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: March 14, 2009, 03:48:17 PM

While sifting through different stats & sites that break down stats I came across what Brian Burke of advancedstats.com is coining as “Air Yards”. To get to the hidden stat within the game of football he subtracts the total number of YAC yards a team generates throughout the course of a game or season from the total number of passing yards to come up with his “Air Yard” stats. So after tracking down the necessary stats to run the equation, I have also broken down the percentage of YAC Yards & Air Yards per team then came up with the adjusted average for the entire NFL.

Also in the chart you will find Yards per completion through the air for each team along with YAC yards per reception and TD’s per completion.

While many fans were hoping the team would swing a trade for Matt Cassel, he was one of only four quarterbacks who relied on his receiving corps for more then 50% of his total yards and was the most dependent of all with 57% of his total yards coming in the form of YAC. Where as Eli Manning was the least dependent on his receiving corps as only 37% of his total yards came in the form of YAC. The NFL average for YAC per reception was 5.18 yards, where as the Patriots receivers averaged 6.35 YAC yards per receptions which was the highest for any team in the league or 1.17 yards above average. Cassel or this case “ Captain Checkdown” as he averaged 4.83 yards per pass through the air before the football was caught which was 31st in the NFL with only one team doing worse, which was the Bengals at 4.75 yards through the air before the football was caught.

I am sure some of you  are wondering how well the Buccaneers passing game faired, well with the  NFL average for YAC yards being 1,633 last season the Bucs managed to gain 1,736 which is 103 YAC yards better then the average.. The Air yard league average was 1,954 yards and the Bucs managed 2,052 or 98 yards above league average. As far as the league percentage for YAC yards and Air yards the team cam e in 46% of there yards coming in the form of YAC and 54% of them coming in the form of Air Yards which is also the league average.

The NFL average for yards through the air before the football is caught translated to 6.21 yards and the passing attack of the Bucs came in at 5.78 yards almost a half yard short to the league average.

On a side note the quarterback who averaged the highest yards through the air before the football was caught was Jake Delhomme with an average of 8.21 yards. Which is remarkable, to think of considering he was coming off of surgery to repair his shoulder.

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Team   Comp   Passing Yards   YAC Yards   Air Yards   % YAC Yards   % Air Yards   Average Comp. through Air   Average Comp.    Average YAC Yards Per Rec   TD   Rec Per TD
Giants   298   3353   1250   2103   37%   63%   7.06   11.25   4.19   23   13
Panthers   246   3288   1269   2019   39%   61%   8.21   13.37   5.16   15   16
Falcons   265   3440   1404   2036   41%   59%   7.68   12.98   5.30   16   17
Packers   343   4044   1656   2388   41%   59%   6.96   11.79   4.83   28   12
Lions   281   3299   1353   1946   41%   59%   6.93   11.74   4.81   18   16
Jaguars   335   3620   1494   2126   41%   59%   6.35   10.81   4.46   15   22
Steelers   303   3607   1498   2109   42%   58%   6.96   11.90   4.94   19   16
Broncos   386   4545   1891   2654   42%   58%   6.88   11.77   4.90   25   15
Dolphins   330   3761   1566   2195   42%   58%   6.65   11.40   4.75   20   17
Colts   393   4180   1748   2432   42%   58%   6.19   10.64   4.45   27   15
Chiefs   310   3358   1452   1906   43%   57%   6.15   10.83   4.68   23   13
Seahawks   262   2831   1251   1580   44%   56%   6.03   10.81   4.77   18   15
Browns   238   2537   1136   1401   45%   55%   5.89   10.66   4.77   11   22
Buccaneers   355   3788   1736   2052   46%   54%   5.78   10.67   4.89   18   20
Chargers   312   4009   1840   2169   46%   54%   6.95   12.85   5.90   34   9
Cowboys   328   3988   1831   2157   46%   54%   6.58   12.16   5.58   29   11
Eagles   362   4060   1876   2184   46%   54%   6.03   11.22   5.18   23   16
Bengals   303   2677   1238   1439   46%   54%   4.75   8.83   4.09   11   28
Cardinals   418   4875   2294   2581   47%   53%   6.17   11.66   5.49   31   13
Ravens   261   3085   1454   1631   47%   53%   6.25   11.82   5.57   16   16
Saints   413   5069   2398   2671   47%   53%   6.47   12.27   5.81   34   12
Vikings   267   3217   1525   1692   47%   53%   6.34   12.05   5.71   22   12
Bills   309   3302   1569   1733   48%   52%   5.61   10.69   5.08   14   22
Texans   367   4474   2134   2340   48%   52%   6.38   12.19   5.81   21   17
49ers   309   3724   1782   1942   48%   52%   6.28   12.05   5.77   21   15
Bears   304   3229   1564   1665   48%   52%   5.48   10.62   5.14   20   15
Raiders   222   2639   1302   1337   49%   51%   6.02   11.89   5.86   13   17
Rams   292   3268   1615   1653   49%   51%   5.66   11.19   5.53   11   27
Titans   265   2902   1459   1443   50%   50%   5.45   10.95   5.51   13   20
Jets   347   3516   1808   1708   51%   49%   4.92   10.13   5.21   22   16
Redskins   318   3291   1699   1592   52%   48%   5.01   10.35   5.34   14   23
Patriots   339   3790   2154   1636   57%   43%   4.83   11.18   6.35   21   16
NFL Average   315   3586   1633   1954   46%   54%   6.21   11.40   5.18   20   17



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#1 : March 14, 2009, 05:06:28 PM



On a side note the quarterback who averaged the highest yards through the air before the football was caught was Jake Delhomme with an average of 8.21 yards. Which is remarkable, to think of considering he was coming off of surgery to repair his shoulder.



I would venture to say Steve Smith had a lot to do with him achieving this number.

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#2 : March 14, 2009, 05:33:23 PM

Stats like that make my eyes bleed and sometimes my ears too.



The BUCS are gonna surprise people this year!



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#3 : March 14, 2009, 05:44:26 PM

Stats like that make my eyes bleed......

Me too. Watching the product we saw on the field was sad enough.

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#4 : March 14, 2009, 06:49:14 PM

Stats like that make my eyes bleed......

Me too. Watching the product we saw on the field was sad enough.

I dunno man. I thought It was nice to see Bryant do well.

But the defense...  [banghead]


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#5 : March 15, 2009, 01:04:51 AM

Advanced Stats is just as heavily biased against New England as Cold Hard Football Facts is biased in favor of Tom Brady.  Take both sites with a very large dose of salt if either one writes anything about the Patriots, or any of their rivals.

Didn't we have this Yuc YAC discussion a few days ago?  What's with the Cassel obsession?  That ship has sailed, regardless of whether you wanted to jump on board the bandwagon or flee.  It's a moot point; Cassel is old news and out of the picture.
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