I thought I would put together a sort of weekly dashboard tracking Jacoby Brissett’s progress in various critical stats. I don’t plan on adding much commentary unless something unusual occurred and a deeper analysis is warranted.
This will probably evolve over time, but it is something that I can put together quickly and usually have ready the day after a game. If you have any suggestions for a passing stat you want tracked let me know and I’ll see if I can add it.
One caveat is that all of the data comes from the nflscrapR data files which are not official numbers. So errors, while uncommon, will happen every once in a while.
So, let’s answer some questions about Brissett’s passing.
Of the big 4 stats that I track, Brissett was well below average in week 5 and other than week 3, that appears to be his normal. These numbers are not much different from his 2017.
Both Nyheim Hines and T.Y. Hilton tied for the most targets in week 5 (top graph) but Hilton by far leads the season totals, duh.
The chart on the left is average air yards per completion and shows that Brissett’s completion depth has been below average every week and in week’s 2 & 5 was the shortest in the league.
The chart on the right compares QB time to throw against their average depth of target (all attempts) demonstrating that the longer a QB holds the ball, the farther their attempts ar on average. However, the longer Brissett holds the ball, the shorter his passes are, suggesting that either receivers aren’t getting open or he is not seeing them and checking down instead.
Short passes are not necessarily a bad thing. They usually lead to higher completion rates and so overall production can still be maintained. By utilizing the depth of each throw an expected completion rate can be determined. This chart shows the differences by week between Brissett’s expected and actual completion rates.
So far, it’s a mixed bag with 2 of his 5 week’s showing better than expected accuracy.