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

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11/21/2013 3:19 PM

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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.

stephenson3 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. Stephenson2 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. Stephenson1 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. McGrath1 *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. DEFENSE *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 Albert 68 100% 3 12%
vs. Oakland 36 57%
RG Jon Asamoah 68 100% 3 12%
vs. Oakland 63 100% 4 14%
C Rodney Hudson 68 100% 3 12%
vs. Oakland 63 100% 4 14%
LG Jeff Allen 68 100% 3 12%
vs. Oakland 63 100% 4 14%
RT Eric Fisher 68 100% 3 12%
vs. Oakland 63 100% 4 14%
QB Alex Smith 68 100%
vs. Oakland 63 100%
TE Anthony Fasano 62 91%
RB Jamaal Charles 58 85%
vs. Oakland 60 95%
WR Dwayne Bowe 55 81%
vs. Oakland 56 89%
WR Donnie Avery 49 72%
vs. Oakland 53 84%
FB Anthony Sherman 34 50% 13 52%
vs. Oakland 18 29% 18 62%
TE Sean McGrath 27 40%
vs. Oakland 56 89%
WR Dexter McCluster 26 38% 4 16%
vs. Oakland 42 67% 8 28%
WR Junior Hemingway 9 13% 18 72%
vs. Oakland 9 14% 23 79%
RB Knile Davis 9 13%
vs. Oakland 1 2%
WR A.J. Jenkins 6 9%
vs. Oakland 4 6%
RT D. Stephenson 3 4% 3 12%
vs. Oakland 27 43% 4 14%
RB Cyrus Gray 1 1% 18 72%
vs. Oakland 23 79%
WR Chad Hall 1 1% 1 4%
vs. Oakland 1 2% 4 14%
K Ryan Succop 7 28%
vs. Oakland 9 31%
LS Thomas Gafford 7 28%
vs. Oakland 12 41%
G Geoff Schwartz 3 12%
vs. Oakland
Pos., Name Def. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
OLB Justin Houston 56 100% 4 16%
vs. Oakland 74 100% 2 7%
NT Dontari Poe 56 100% 4 16%
vs. Oakland 63 85% 2 7%
OLB Tamba Hali 56 100% 4 16%
vs. Oakland 74 100% 2 7%
ILB Derrick Johnson 56 100% 4 16%
vs. Oakland 74 100% 2 7%
CB Brandon Flowers 56 100%
vs. Oakland
S Kendrick Lewis 56 100%
vs. Oakland 74 100%
S Eric Berry 56 100%
vs. Oakland 74 100%
CB Sean Smith 56 100%
vs. Oakland 73 99%
DE Mike DeVito 38 68% 4 16%
vs. Oakland 40 54% 2 7%
CB Marcus Cooper 33 59% 13 52%
vs. Oakland 74 100% 7 24%
DE Tyson Jackson 32 57% 4 16%
vs. Oakland 45 61% 2 7%
S Quintin Demps 23 41% 18 72%
vs. Oakland 35 47% 17 59%
ILB Akeem Jordan 23 41% 18 72%
vs. Oakland 33 45% 20 69%
DE Allen Bailey 13 23% 3 12%
vs. Oakland 21 28% 4 14%
S Husain Abdullah 5 9% 22 88%
vs. Oakland 10 14% 24 83%
DE Anthony Toribio 1 2%
vs. Oakland 4 5%
CB Ron Parker 22 88%
vs. Oakland 23 79%
LB J. Johnson 18 72%
vs. Oakland 23 79%
LB Frank Zombo 18 72%
vs. Oakland 23 79%
LB Nico Johnson 13 52%
vs. Oakland 23 79%
DE Mike Catapano 10 40%
vs. Oakland 5 7% 2 7%
P Dustin Colquitt 7 28%
vs. Oakland 12 41%
S Bradley McDougald
vs. Oakland 10 34%

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