PFF Reaction Blog: Week 7
We’ve been doing the Stat and Snap Report for the past two weeks, but we figured we could do more. So we’re upgrading to a Live Reaction Blog similar to what we were doing during the free agency period.
What will change and what will we be providing? In short, more…
• Information on the highest-rated players from each team in every game.
• Unique snap numbers including looking at how many routes a receiver runs.
• Some of the unique PFF stats including which defensive players are getting pressure, which offensive players are giving it up and how a quarterback fares under pressure.
• Formation analysis including which teams are running the most multiple receiver sets.
• Reaction to all the breaking news out there, for example: if a team loses a player we’ll offer some insight on who could be asked to step up and whether a team can recover.
Of course this is only a smidgen of what you get in PFF Premium but we want you to know what’s available and get something out of the countless hours our team puts in to breaking down games. So bookmark the page and click back every 30 minutes because we’ll be updating at regular intervals, as well will with our Twitter Page.
20:10 Steelers @ Bengals Numbers In
– The Steelers’ three highest-graded performances were by Mike Adams (+3.9), Ben Roethlisberger (+3.4) and Jonathan Dwyer (+3.1).
– It was a day for the good Ike Taylor. He was in primary coverage on two throws and allowed just one reception for 8 yards despite trailing A.J. Green.
– After seeing 16 snaps against the Titans, Cameron Heyward saw his playing time drop to just seven snaps. That’s the third time this year he’s failed to make double digits.
– The three highest graded Bengals were Clint Boling (+2.4), Michael Johnson (+2.2) and Kevin Zeitler (+1.9)
– Andy Dalton completed only two passes over 10 yards in the air the entire game.
– Andrew Hawkins was on the field for 40% of the Bengals’ offensive plays, ran just 18 pass routes and was targeted just twice.
19:20 Cowboys @ Panthers Numbers In
– Three highest-graded players for the Cowboys were Nate Livings (+3.9), Tony Romo (+2.8) and Morris Claibourne (+2.2).
– Miles Austin managed 2.94 yards per route run. Dez Bryant just 0.47.
– The Cowboys went to their three-receiver packages on 28 out of 69 offensive plays.
– The three highest-graded Panthers were James Anderson (+2.3), Cam Newton (+1.5) and Jordan Gross (+1.5).
– The defense managed just nine hurries of Tony Romo all game.
– Carolina once again went wide receiver heavy. They ran three-receiver sets on 61.5% of plays.
18:55 Signature Stat Teaser
– Antonio Cromartie gave up 0.39 yards per snap in coverage this week (with an assist from the normally sure handed Brandon Lloyd). At the other end of the scale Eric Wright gave up 3.87.
– Of the 36 routes Randall Cobb ran, 31 were from the slot where he picked up six receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
– Bobby Massie and D’Anthony Batiste combined to give up 16 quarterback disruptions this week.
– Joe Flacco completed just 33.3% of passes when he was under pressure.
18:33 Chris Kelsay Calls Out Bills – Our Take
Strong words from Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay who clearly isn’t happy with the performance of the defense. His grade of -2.5 has hardly set the world alight but we’ve come to expect that from him. Instead the bigger disappointments have to be seen as Mario Williams and Marcel Dareus with Mark Anderson on the shelf. Those three have combined for a -22.2 grade this year, and they even got to pad that somewhat against a woeful Cardinals front. The only bright spots on the line have been the return of Kyle Williams who has been a one-man wrecking crew at times, and the surprising impact Kyle Moore has had rushing the passer. He’s provided a nice change of pace while picking up 12 quarterback disruptions on just 48 pass rushes.
17:55 Chris Gamble placed on Injured Reserve
It’s not getting any easier for the Panthers. Their stud cornerback Chris Gamble has had his season cut short due to a shoulder injury. He had the lowest yards per snap in coverage of all cornerbacks before his injury at just 0.45. Captain Munnerlyn has returned to the starting lineup, with Josh Thomas coming into their nickel package at left cornerback.
17:42 Sergio Kindle Update
The former second rounder was cut by the Ravens and now finds himself on their practice squad. Yep that’s right. A second rounder on the practice squad. No team was prepared to take a chance on Kindle who managed 15 snaps last year and just 12 this year before he experienced the waiver wire process.
17:30 Jason Pinkston Placed on IR
Sad news for Browns fans and we here at PFF wish Jason Pinkston a speedy recovery as he deals with blood clots on his lungs. Pinkston had been much improved in 2012 and has been replaced by John Greco who looks to be taking this opportunity and then some. He’s graded at a +8.9 in just 117 snaps after making the Team of the Week 6, and on course to do the same this week.
16:45 Titans @ Bills Numbers Are In
– The three highest-graded Titans were Kamerion Wimbley (+3.6), Chris Johnson (+3.3) and Michael Roos (+3.3).
– By virtue of missing nine tackles, the Titans have now missed 44 in their last four games. Ugly.
– Karl Klug was only on the field for six defensive snaps. His playing time is dropping on a week by week basis.
– The three highest-graded Bills were Kyle Williams (+3.9), C.J. Spiller (+3.3) and Andy Levitre (+3.0).
– Mario Williams stats from the game: 57 snaps (33 of which were pass rushes) for zero hurries and just the one tackle. 42 of his snaps were on the left side, with 15 on the right.
– The Bills used three-receiver sets on 85.9% of all offensive plays.
16:05 Saints @ Bucs Numbers Are In
– The three highest-graded Saints were Drew Brees (+6.4), Lance Moore (+4.6) and Brian De La Puente (+3.6).
– Drew Brees completed a quite robotic 10-of-12 on passes over 10 yards in the air for 265 yards and two touchdowns.
– All of Jonathan Vilma’s 19 snaps came in the Saints nickel package where he earned a +1.0 grade and broke up a pass.
– The three highest=graded Bucs were Gerald McCoy (+4.0), Vincey Jackson (+3.5) and Doug Martin (+3.0).
– Lavonte David was the only member of the Bucs who didn’t play in the secondary to play every snap.
– Vincent Jackson managed a quite ridiculous 5.02 yards per route he ran.
15:45 Charles Woodson Injury!
Big news and it isn’t good if you’re a Packers fans. Charles Woodson is out for, estimates have it, six weeks after breaking his collarbone. Ouch. Woodson has hardly been a raring success since moving to safety while still occupying an early down nickel role, but it will mean a set of safeties who have gotten a lot of playing time recently will get a real test in trying to fill in. Jerron McMillan would seem an obvious replacement, thus expanding on his sub-package role where he has excelled (+6.1). Indeed when Woodson went down it was him that filled in, but the Packers have also been finding ways to get M.D. Jennings on the field. As much as his talent on the field, the versatility of Woodson will be missed.
15:40 Browns @ Colts Numbers Are In
– The Browns three highest-graded players were John Greco (+5.1), T..J. Ward (+2.9) and Kaluka Maiava (+2.5).
– Brandon Weeden completed only 1-of-8 balls thrown over 20 yards in the air. Of course there was big drop we can’t forget about (though it was the only drop on the day).
– Cleveland defensive tackle Billy Winn had to play 83% of all defensive snaps after injuries crippled the interior.
– The Colts three highest-graded players were Dwayne Allen (+4.0), Jeff Linkenbach (+3.4) and Tom Zbikowski (+3.4).
– A mixed day for Jerraud Powers. He walked away with stats allowing 4-of-9 for 68 yards and a touchdown. However, he did break up two passes.
– Dwight Freeney didn’t drop into coverage once. He has done so only nine times this year.
Click Below For Earlier in the Day
15:00 ReFocused Alert!
And it’s a good one. PFF Founder Neil Hornsby had a lot of fun breaking down the Giants and Redskins, and takes a look at some of the key performances here.
14: 30 Signature Stat Teaser
One of the great things we do at PFF is create a boatload of our own statistics to go beyond the normal box scores to give more context to numbers. Take these nuggents
– RG3 completed 80% of his pass attempts when under pressure. Of course three of those plays resulted in sacks and another one was a throwaway so his adjusted accuracy percentage would be 100%.
– Both Alex Smith and Joe Flacco have this week failed to complete any of their attempts over 20 yards in the air (both had two).
– 24 of Christian Ponder’s 58 yards came after the catch.
13:36 ReFocused: Cardinals @ Vikings
Want some more detail on this game. Like how the Cardinals rushing attack forced the Vikings into missing 17 tackles? Or where Ponder and Skelton really messed up? Well click right here for a breakdown of the game.
14:00 Chris Williams Signs with Rams
So maybe the Rams weren’t all that impressed by Shelley Smith. They’ve just gone and signed Chris Williams, one of the bigger first round busts in recent memory. Williams managed six snaps for the Bears this year but their plan to get the best out of him in a competition failed as much as some of the blocks Williams put on defenders over the years. After performing poorly in 2010 and 2011 (combined grade of -22.6) Rams fans must be hoping that their coaching staff can do to him what they’ve done to Wayne Hunter and Barry Richardson. Making the really bad, not quite so bad.
13:10 Blessing in Disguise?
Injuries are never a good thing, but when Adam Snyder went down it gave the Cardinals a chance to look at Rich Orhnberger. The former Patriot responded well, giving up just a hit and a hurry on 32 pass blocks while earning a positive grade in the run game. That’s a marked improvement on Snyder who remains our lowest ranked guard in the league despite his 27 snaps on Sunday being his most impressive performance as a Cardinal to date.
12:45 Signature Stat Break
We’ve been busy working a way on games all day so we’ll take a five minute break to drop some of the most interesting signature stats from Week 7 on you.
– Our Accuracy Percentage signature stat works on a hypothetical basis. What if drops were completions. What if spikes, throw aways, batted passes and hit as throwns were excluded. Well if they were Mark Sanchez would have had an 80% completion percentage.
– Antoine Winfield made a defensive stop on 11.5% of the run plays he was in on.
– Logan Paulsen picked up a healthy 2.81 yards per route run after seeing an increased role in the teams passing game.
– After picking up 10 combined sacks, hits and hurries Brian Robison walked away with a Pass Rushing Productivity score of 22.9. Got to love those Arizona Cardinals offensive tackles.
12:30 Robiskie works out with Bengals
Apologies for the break. Lunch time in the PFF offices. In any casewe’ve come back to news that Brian Robiskie had a workout with the Bengals. The former Brown managed 826 snaps during his time with Cleveland as he made himself an integral part of one of the worst wide receiver groups in recent memory. Hard to see how Cincinnati, with some talent and potential at the position, could find a role for him but stranger things have happened.
11:45 Cooley Re-signs with Redskins
Who saw that coming? In a complete shocker Chris Cooley is back with the Redskins after Fred Davis went down for the year with an achilles injury. Cooley was always a productive player for Washington, rarely coming off the field and posting a respectable 1.51 yards per route run in 2010. Still he’s missed all of this year, most of last, and a large part of 2009. Can he be counted on or is the Logan Paulsen show about to start?
11:30 Snap Numbers from Browns @ Colts
– Cleveland defensive tackle Billy Winn had to play 83% of all defensive snaps after injuries crippled the interior.
– With Trent Richardson limited to 29% of plays, the Browns offense put three receivers on the field on 43.5% of all plays, while another 11.3% was spent with four wide receivers on the field.
– In the battle for tight end snaps Dwayne Allen bested Coby Fleener by 63 to 37. What’s more interesting is he ran five more routes than Fleener with his 21.
– Dwight Freeney dropped into coverage zero times. He’s done so just nine times this year.
10:57 Credit to Kerley
Amidst all the disappointment in the Jets defeat, there were many things to be encouraged by. Mark Sanchez clearly recognizes that Jeremy Kerley is one of them, stating that he ” finds a way to get open”. Yes he does and it showed up against the Patriots to the tune of a +1.4 grade that helped Kerley maintain his high yards per route run numbers. With six games of Week 7 analyzed his 2.53 YpRR for the season is the seventh highest mark of all wide receivers.
10:40 Quinn Ojinnaka Cut!
Journeyman offensive liner Quinn Ojinnaka has tweeted that his time in St Louis is over. No real surprise after his rough start to the year (-9.5) where he gave up three sacks, four hits and 11 hurries before Shelley Smith replaced him in the starting lineup for the Packers game. The 187th pick from the 2010 NFL draft never got on the field as a Texan but put forth an impressive showing against Green Bay on his way to a +1.3 grade with just one hurry surrendered.
10:20 WAS @ NYG Numbers Are In
– The three highest graded Redskin players are Trent Williams (+4.1), Chris Chester (+3.9) and in a tie Robert Griffin III and Logan Paulsen (+3.3).
– The Redskins spent 46.5% of plays with just one receiver on the field (from earlier)
– The Redskins fumbled the ball (three times) more than they forced missed tackles (1)
– The three highest graded Giants players were Eli Manning (+3.2), Kevin Boothe (+2.7) and Martellus Bennett (+2.5).
– Victor Cruz picked up 3.2 yards per route he ran.
– The Giants spent 48.4% of all offensive plays with at least three receivers on the field, twice using the rare four receiver set.
10: 05 Panthers Fire General Manager!
Something had to give as for weeks now it has seemed that the front office and coaching staff have been on different paths. Indeed, while Carolina built an offense to run the football, they’ve instead decided to open things up, running three wide receiver sets on 64.9% of all offensive plays this year compared to 47.2% last year. When you factor in the big new deals for Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and the signing of Mike Tolbert … well all was not right. In the end Marty Hurney is the man to pay for it but we’d question why they weren’t playing to their strengths on offense.
09:30 ARZ @ MIN Numbers Are In!
– The three highest graded Cardinals players were LaRod Stephens-Howling (+3.8), Daryn Colledge (+3.7) and Rob Housler (+1.5).
– The Cardinals tackles this week managed to give up three sacks, one quarterback hit and 12 quarterback hurries. They’re on pace to give up 215 quarterback disruptions on the year between them.
– John Skelton didn’t throw one ball over 20 yards the entire game. He completed 5-of-10 between 10 and 19 yards in the air for 89 yards and an interception.
– The three highest graded Vikings were Antoine Winfield (+4.9), Brian Robison (+3.9) and Kyle Rudolph (+3.4) by virtue of his excellent work run blocking.
– 104 of the 153 yards Adrian Peterson managed came after contact while he also forced five missed tackles.
– Minnesota ran three wide receiver sets on just 20.8% of plays.
It’s not even 9am and we’ve already wracked up 1,500 words. It’s going to be a long day giving you all sorts of nuggets, factoids and reaction you simply can’t get anywhere else. There’s plenty more to come as games are getting analyzed think and fast. Get in touch with @PFF and tweet us what things you’d like to see in this blog going forward.
08:23 Signature Stat Numbers
Here’s a teaser of some of the unique signature stats you can get on Pro Football Focus.
– Aaron Rodgers had a 155.8 QB rating throwing to Jordy Nelson and a 152.6 rating throwing to Randall Cobb this week.
– Joe Flacco had a 4.5 QB rating throwing to Torrey Smith.
– Austin Howard gave up seven combined sacks, hits and hurries on 45 pass blocking snaps.
– J.J. Watt managed two defensive stops, a hit, a hurry and two batted passes this week.
07:46 Injury Update: Chad Rinehart
With Kraig Urbik out since playing 17 snaps in the Week 4 loss to New England, Rinehart had stepped in and performed admirably. Sure he wasn’t matching the level of Urbik whose performance had propelled himself to 11th overall in our guard rankings, but he hadn’t proved a liability with a +2.9 grade in his 134 snaps on the year. Urbik was still nursing a high ankle sprain, but with Coach Chan Gailey confirming the Rinehart injury as serious, we could see the Bills rush the former Steelers draftee back. Otherwise we’ll get an extended look at Sam Young who had just 26 career snaps before replacing Rinehart in the second half of the defeat to Tennessee.
07:25 NYJ @ NE ReFocused Is Up!
See how good our staff are? They sacrifice sleep to get games up as soon as possible. Well congratulate Ben Stockwell by reading his ReFocused article on the Jets heartbreaking loss to New England. This overtime cracker saw Chandler Jones taught a lesson as D’Brickashaw Ferguson proved some of the doubters wrongs, the Patriots linebackers stepped up in a big way and how Tom Brady exposed the Jets secondary when it was needed most. Just click here and you’ll get all this more broken down.
07:11 Catch Up
For fans of the Seahawks and 49ers, check out how we broke down the action from Thursday Night Football. You remember the game, right? Where the 49ers offensive line dominated the Seattle defense in a way that none of us really saw coming. The ReFocused article for that game is right here which is where you can find all of our other ReFocused articles as they go live.
06:22 GB @ SL ReFocused Is Up!
The first ReFocused article of the day is up where Sam Monson looks at how Robert Quinn made life hard for Marshall Newhouse, Sam Bradford disappointed and Janoris Jenkins found out how hard life in the NFL can be against some of the best. Click here for the full piece.
05:58 Jets @ Patriots Numbers are In!
– The Jets three highest graded players were D’Brickashaw Ferguson (+4.1), Nick Mangold (+3.2) and Antonio Cromartie (+2.4).
– Tim Tebow managed 5 snaps but what about the rest of the offense? Well Stephen Hill led receivers by running 46 routes (the same number as tight end Dustin Keller), which was one more than Jeremy Kerley managed. Chaz Schillens managed 22, while Jason Hill was a just 6.
– Kudos to Mark Sanchez who went 10-of-14 for 200 yards on balls thrown over 10 yards in the air. He was averaging 109 yards per game heading into this game.
– The three highest graded Patriots players were Rob Ninkovich (+4.0), Sebastian Vollmer (+3.8) and Tom Brady (+3.7).
– Kyle Arrington broken up two passes but also allowed the other seven balls into his coverage to be complete for 94 yards. Mixed day.
– New England didn’t bring out a four tight end package but did roll with their three tight end set on 20% of all offensive plays. Naturally Rob Gronkowski led the tight ends in snaps (96%), Aaron Hernandez (71%) was second, while Daniel Fells managed 18 snaps to the three of Michael Hoomanawanui (who spent all of his snaps atfull back).
05:36 Fred Davis Injury Reaction – The Consequences
However you shape it, losing Fred Davis is a big blow to the Redskins. He walked into the Giants game with a +3.0 grade and was sixth of all tight ends in terms of receiving yards. The obvious conclusion to draw is that Washington will make a phone call the way of Chris Cooley and his agent though there hasn’t been much recently from Cooley to suggest he’s the player he once was. However it plays out the Redskins laid their cards on the table as even when Davis went down they didn’t turn away from their two tight ends sets. Indeed Niles Paul managed a season high 38 snaps after mustering up 87 through the first six games. This was in large part due to the Redskins spending 57.4% of their plays in either 12 or 22 personnel after Davis went down.
05:15 Snap Numbers from WAS @ NYG!
– With Pierre Garcon out, Leonard Hankerson becomes the clear number one guy. He played 94% of snaps including all bar one passing play.
– The Redskins spent 46.5% of plays with just one receiver on the field.
– Concerned about Ahmad Bradshaw and his snap count? Don’t be. He was at a healthy 77% of all Giants offensive plays in this with Andre Brown at 25% (the two appeared on one play together with 6:47 to go in Q2).
– Osi Umenyiora played a season low 49% of snaps.
04:30 Packers @ Rams Numbers Are In!
– The three highest-graded Packers were Aaron Rodgers (+6.3), Jordy Nelson (+2.8) and Randall Cobb (+2.5).
– How many routes did the Packers receivers run? James Jones led the way with 42, followed by Nelson (40), Cobb (38), Donald Driver (9) and Jarrett Boykin (1).
– In his first career start Casey Hayward gave up 4-of-10 for 91 yards with one interception while earning the highest grade of any Packers defender.
– The three highest-graded Rams players were Robert Quinn (+4.3), Michael Brockers (+3.6) and James Laurinaitis (+3.3).
– After destroying the Cardinals’ offensive line, the Rams didn’t have quite the same success in this one when it came to rushing the passer. They managed just 10 combined sacks, hits, and hurries with six of those courtesy of Quinn.
– Four times Sam Bradford threw deep and outside the left numbers only to record no completions and one interception.
04:00 Ravens @ Texans Numbers Are In!
– The three highest grades for Baltimore Raven players (minimum 20 snaps contribution) are Marshal Yanda (+3.9), Ray Rice (+2.1) and Dannell Ellerbe (+2.0).
– The numbers do not lie. Including plays nullified by penalty Terrell Suggs was on the field for 55% of the Ravens’ defensive snaps. What did he do in those snaps? 18 were spent in run defense, 20 rushing the passer while he dropped into coverage six times. When he did rush the passer he picked up a sack, hit, and hurry (along with a batted pass) to pick up the teams second-highest pass rush grade.
– In the weekly battle for playing time between tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, the Ravens playing from behind meant Pitta was a clear winner. He was on the field for 43 snaps compared to the 31 of Dickson, while running 20 more routes (37 in total) than Dickson who just so happened to stay into pass protect on six plays (whereas Pitta was just at one).
– The three highest graded Texan players were J.J. Watt (+4.5), Glover Quin (+3.1) and Andre Johnson (+2.9).
– The offensive line rotation continues in Houston. Seven different linemen saw at least 34 snaps with Antoine Caldwell and Ben Jones rotating at right guard, and Derek Newton and Ryan Harris flipping at right tackle.
– How about that groin injury of Johnathan Joseph? He allowed 5-of-10 balls into his coverage to be complete for just 48 yards in addition to his pick six (and two penalties it should be noted).
03:23 Welcome times!
And the blog is underway. We already have four games worth of player participation data in so stay tuned to find out how many times Terrell Suggs was on the field (and what he did), how many routes the Packers’ wide receivers ran, and just what kind of formations the Patriots used in squeezing out a win over the Jets.