I wanted to start a discussion some statistics I've been looking at concerning last year's offensive line and Cam, as well as the questionable play calling we did, basically to gain others personal interpretations of the stats and why they were the way they were and what do you guys think we will do to change it this year.
Cam was hit/sacked/hurried more than any other QB in the league last year. At times I thought he was being just plain in decisive, his lack of throwing the ball away, and lack of getting it out of his hands on time made me wonder if our QB coach is working with him as well as he should, and if our OC is picking the appropriate plays for our personnel and situations. The 49ers game still leaving a bad taste in my mouth, as welll as several other instances in which Cam doesn't progress through his reads fast enough or has to end up running for his life as a result of the play breaking down or line breaking down. A few key stats I found interesting:
Cam dropped back 555 times
He was hit as he threw 9 times. Tying for the league lead with Tom Brady and Joe Flaco, Brady and Flacco both however took over a 120 more drop backs than Cam.
He was sacked a total of 44 times (5th over all in league)
Our WR's dropped a total of 23 passes (21st over all in league) Relatively good given who we had catching, I wonder how well new WR crop will do. Avant has sure hands, as well as veterans. KB, however, is speculative.
Cam threw away the ball on 18 drop backs. (12th overall in league)
Cam's average yards per attempt 7.1 ( 17th overall in league)
Our current penciled in LT is Byron Bell
Last year he was graded responsible for 9 sacks, 6 QB hits, and 31 QB hurries
All 3 statistics are the top 5 WORSE in the NFL among starters.
Gross gave up 1 QB hit, and 21 QB hurries, finishing a grade of top 5 among tackles. This is scary.
I think what concerns me the most is how dependent our offense is on Cam being agile, durable, and able to take many hits. I think our main focus should be on limiting Cam's hits, hurries, and sacks, as they will begin to add up and take their tole. As well as anyone coming off of a surgery on their legs and limbs, they will need time to adjust and re acclimate their selves to the field. As shady as teams are about injuries these days who knows what the surgery might really have been a result of, maybe he wouldn't have needed it had he not been in duress so many times on so many pass attempts. I really hope our O line improves because we simply can't repeat our same success if it doesn't. I also hope a break out receiver some how emerges, a home run hitter, a person who can take it to the house when the ball is in their hand at any given moment, that potential is a game changer, and we haven't seen it since 2011/2012 Smith...even then he was much slowed down.
Edited by hdevonxz, 19 May 2014 - 12:53 PM.