roll (56-66).  Armed with this knowledge let’s go through the sequence of the “Read-Option” using the above RG III/Alfred Morris example.  In your mind’s eye, picture RG III calling an inside run for Alfred Morris, breaking the huddle and lining up in the “Pistol” formation.  If Fletch67 determines the defense is in “G’ alignment, RG III hands the ball off to Alfred Morris and the play result is determined by his card. If the defensive alignment is either “S” or “D”, roll the dice and if the result is 11-55 the defender maintains outside containment resulting in an inside run by Alfred Morris.  If the dice roll was 56-66, the defender crashed down the line of scrimmage resulting in RG III tucking the ball and running outside.   

I used this system during last night’s game between the 2011 Denver Broncos and New York Jets.  Tim Tebow’s card is unique (4-6-8-15-17-19) to replicate his style of rushing inside from the shotgun formation; however, he did have success running outside with the “Read Option”.  Tim averaged 8.7 carries per game in real-life, during last night’s replay he rushed 7 times (1 scramble, 2 called inside runs and 4 “Read Option” outside runs).    

I want to sincerely thank Mr. Phil Molloy for his time and efforts; I believe this is his greatest innovation to date and will enhance the gaming experience while maintaining realism.

Read Option Solution

Performance of “Dice Range Calculator” (Receptions)

The “mean” average of the difference between actual and replay statistics was 6.75.  This is an acceptable difference, especially since only a single dice roll is required to determine the intented receiver compared to potentially needing multiple dice rolls to identify a starting receiver using the locator columns.  In addition, compare the average of “Yards per Reception” to see the full benefit of using Mark Zarb’s “Yard per Catch” innovation.

 

Receiving

Player

Tm

Rec

Yds

Y/R

TD

           
Jimmy Graham NOR

45

674

14.98

5

Darren Sproles NOR

45

329

7.31

2

Greg Jennings GNB

42

677

16.12

5

Calvin Johnson DET

41

679

16.56

10

Steve Smith CAR

39

818

20.97

3

Roddy White ATL

39

425

10.90

3

Matt Forte CHI

38

419

11.03

1

Brandon Pettigrew DET

38

352

9.26

2

Jeremy Maclin PHI

37

489

13.22

3

Jason Witten DAL

36

449

12.47

3

Tony Gonzalez ATL

35

380

10.86

4

Hakeem Nicks NYG

32

508

15.88

3

Receiving:  

Rec

Yards

Avg.

Long

TD

Graham NOS

55

843

15.3

80

9

White ATL

50

572

11.4

48

3

S. Smith CAR

48

873

18.2

51

5

Johnson DET

41

779

19.0

73

10

Sproles NOS

39

270

6.9

65

1

Pettigrew DET

37

500

13.5

72

4

Gonzalez ATL

36

385

10.7

45

1

Nicks NYG

34

618

18.2

80

5

Witten DAL

34

510

15.0

70

5

G. Jennings GBP

30

396

13.2

55

4

Macklin PHI

27

356

13.2

33

2

Forte CHI

21

121

5.8

54

0

Phil Molloy Innovations

Phil Molloy is an avid player of APBA football who has created several outstanding innovations over the years. His dicerangecalculator offers a great alternative to the Locator columns (page B-13 of the Master game booklet) for determining receptions, interceptions and sacks.  This innovation renders outstanding results, speeds up replay time and accurately reflect substitutions and personnel packages used during the course of an actual game.  Just type names and statistics into columns A and B to generate dice roll numbers.  In the event of an injury and a reserve player (non-starter) is awarded the reception, sack or interception, refer to the “Substitution” table (tab located in new_plays) to determine which code number the reserve player was occupying prior to checking the injury table (B-19). For example, 1998 NY Jet’s reserve outside linebacker, Chad Cascadden, is awarded the sack; I will check the “Substitution” table to determine if he is at d6 or d7. 

Phil has created several new plays (QB sneak, Hail Mary, & surprise on-side kick), alternative for blitzing, and variances to special team’s plays (touchbacks, maximum rush to block a punt, & punts land within the 9-yard line) that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed for several years now.