I wrote a post earlier this year about the Chiefs and Target Aquisition. I wanted to revisit that post and see how through 11 games it might have been valid. I thought maybe Pie charts would make it easier to see the evolution of the Chiefs offense as the year has progressed.
Looking at what the Chiefs might do in Targeted attempts for the 2010 season. Dwayne Bowe 8-10 targets per game. ( averaging 5, but last 3 games 13,6,13 completions) Chris Chambers 7 targets per game. ( Well (*&(*^)*&^(*^*&^)(&^ ) The Tight Ends 5 targets per game. ( Tony Moeaki is averaging 3 catches in 2010 ) The Running backs 6 targets per game. ( Jamaal Charles is averaging 3 catches a game )
In the 1st Quarter of the Chiefs season, the Chiefs were able to run 240 plays from scrimmage. Of those 240 plays, Matt Cassel either threw bad passes, interceptions, spiked the ball, had a pass dropped, and/or bailed on a bad situation 48 times. A full 20 percent of plays available to the Chiefs were wasted. A full 50 percent of the Chiefs Offensive Targets were to Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. It was a good Quarter with a 3-1 finish.
The 2nd Quarter of the Chiefs season saw an increase in plays from scrimmage to 275 total snaps. Matt was able to decrease the wasted plays from the 1st quarters 48 to 41 in the second quarter, from 20% to 15% in all. Charles and Jones saw more targets with the increase in snaps from 120 to 155 touches and increased their total Offensive output to 56% of the Chiefs offense. The Quarter was still acceptable with a 2-2 record going into the seasons halftime.
The 3rd Quarter has yet to conclude but the Chiefs continue to expand the offensive snap count. The Chiefs have currently had 212 snaps and would project to 283 in the 3rd Quarter of the season. The wasted plays are creeping back up with 39 currently and projected would be 52, yet an interesting thing is happening. Dexter McCluster's injury and Tony Moeaki's concussion have pushed some prodution to an extraordinary place. Dwayne Bowe is now producing a full 15% of the available targets. Charles and Jones are combining for a 48%. You will notice that Charles and Jones have now reversed roles with Jamaal getting the bulk of the load that Jones was carrying in the 1st half of the season. Dwayne Bowe has caught 32 passes in the last 3 games compared to the 26 completions in the 1st 8 games. McCluster and Moeaki should continue to pick up (hopefully) any extra targets generated by an improving Offensive snap count going forward.