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2016 Broncos snap count review - offense

Reviewing the 2016 snap counts for the Denver Broncos offense.

Atlanta Falcons v Denver Broncos Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

First I’ll give the seasonal overview for the offense.

Offensive Overview

Name Pos Num Pct
Max Garcia G 1075 100.0%
Matt Paradis C 1075 100.0%
Russell Okung T 1062 98.8%
Michael Schofield T 1043 97.0%
Trevor Siemian QB 899 83.6%
Demaryius Thomas WR 885 82.3%
Emmanuel Sanders WR 865 80.5%
Donald Stephenson T 745 69.3%
Devontae Booker RB 493 45.9%
Virgil Green TE 487 45.3%
Jordan Norwood WR 475 44.2%
C.J. Anderson RB 314 29.2%
Jordan Taylor WR 277 25.8%
Ty Sambrailo T 243 22.6%
Bennie Fowler WR 241 22.4%
Andy Janovich FB 235 21.9%
Jeff Heuerman TE 234 21.8%
Cody Latimer WR 217 20.2%
A.J. Derby TE 188 17.5%
Paxton Lynch QB 176 16.4%
John Phillips TE 151 14.1%
Justin Forsett RB 119 11.1%
Darrion Weems T 114 10.6%
Kapri Bibbs RB 94 8.7%
Billy Turner G 40 3.7%
Juwan Thompson RB 37 3.4%
Kalif Raymond WR 19 1.8%
Henry Krieger-Coble TE 18 1.7%
James Ferentz C 4 0.4%

Only two players on the offense took every offensive snap this year although Russell Okung and Michael Schofield were close. Ferentz offensive snaps were not at center, but as a goal-line fullback. On the offensive side of the ball we ended the season with only three guys who played on the IR. Unfortunately, they were all RBs or FBs (CJ Anderson, Kapri Bibbs and Andy Janovich).

It’s also a travesty that Jordan Norwood and Ty Sambrailo got as many offensive snaps as they did. Both could be seen as doing more harm than good when they were in the game (albeit as a PR for Norwood). We can argue if his time at WR was damaging to the offense or not.

Positional graphs

Our RTs were the worst in the league this year by just about every measure. Replacing THE worst RT, Ty Sambrailo, with the second worst RT, Donald Stephenson, did not help the offense much.

From a receiving standpoint AJ Derby was our best TE this season. Virgil Green appears destined to be a blocking TE only. Green had some nice catches this year, but some very costly drops. Henry Kreiger-Coble could turn into a nice player at TE, but I’m guessing he is JAG.

The offense really struggled after CJ Anderson went down for the year in game 7. Just about every time our offense did worse than average against a defense this year, it was in the second half (see below) - negative numbers in the difference means that we scored less against said defense than they allowed on average in 2016

2016 DEN Offense
Opponent 2016 Scoring D Rank PPG Allowed Pt DEN scored (average if 2 games) Difference
CAR 26 25.1 21.0 -4.1
IND 22 24.5 34.0 9.5
CIN 8 19.7 29.0 9.3
TB 15 23.1 27.0 3.9
ATL 27 25.4 16.0 -9.4
SD 29 26.4 20.0 -6.4
HOU 11 20.5 27.0 6.5
OAK 20 24.1 22.0 -2.1
NO 31 28.4 25.0 -3.4
KC 7 19.4 18.5 -0.9
JAX 25 25 20.0 -5.0
TEN 16 23.6 10.0 -13.6
NE 1 15.6 3.0 -12.6

Justin Forsett showed, in the final two games of the season, what a runner with good vision can do behind a shaky offensive line.

Jordan Norwood’s playing time was up and down through the year, but he did finish with 44% of the offensive snaps. At does not speak well of Latimer, Taylor or Fowler that neither of them could contribute and develop enough to overtake Norwood tells me a great deal about one of two things. Either the coaching staff was so vested in Jordan Norwood that they wanted to continue to give him the #3 WR spot in spite of the other three guys, or none of the other three guys could surpass him in learning the playbook/running routes/developing rapport with the QBs. Either way it’s a damning statement about Cody Latimer, Jordan Taylor and Bennie Fowler.