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Chiefs offensive snap decisions: Charcandrick West cuts into Spencer Ware’s workload

Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward and Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West talked during Sunday night’s game.
Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward and Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West talked during Sunday night’s game. The Associated Press

Here is the offensive snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 30-27 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, along with some thoughts from coach Andy Reid, personal observations and advanced stats. Snaps for the entire season are also listed.

KEY: “*” denotes starter. “R” denotes rookie. “C” denotes game captain. “INJ” denotes injury. “N/A” denotes the player was not a Chief at the time. “PS” denotes practice squad. “INA” denotes inactive.

QUARTERBACK

 
Player@DENTB@CARJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTPCT
Alex Smith* (C)875364INJ2952647563647162285.8%
Nick Foles000584500000010314.2%
Tyler BrayINAINAINA0INAINAINAINAINAINAINA00.0%

Analysis: Smith logged a full workload for the third straight game after sitting out against the Jaguars because of precautionary reasons (head/ear injuries). Smith was sacked six times and was under pressure 17 more, according to Pro Football Focus, and completed 4 of 11 passes for 28 yards and a touchdown on such snaps. His receivers were also plagued by a lack of focus, as PFF had the Chiefs with five drops, the second-most in Week 12 (the Bears had 10).

A sack was not a good way to start game-tying drive, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith says.

RUNNING BACK

 
Player@DENTB@CARJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTPCT
Spencer Ware*424141INJ2636405445363539654.6%
Charcandrick West3310204542148INJ14263324533.9%
Knile Davis102010N/AN/AINA7110314.3%
Jamaal CharlesIRIRIRIRINJ21510INJINJINJ273.7%

Analysis: Ware was the man last week against Tampa Bay, and while he still had the lion’s share of snaps Sunday, West cut into his workload significantly, which is something to monitor. Davis even matched a season-high in snaps; the other time he logged 10 came against Jacksonville, when Ware was forced to sit with a concussion. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Ware’s reduced workload had to do with the fact West, who has been battling injuries, has been feeling a little bit better.

RECEIVERS

 
Player@DENTB@CARJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTPCT
Chris Conley*875154515430387051546160182.9%
Albert Wilson59404641201195121414938853.5%
Tyreek Hill (R)5936393421181818127927137.4%
De'Anthony Thomas33910121112INAINAINAINA608.3%
Demarcus Robinson (R)0000000002020.3%
Jeremy MaclinINJINJINJ2654397360636538052.4%

Analysis: Maclin missed his third game, and Hill took a star turn. Despite logging 28 fewer snaps than Conley, Hill became the first rookie since Gale Sayers in 1965 to record a rushing, receiving and return touchdown in the same game. Thomas has seen his workload dip a tad in recent weeks, recording a total of six snaps the last two weeks after playing 54 in the five previous games.

FULLBACK/TIGHT ENDS

 
Player@DENTB@CARJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTPCT
Travis Kelce*874461436747557158556265089.7%
Demetrius Harris*302022303627361531192829440.6%
Anthony Sherman18841110111901010110214.1%
James O'Shaughnessy*83613149120100669.1%
Ross TravisINA417INAINAINAINA611612567.8%
Dontari Poe0000101000020.3%

Analysis: No receiver or running back on the offense has logged more snaps than Kelce this year. He had two drops this week, which marks the first time in his three-year career he’s dropped multiple passes in one game (according to PFF). Reid also adjusted his play-calling some to match the smash-mouth nature of the game; Sherman logged his most snaps in six weeks. “We came into this game knowing we wanted to run the ball,” Reid said.

OFFENSIVE LINE

 
Player@DENTB@CARJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTPCT
Eric Fisher*8753645874526475636471725100.0%
Zach Fulton*875364583316756364050469.5%
Mitch Morse*8753645874526475636471725100.0%
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif*8753645874526275INJINJ7159682.2%
Mitch Schwartz*8753645874526475636471725100.0%
Jah Reid7020100INJINJ6407410.2%
Bryan Witzmann0000INAINAINA000INA00.0%
Mike PersonINAINAINAINAN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A00.0%
Parker Ehinger (R)IRIRIRIR4252640INJINJ7122931.6%
Jordan DeveyPSPSPSN/AINAINAINAINA630PS638.7%

Analysis: Reid turned to backup offensive lineman Jah Reid for a little extra dose of power, as the Chiefs called six o-lineman sets a season-high seven times on Sunday. The Chiefs’ tackles, Fisher and Schwartz, faced a tough battle against arguably the league’s best group of edge rushers (the Chiefs are in that conversation, by the way), as Fisher surrendered a sack and four hurries while Schwartz surrendered two sacks and three hurries according to PFF.

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