YAC deficiency: Glennon or Scheme?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In a recent article by FootballPerspective.com , which Sander had linked to on our Daily Bucs Links, derived some stats that placed Glennon in not so great company for comparisons.  Since stats were given in the article, that prompted me to see if I can support, refute, or say there is not enough information given here to predict a trend or comparison.  Basically, it is like Christmas morning for me with numbers.

FootballPerspective.com's  QB Stats

(in yards)

Player

Y/C

NY/A

ANY/A

Glennon

10.6

5.03

4.98

Smith

12.3

5.62

4.17

Manuel

11

5.43

4.87

Y/C = Yards per Completion

NY/A = Net Yards per Attempt

ANY/A = Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt

Net yards per passing attempt is defined as (pass yards - sack yards)/(passing attempts + sacks).  Adjusted Net Yards per Attempts is defined as [pass yards + 20*(pass TD) - 45*(interceptions thrown) - sack yards]/[passing attempts + sacks].

Within the article, Mike Glennon ranks near the bottom for Y/C, in the same realm with Sam Bradford, Chad Henne.  Glennon ranks above Matt Ryan by 0.3, but below Alex Smith and Joe Flacco by 0.2.  In the chart above, three rookie quarterbacks are listed.  Glennon does not rise to top in any stat until the adjusted column of ANY/A.  In that stat, touchdown production is included.  Whereas both Smith and Manuel take a considerable plunge in the difference from NY/A to ANY/A, Glennon's production remains relatively similar and produced better than Smith and Manuel.

The problem with Glennon seems to be his yards after catch, YAC, production.

ESPN's YAC stat

(in yards)

Player

YAC (yds)

Comp

YAC/Comp

Glennon

1034

247

4.19

Smith

1252

247

5.07

Manuel

1387

180

7.71

That is a terrible production for Glennon.  Glennon does not control what plays are called for nor for their design.  Nor does he control how the opposing defense sets up against the Bucs' offense.  It would be great for Glennon to achieve a higher YAC rate, but there are so many other factors involved that are literally out of his hands.  When Tiquan Underwood is your third best receiver and undrafted rookie Tim Wright is your second best receiver during the year, then conflate that with a rookie quarterback, then a lot of things seem bleak.  Underwood has a deficiency in proper route running and Wright is a converted WR, turned TE.

Team 2013 Offensive Stats

Team

Total Yards Passing

NFL Pass Ranking

Total Yards Rushing

NFL Rush Ranking

Tampa Bay

2820

32

1612

22

NYJ

2932

31

2158

6

Buffalo

3103

28

2307

2

Here, I introduce team offensive passing and running.  All three rookies contributed to their teams ranking low in the league, which can be expected from rookies.  But when you look at the rushing stats, Tampa Bay was abysmal in providing support for the passing game.  Without an efficient running game, then opposing offenses do not have fill in the box.  There would be more defenders playing off the line to prevent the Bucs from moving the chains by reducing the yards after the catch stat.

If the Bucs can fix the run game, then there is a possibility that Glennon's YAC may increase.  The addition of Mike Williams back into the fold may also help.  Finally, having a new offensive coordinator who likes to produce with speed in space, may ultimately help with YAC production.  Recall, our previous head coach decided not to continue the no huddle offense when it was working against the 49ers because it was something they did not practice enough during the week.

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