Monday, December 21, 2009

Football 301: Targets and Sacks - Week 15

The Best Day of the Dallas Cowboys Year? Quite Possible. Let's check out the target distribution charts and play the sack blame game for the trip to New Orleans.

Target Distribution:

Targets - Week 15 at New Orleans
NameTargetsCatchesYardsFD/TD/INT
Austin1371394/1/0
Witten85441/0/0
Phillips33402/0/0
Williams31141/0/0
Ogletree22231/0/0
Jones21101/0/0
Crayton11251/0/0
Barber11111/0/0
Hurd1160/0/0
Totals342231212/1/0

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If you have been a starter for 10 games, and 5 of them were for over 100 yards, 10 different games this season you have scored touchdowns, and you broke 1100 yards with 2 weeks to play, you might be a star WR on this team. Miles Austin has broken out like you would expect a #1 pick who has a $45 million dollar contract to do. Sorry, Roy Williams, but 1 100 yard game and less than 600 yards doesn't quite impress us that much.

Season Target Distribution To Date:
NameTargetsCatches%YardsFD/TD/INT
Witten1108174%83739/1/3
Austin1066561%113832/11/2
Williams813746%59221/6/0
Crayton583357%50716/4/1
Barber272177%1787/0/0
Bennett271555%1598/0/0
Choice221568%1327/0/0
Jones151280%824/0/0
Hurd11764%1323/1/1
Phillips7457%482/0/0
Ogletree66100%814/0/0
Anderson3133%50/0/
Totals47329863%3886150/23/7

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It seemed almost impossible early in the season, but by the end of the season, it is likely that Miles Austin will have more targets than Jason Witten. What a year. And, at what point do we start to look at the Ogletree catch percentage (100%) and begin to read meaning into it? And I believe that pass to Hurd in the 4th Quarter was the first ball thrown at him since the Seattle game in Week 8! After the first 4 weeks, you could make the case he was a bigger part of the offense than Austin, but that obviously has changed.



3rd Down Target Distribution:

3RD Down Targets - Week 15 - New Orleans
NameTargetsCatchesYardsFD/TD
Austin42452/0/0
Williams31141/0/0
Crayton11251/0/0
Witten1180/0/0
Totals95924/0/0

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Almost 100 yards of passing on 3rd Down alone is pretty strong on the road. It is still quite obvious on 3rd Down, Witten is not as big a player as he was. He is staying in to block more and when he goes out, you can count on the opposition staying on top of him.

3rd Down Targets - Season Totals
NameTargetsCatches%YardsFD/TD/INT
Witten292069%17411/1/0
Austin271556%2619/2/0
Williams26935%1518/0/0
Crayton181161%1299/0/1
Choice10770%603/0/0
Hurd5240%632/0/0
Bennett5120%151/0/0
Ogletree44100%583/0/0
Barber100%00/0/0
Jones11100%50/0/0
Phillips100%00/0/0
Totals1287055%90946/3/2

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SACKS

Sack #1 - 1/10/32 - 22 - Smith Sack #1



What Happened: 22 personnel, the Cowboys are going to run that waggle to the right to Witten, but the Saints seem to be sitting on it. Free blocks left, leaving the DE free (by design). We have seen Witten chip on him and then release in Philadelphia, but Witten sees that a chip is not needed since Grant seems to oblige Free to the left. Trouble here, Romo can find nobody open, so he has to get rid of the ball. Free is not great here, but this one is a QB-caused Sack.

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Sack #2 - 3/12/34 - S11 - Vilma Sack



What Happened: Jonathan Vilma gets this sack, but he is just cleaning up the mess. The sack happens because, as Millen points out, there aren't great options down the field - but more importantly because Andre Gurode is beaten badly in the middle of the line by 69 Anthony Hargrove. Once Hargrove wins there, Romo must step up and then Vilma cleans him up. Davis, Free, and Choice all won their blocks on the right, but the normally dependable center caused this one.

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Sack #3 - 1/10/28 - 22 - Smith Sack



What Happened: This 3rd and final sack was also in the 2nd Quarter. All 3 sacks were on 3 consecutive pass plays in the 2nd Quarter. So, credit the Saints with figuring something out, and then the Cowboys for making sure it stopped happening for the final 2.5 Quarters of the game. But, this is vintage Flozell on the edge getting beat by Will Smith. Smith is great at doing this, and Flozell hasn't allowed a sack since Green Bay, but he continues to build his lead on the rest of the OL for sacks allowed.

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The Rankings so far in Sacks Allowed among the OL: Adams - 7, Davis - 4, Gurode - 4, Colombo - 2, Free - 2, Kosier - 1.


WeekOpponentSackBlame
Wk 1TampaBarberRomo awareness
Wk 3CarolinaDavisAdams?
Wk 3CarolinaBeasonFelix/Colombo
Wk 4DenverDumervilAdams
Wk 4DenverHillGarrett?
Wk 4DenverWilliamsRomo
Wk 4DenverDumervilAnderson
Wk 4DenverHolidayAdams
Wk 5Kansas CityGilberryDavis/Choice
Wk 7AtlantaDeCoudDavis/Choice
Wk 7AtlantaNicholasAnderson
Wk 8SeattleHawthorneColombo
Wk 8SeattleHawthorneGurode
Wk 9PhiladelphiaParkerWitten
Wk 9PhiladelphiaBabinKosier
Wk 9PhiladelphiaJones???
Wk 9PhiladelphiaColeAdams
Wk 10Green BayCollinsWitten
Wk 10Green BayBarnettGurode
Wk 10Green BayMatthewsAdams
Wk 10Green BayBarnettBarber
Wk 10Green BayWoodsonAdams
Wk 11WashingtonGriffinDavis
Wk 12OaklandScottDavis
Wk 12OaklandScottFree
Wk 13New YorkRouseGurode
Wk 13New YorkSintimRomo/Garrett
Wk 14San DiegoSilerFree
Wk 15New OrleansSmithRomo
Wk 15New OrleansVilmaGurode
Wk 15New OrleansSmithAdams

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Archives:

Sacks and Targets - San Diego

Sacks and Targets - New York

Sacks and Targets - Oakland

Sacks and Targets - Washington

Sacks and Targets - Green Bay

Sacks and Targets - Philadelphia

Sacks and Targets - Seattle

Sacks and Targets - Atlanta

Sacks and Targets - Kansas City

Before Kansas City, the Sacks and Targets were part of the Football 301 posts.

2 comments:

Josh said...

One thing is for certain:

Kevin Ogletree or Sam Hurd could catch more than 41% of the balls thrown their way.

James said...

I don't think the most wildly optimistic Austin fan (that would be my dad, BTW) would have guessed in a million years that Austin would become the 3rd down go-to guy... but since he became a starter, Austin has more 3rd down targets than Witten.