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Early Glimpse Into 2009 Play By Play Data

So just what does the play by play data for 2009 say? Well, before we get into any specifics a big hardy thanks to Bucs Centrals’ good friend Brian Burke of AdvancedNFLStats.com, as he’s the main reason we are able to delve deeper into the play by play data. Burke has made publicly available, for the first time play by play data sets from 2002-2009. After writing formulas out in excel, OK more like 30 or so formulas, so having basically said I’m a nerd. Here’s an early look into some of the hidden numbers within the play by play data from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2009 season.

While there’s been plenty of talk about ex-Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Bryant and whether or not he was the cause of Josh Freeman throwing interceptions, as he forced fed Bryant the football. Based on the play by play data from 2009 here are the results.

Out of Freeman’s 290 pass attempts he had 18 interceptions and targeted Bryant 50 times or 17%. Of those 50 passes here are the breakdowns. 23 completions, 19 were incomplete and 8 were intercepted.  Based on Bryant being the intended target on 50 attempts 16% of the time Freeman threw to Bryant it was intercepted, 38% of the time it was incomplete and 46% of the time it was a completion. Out of Freeman’s 18 interceptions 44% of the time he was throwing the football to Bryant.

List of Intended Targets on the 29 interceptions Bucs quarterback threw in 2009:

Antonio Bryant 11
Sammie Stroughter 6
Maurice Stovall 5
Michael Clayton 4
Kellen Winslow 1
Carnell Williams 1
Brian Clark 1

This is just an early glimpse into the play by play data. So please check back this weekend as we continue to breakdown the play by play data even further.

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