This fanpost started because of an interesting tweet I saw which I shared in a fanshot. After talking with the guy how tweeted it, I found out there was some miscalculation in his tweet but the overall analysis was correct. Basically, our TE's were crap last year statistically. I wanted to take a look and see what the stats said and see if Tony Moeaki was as bad as people stated. Now before I begin I need to tell you where I got my information:
Also note that the Football Guys website states that Cassel/Quinn had 475 attempts (targets) but when I added up every player's targets I got 461. If anybody can find out where the other 14 targets came from I would appreciate it. Because of this I used the 461 number.
So, what do the stats show about our TE group, especially Tony Moeaki? Well, out of 461 total team targets, the TE position was targeted only 69 times which accounts for 15% of the targets. That is awfully low in my opinion though I don't have league wide stats to compare it to. Interestingly enough, 56 of those 69 targets were to Tony Moeaki which accounts for 81% (his number, lol) of the groups targets. Now, looking at the other members of the group you notice that there wasn't really anybody else to throw to but you do see that Tony Moeaki was the primary target. His 56 targets are good for 3.7 targets a game.
Tony Mo. had 33 receptions out of those 56 targets which is good for 59%. Of those 33 receptions, 24 went for first downs which means that 73% of his catches were for first downs. That is awesome and should be utilized more. He also averaged 13.7 yards per catch. So, this brings up a question: Was Tony Mo's "disappearance" due to him or the QBs?
Personally I think it has a lot to do with the QB's/playcalling. The WR core was the most targeted group (as it should be) with 64% of the targets. However, the second most targeted group VIA PASS was the RB group with 21% of the targets. The TE group it appears was used more for blocking OR wasn't thrown to very often. Without looking at tape (which if somebody is able to should go do) I can't tell if Tony Mo. was open and wasn't thrown to or wasn't getting open. I have a feeling that it is a mix of the first with the lack of plays calling for a pass to the TE. What I want and expect to happen this next year is a much larger percentage of targets to the TE group, especially with 3 TEs that have very good hands.
So, to summarize my post:
1) Tony Mo. produces when he actually gets his hands on the ball.
2) Playcalling last year...lol
3) Our TE group this next year should be better because it can't really be much worse than last year.
What do you guys think?