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Compiling Offensive stats from the Jaguars 2012 season so far.

This is going to be exactly what the title indicates, just a spot for people to view a list compiling all kinds of statistics about the Jaguars Offense thru 5 games. I'll go thru individual positions as much as possible so we can really see where the problems are and where (hopefully) they aren't.

Team stats: 32nd in total offense, 31st in yards per play, 32nd in first downs, 27th in 3rd down %. We have the 6th fewest penalties for the 11th lowest yardage total (so at least there's that). The Jaguars are also -2 in turnovers, which is about the middle of the pack.

The Jaguars have gained 28/73 first downs rushing (38.4%), 35 passing (47.9%), 10 by penalty (13.7%).

The Jaguars are 18th in rushing, averaging 98.4 yards per game. What's more, we are tied for 9th overall on yards per rushing attempt. Not bad.

The passing game is bad. We're 32nd in total yards, yards per attempt, and first down % (% of passes that pick up first downs). We're 3rd in sacks allowed with 15, tied with the Rams and Bengals. (The Bengals, interestingly, have allowed the same number of sacks as us, but are 7th in passing with approximately 600 more passing yards than the Jaguars. So maybe being sacked a lot isn't an excuse?) We're 28th in Passer rating as a team, so apparently we're gaming the system a little bit in that way.

Individual stats:

Maurice Jones-Drew is 12th in the NFL in rushing with 408 yards and 12th in attempts per game. He picks up a first down on 25% of his rushes, or once in every four carries. He also has 14 catches for 86 yards. His 494 total yards leads all backs and receivers on the team. (duh)

Cecil Shorts leads the team in receiving yardage with 205 yards on 8 catches and his 25.6 yards per reception is the 3rd best in the league. MJD and Marcedes Lewis are tied for the team lead in receptions with 14, Justin Blackmon trails them with 13 catches for 119 yards (9 yards per reception).

The Jaguars' offensive players have officially dropped 12 passes, which is tied for the 12th highest number in the league.

Now for Blaine Gabbert. Note: If you're hoping to defend Gabbert's performance through the first five weeks, avert your eyes now.

There isn't one major passing category where Gabbert is better than 28th in the league. He has a passer rating of 73.3 (29th) on 54.8% completions (30th).

He has 796 passing yards (30th), gaining 5.5 yards per attempt. This last number is tied with the Titans' Matt Hasslebeck for the worst in the league, and the next worst player is Brandon Weedon with 6.4 yards per attempt, so it's not even close.

Another stat worth mentioning is Gabbert's 22.6% 1st down percentage. Pairing this with MJD's 25% number, we can see that the Jaguars are statistically more likely to pick up a first down by handing off than they are by throwing.

Even more damning is that 25 of Gabberts 80 completions went to running backs (31.2%) compared to 42 to WRs (52.5%). As a reference, Arizona (whose name is alphabetically convenient when sorting team stats) has thrown 18/109 completions to running backs (16.5%) and 69 (63.3%) to WRs. What does that mean? Gabbert, statistically speaking, is throwing to his backs A LOT.

One quick thing about the Jaguars offensive line: one of Football Outsiders' basic statistical principles is that "Rushing is more dependent on the offensive line than people realize, but pass protection is more dependent on the quarterback himself than people realize." This pairs well with my assertion above that being sacked a lot is not something to be placed entirely on the offensive line.

The line has allowed a lot of pressure and a large number of sacks, which cannot be denied, but I felt a little context was necessary.

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That's a lot of information, so let me focus on a few key takeaways from this list:

1) The Jaguars are the 32nd ranked offense because of the passing game. The running game is still effective, though not to the same extent it was last year.

2) Gabbert throws much more than the average amount of passes to running backs, which makes his passer rating higher and his yards per attempt lower than they would be otherwise.

3) The success of the running game suggests that the offensive line situation is not as bad as it seemed in weeks 2-4.

4) The Jaguars are statistically more likely to earn first downs on any given play by putting the ball in Maurice Jones-Drew's hands than in Blaine Gabbert's, which is almost unheard of in this pass-first NFL.

Maybe not the most earth shattering conclusions, but the stats are there. Do with them what you will.

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