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Snap count observations: Tackle-eligible plays a new wrinkle for Chiefs

Updated: 2013-11-21T21:19:20Z


The Kansas City Star

Here are some observations based on the snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 17-16 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Stats provided by the NFL.

*Here’s a fun little wrinkle: all five of the Chiefs’ starting offensive linemen played every single snap, yet backup tackle Donald Stephenson somehow logged three offensive snaps. What gives? Well, Stephenson was used as a tackle-eligible offensive lineman in some short-yardage situations.

What’s that? You want a quick recap of all of Stephenson’s three snaps? Sure!

1. In the first quarter, with the Chiefs facing a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Stephenson lined up to the left of left tackle Branden Albert on Jamaal Charles’ 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter. They ran away from his side.


2. In the fourth quarter, with the Chiefs facing a third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Stephenson lined up to the right of right tackle Eric Fisher. They again ran to the other side, though Charles was stopped for no gain.


3. On the very next play, Stephenson again lined up next to the right tackle. This time the Chiefs ran a fake to Charles and quarterback Alex Smith rolled to his right. Stephenson blocked for a second before he released as a receiver. He actually raised his hands to the air because he thought he was open.


Smith, of course, fired a pass a bit too late to tight end Sean McGrath, who was open. This would have been a touchdown had he delivered it on time, but credit McGrath for making a hell of a catch.


*The Chiefs used fullback Anthony Sherman much more this week, as he went from logging 18 snaps (29 percent) against Oakland to 34 (50 percent) against Houston. This seemed to effect receiver Dexter McCluster the most. He went from logging 42 snaps against Oakland (67 percent) to 26 (38 percent) against Houston.

*McGrath saw his workload decrease sharply due to the return of starter Anthony Fasano. While Fasano, who missed the previous four games with knee and ankle injuries, played 62 of 68 offensive snaps (91 percent), McGrath only played 27 (40 percent) after logging 89 percent of the snaps against Oakland.

*Rookie running back Knile Davis logged nine offensive snaps, the most he’s had since he logged the same amount against Philadelphia in week three. Prior to the Houston game, Davis had logged a grand total of 11 offensive snaps against Oakland, Tennessee and New York.

*We covered this in depth in our postgame notes, but running back Cyrus Gray logged one snap in the wildcat.

*Tight end Kevin Brock (14 offensive snaps vs. Oakland) and guard Geoff Schwartz (one offensive snap vs. Oakland) did not play on offense.


*Cornerback Brandon Flowers logged every single snap on defense after missing the Raiders game with a knee injury. When the Chiefs were in their base 3-4, Flowers started at his familiar left cornerback position. When they played nickel, emerging rookie Marcus Cooper took his spot while Flowers shifted inside to the slot. One can’t help but wonder if the Chiefs are trying to get Flowers reps there in preparation for their looming matchup against Denver and slot receiver Wes Welker, who is pretty ridiculous.

*Speaking of Cooper, he only logged 33 defensive snaps (59 percent) after logging every defensive snap (74) against Oakland.

*For the second time in three weeks, backup cornerback Dunta Robinson did not play even though he dressed. Robinson logged 55 percent of the defensive snaps against Oakland.

*Nose guard Dontari Poe suffered a sprained ankle against the Raiders last week but seemed to be back to his old self, logging 100 percent of the defensive snaps.

*Safety Bradley McDougald was inactive just one week after he logged 10 special teams snaps against the Raiders.

Pos., Name Off. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
LT Branden Albert68100%312%
vs. Oakland3657%
RG Jon Asamoah 68100%312%
vs. Oakland63100%414%
C Rodney Hudson 68100%312%
vs. Oakland63100%414%
LG Jeff Allen68100%312%
vs. Oakland63100%414%
RT Eric Fisher68100%312%
vs. Oakland63100%414%
QB Alex Smith68100%
vs. Oakland63100%
TE Anthony Fasano6291%
RB Jamaal Charles5885%
vs. Oakland6095%
WR Dwayne Bowe5581%
vs. Oakland5689%
WR Donnie Avery4972%
vs. Oakland5384%
FB Anthony Sherman3450%1352%
vs. Oakland1829%1862%
TE Sean McGrath2740%
vs. Oakland5689%
WR Dexter McCluster2638%416%
vs. Oakland4267%828%
WR Junior Hemingway 913%1872%
vs. Oakland914%2379%
RB Knile Davis913%
vs. Oakland12%
WR A.J. Jenkins69%
vs. Oakland46%
RT D. Stephenson34%312%
vs. Oakland2743%414%
RB Cyrus Gray11%1872%
vs. Oakland2379%
WR Chad Hall11%14%
vs. Oakland12%414%
K Ryan Succop728%
vs. Oakland931%
LS Thomas Gafford728%
vs. Oakland1241%
G Geoff Schwartz312%
vs. Oakland
Pos., Name Def. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
OLB Justin Houston56100%416%
vs. Oakland74100%27%
NT Dontari Poe56100%416%
vs. Oakland6385%27%
OLB Tamba Hali56100%416%
vs. Oakland74100%27%
ILB Derrick Johnson56100%416%
vs. Oakland74100%27%
CB Brandon Flowers56100%
vs. Oakland
S Kendrick Lewis56100%
vs. Oakland74100%
S Eric Berry56100%
vs. Oakland74100%
CB Sean Smith56100%
vs. Oakland7399%
DE Mike DeVito3868%416%
vs. Oakland4054%27%
CB Marcus Cooper3359%1352%
vs. Oakland74100%724%
DE Tyson Jackson3257%416%
vs. Oakland4561%27%
S Quintin Demps2341%1872%
vs. Oakland3547%1759%
ILB Akeem Jordan2341%1872%
vs. Oakland3345%2069%
DE Allen Bailey1323%312%
vs. Oakland2128%414%
S Husain Abdullah59%2288%
vs. Oakland1014%2483%
DE Anthony Toribio12%
vs. Oakland45%
CB Ron Parker2288%
vs. Oakland2379%
LB J. Johnson1872%
vs. Oakland2379%
LB Frank Zombo1872%
vs. Oakland2379%
LB Nico Johnson1352%
vs. Oakland2379%
DE Mike Catapano1040%
vs. Oakland57%27%
P Dustin Colquitt728%
vs. Oakland1241%
S Bradley McDougald
vs. Oakland1034%

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