NFP: Net Field Position, (NFP) is the difference between the average starting field position for the team’s offensive possessions (OFP) and its opponent’s offensive possessions (DFP) measured in terms of yards from the end zone.
This is another area where FSU football regressed in 2016. The ‘Noles checked in at No. 90 nationally in regards to field position. The ‘Noles were No. 53 in 2015.
So basically, no big returns coupled with giving up big punt returns is the story here. Luckily, the FSU offense was No. 2 in the nation and helped offset terrible field position a great deal of the time.
However, this is an area that FSU will need to improve upon. The Orange Bowl game against Michigan is a prime example as FSU was near its own goal line for much of the second half.
Michigan’s punter had some booming punts that made the FSU offense work against a good defense for much of the game.
That resulted Michigan getting good field position on offense, and only having to move the ball 20 yards before they were in scoring range.
If FSU football had the ability to flip the field with good punts, FSU likely would have blown Michigan out.