There are a few different ways to grade football players. One is by looking at tape and grading what your eye sees. That can be highly subjective, however, with the viewer’s own prejudices coming out.
Another very common way to look at a team’s success and failure is through statistical analysis. Statistics are objective – although the application and interpretation of them may not be – but it also lacks the nuance of taking into account the circumstances.
For example, as with the Raiders some time ago, a team can be ranked very high in their pass coverage because their run defense is so bad, opposing teams don’t need to pass against them. That nuance isn’t taken into account in the ranking of the pass defense.
So, take the following statistics with a grain of salt. Some of these may be interesting and applicable and some may not.
There are two “specialized” statistical football websites that focus on non-regular statistics for football teams: ProFootballFocus and Football outsiders.
Below are some of the Raiders-specific statistics from both sites.
First, we’ll start with some PFF Signature Stats:
-At CB, two Raiders were in the top 15 worst in yards allowed per snap in pass coverage - Ron Bartell at 1.65 & Joselio Hanson at 1.69 yards allowed per snap in coverage.
-Neither of them were the worst, however. Per PFF, the qualifying CB that allowed the most yards per snap in pass coverage? Former Raider & Chief defensive back Stanford Routt at 2.22
-WR Darrius Heyward-Bey was in the bottom 15 in PFF's yards per route run - He averaged only 1.19 yards for every route he ran. Even worse was former Raiders WR Louis Murphy who averaged only .86 yards for every route ran.no comments