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Chiefs QB Matt Cassel Still Not Throwing Deep

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Short Left Short Middle Short Right Deep Left Deep Middle Deep Right
Plays: 64 Plays: 46 Plays: 55 Plays: 5 Plays: 6 Plays: 10
NFL Rank: 7 NFL Rank: 5 NFL Rank: 27 NFL Rank: 32 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 21
Avg Gain: 4.64 Avg Gain: 7.20 Avg Gain: 5.16 Avg Gain: 9.80 Avg Gain: 17.33 Avg Gain: 6.70
NFL Rank: 27 NFL Rank: 18 NFL Rank: 19 NFL Rank: 17 NFL Rank: 8 NFL Rank: 28

The Kansas City Chiefs haven't exactly been passing juggernauts thus far in the 2009 season.  They're ranked 23rd in attempts and 27th in yards with a measly 970 yards passing over six games.  Not exactly intimidating, huh?

As you can see in the chart above, they don't pass the ball very deep and even when they do their success rate is inconsistent.  These numbers are a little surprising to me considering how often the Chiefs are put in third and long situations.

The Chiefs have had 85 third down attempts and passed the ball 70 times.  48 of those attempts have been longer than six yards, which is a time the team could do deep.  They have successfully converted only eight of those attempts.

These numbers jive with a similar statistical analysis we did earlier in the season. 

Some might argue that the Chiefs don't have the offensive personnel to go deep more often.  That may be true, but it should be noted that these numbers aren't much different from Cassel's numbers with the Patriots numbers last season, and the Patriots definitely have the personnel to go deep.

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Plays: 171 Plays: 112 Plays: 169 Plays: 28 Plays: 14 Plays: 39
NFL Rank: 8 NFL Rank: 11 NFL Rank: 19 NFL Rank: 25 NFL Rank: 28 NFL Rank: 11
Avg Gain: 8.67 Avg Gain: 5.61 Avg Gain: 6.48 Avg Gain: 5.57 Avg Gain: 12.71 Avg Gain: 7.69
NFL Rank: 1 NFL Rank: 30 NFL Rank: 2 NFL Rank: 31 NFL Rank: 18 NFL Rank: 24