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