As I reported in my first post, I've been number-crunching our offensive plays starting from Game 5 versus the Browns. To date, I have Games 5 to 14 processed, or 10 in total. (I missed half of the snaps in our triumph over the Panthers due to internet problems, so I won't be able to break our last game down until someone posts a torrent that I can download.)
I've put together an Excel data base that consolidates the information from the Game Books; the marvelous Offensive Participation charts from the Steelers Depot website; and observations of my own. I was interested in analyzing the "impact" of our offensive playmakers, and thought that some of you may be interested in the results. We all know that Mike Wallace is explosive and Rashard Mendenhall is our primary back. But how often have they been on the field? And how often do they get their hands on the ball when they're out there? And what about our other playmakers?
[An apology: I can't seem to insert a Jump here no matter how hard I try. Those of you who read these posts on mobile devises are going to hate me. If a site Administrator could do so for me, that would be great.]
So here's our first chart, which shows information on our offensive playmakers (the RBs, WRs, TEs and, of course, Big Ben). We've run 650 offensive snaps during the 10 games I was able to analyze. We've had 336 pass plays, 285 runs and Big Ben has been sacked 29 times. Counting the sacks as pass plays, that means that our play selection has been 56 pass / 44 run.
|PASS PLAYS||RUN PLAYS|
|SNAPS||Snaps as % Plays||TAR||REC||YDS||AVG||ATTEMPTS||YDS||AVG|
Some notes on the table. Big Ben's 649 / 650 is not a typo and, no, he didn't miss a play when Suggs broke his nose, but he did stay out one play in Game 13 against the Bengals, in which Randle El took a snap out of the shot-gun formation and Wallace ran a reverse for a 12 yard gain. "Others" refers to pass plays in which Ben either spiked the ball or had a pass batted away at the line of scrimmage, so it wasn't possible to identify his intended target. There were 9 instances of "Others" during the ten games.
Participation by Snap:
Pass Play Analysis:
Run Play Analysis:
For all I know, I may be re-inventing the wheel here (those more familiar with the advanced stat sites on internet will probably let us know), but I put together a second table that shows total touches (defined as catches + running attempts), total yards per touch, relative targeting ("Target as % of Snaps"+ Touches as % of Snaps") and total targeting ("Target as % Off Plays" + "Adj Target as % Off Plays").
By "relative targeting" I mean: how often was a playmaker targeted when he was on the field? Let's take the case of Antonio Brown to illustrate this point. During this 10 game span, he was only in for 35 offensive snaps, but he was targeted 34% of the time he was on the field and 26% of the time he had a touch. The difference between the two? When he was targeted by Ben but didn't make a catch. Overall, he was the target on only 2% of our adjusted offensive snaps.
By "Adjusted" I mean when sacks are eliminated, considering that no one is a target on a sack play (well.... no one except Ben, but he's a "target" on a sack play for entirely different reasons....)
|SNAPS||TOTAL TARGETED||TOTAL TOUCHES||TOTAL YDS||YDS PER TOUCH||Target as % Snaps||Touches as % Snaps||Target as % Plays||Adj Target as % Plays|
On the other hand, the true measure of a playmaker is not how many times he gets his hands on the ball... but rather what he does with it when he has it. We'll never know, of course, but I tend to think that Heath Miller would have caught one of the last two incompletions that Ben threw into the end zone during the final 9 seconds against the Jets... Plus Heath is a great blocker.
Well, I've probably gone on long enough (I am clearly a disciple of the Momma Rollett school of prose, at least in terms of length, though probably not in terms of wit), so I'll wrap up now. Any and all comments are appreciated.