Mar 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith speaks to media during the press conference at The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Analyzing Alex Smith: Air Yards, Completion Percentage, And Depth Of Targets

I honestly wasn’t planning to write another Alex Smith post before we see actual football played on a field this year. I wrote about my initial thoughts on the Alex Smith trade in THIS POST, then I looked at how much KC fans should expect Alex Smith to improve their team in THIS POST, and then a few weeks back I examined the similarities between Smith and Drew Brees in THIS POST. I thought I was done, I mean a trilogy of posts sounds about right. It worked for The Lord Of The Rings and the Godfather movies, right? (not that my posts are in their league) Sticking with the movie parallel, it seems like three is the acceptable maximum for credibility. Once you get to Rambo 4 or the fourth Die Hard movie it starts to lose some luster. I couldn’t possibly have more to expound on Alex Smith this offseason. I should find something else to write about.


So why the change of heart?

I blame Twitter.

The list of people I follow on Twitter is made up of largely football related journalists. Is this in part because I want to hear about any spec of Chiefs news out there on the internet? Yes, however I have also found some very insightful people that have expanded my knowledge and understanding of the game. One of my favorite follows is Joe Bussell who tweets under the moniker @NFLosophy. In terms of just interesting football talk and insight, he’s a must follow. This past week he tweeted out some thoughts on some advanced statistical metrics that he feels help evaluate quarterbacks. These included “Air Yards” and “Average Depth Of Target”. Basically, these stats try to take a closer look at how well a quarterback really throws the ball.

“Air Yards” are the number of a quarterback’s passing yards that came from the ball being in the air. In other words, it breaks a QB’s passing yards into Air Yards and Yards After Catch. This allows you to see how much of a QB’s production was his throw as opposed to the yards his WR picked up. So if Matt Cassel threw a screen pass to Jamaal Charles for an 80 yard TD, Cassel would get 0 Air Yards because Charles ran all 80 with the ball in his hands. If Aaron Rodgers threw a 40 yard TD pass to Greg Jennings that he caught in the end zone, then Rodgers would get credit for all 40 yards as Air Yards. Hopefully you get the idea.

Bussell tweeted out a link to THIS SIGHT called Sporting Charts where you could see the Air Yards for all the quarterbacks for the 2012 season (and every season going back to 1990). I spent some time looking over this chart to try and see if I could understand if there was a direct relation between Air Yards and good quarterback play. The first thing I noticed on the sortable charts on that sight is that the percentage of air yards to yards after catch seems to have more to do with the ability of the receiving core than the QB. Case in point, Mark Sanchez had the highest % of air yards in the NFL last year and he’s terrible. Eli Manning was #2 behind him and he’s pretty good. On the opposite end of the spectrum Christian Ponder had the lowest % of air yards and he’s not very good, but Aaron Rodgers had the 7th lowest % in the NFL and he’s amazing. So I think we can throw out % of air yards for trying to determine how well a QB throws the ball.

The other stat on this chart that I looked at was Air Yards Per Attempt. This time a preference became clear. Look at the top ten QBs in air yards per attempt last season:

Colin Kaepernick
Eli Manning
Russell Wilson
Peyton Manning
Tony Romo
Drew Brees
Alex Smith
Andrew Luck
Robert Griffin III
Cam Newton

Now compare those to the bottom 10 QBs in air yards per attempt last season:

Matt Cassel
Blaine Gabbert
Philip Rivers
Brady Quinn
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Nick Foles
Brandon Weeden
John Skelton
Ryan Lindley
Christian Ponder

You can see that having a higher average of air yards per attempt is definitely a better indicator of good QB play, and Alex Smith is in the right group. However, I started to wonder how it was possible for “Big Arm” QBs like Jay Cutler and Joe Flacco to be behind Alex Smith in air yards per attempt. Could Alex Smith have been throwing lots of downfield bombs that we all just missed while Flacco and Cutler more often dumped off to shorter routes? The answer, of course, is no. The reason for this differential comes from their completion percentage. Alex Smith’s completion percentage last year was the best in the NFL and when you complete more passes your averages per attempt will rise.

Think of it this way. If QB “A” completes 7 out of 10 passes for 10 yards a piece (let’s pretend they are all air yards) he’ll average 7 air yards per attempt. If QB “B” completes 3 out of 10 passes for 20 yards a piece (again, all air yards) he’ll average 6 air yards per attempt. So QB “A” with his shorter and safer passes averaged more air yards per attempt than QB “B” that threw longer passes but completed less of them. So the air yards per attempt stat doesn’t really give you a good representation of the average length of a QBs thrown pass. That’s why I decided to figure the average air yards per completion instead. I didn’t take the time to figure each QBs, but here are a few that I checked to get some comparisons.

Colin Kaepernick 8.07
Drew Brees 6.89
Peyton Manning 6.66
Tom Brady 6.22
Alex Smith 6.06
Matt Cassel 5.86
Aaron Rodgers 5.82
Brady Quinn 5.50
Christian Ponder 4.07

I included Rodgers, Manning, Brady, and Brees because they are the current benchmark for great QB play. I included Cassel and Quinn so KC fans could compare Smith to what they saw on the field last season. I included Kaepernick both to show what Smith was up against in SF last year and because he had the highest average of those I looked up. Poor Christian Ponder makes my list to show you what a true check down machine looks like.

The first thing I thought when looking at that list was “Whoa, I must have done the math wrong because there is no way the average Matt Cassel completion was in the air longer than the average Aaron Rodgers completion!” These numbers are, in fact, correct. It just goes to show that Cassel’s trouble wasn’t as much where on the field he threw the ball, but how accurately he threw it there. It was also a down year for Rodgers who averaged 7.23 air yards per completion the year before when the Packers went 15-1. This wide variance got me thinking that I might want to check a larger sample size.

Over the past three years Aaron Rodgers has averaged 6.52 air yards per completion with a 67.1% completion percentage.

Over the past three years Drew Brees has averaged 6.28 air yards per completion with a 67.4% completion percentage.

During his four years in KC Matt Cassel averaged 5.98 air yards per completion with a 57.4% completion percentage.

Prior to Jim Harbaugh arriving, Alex Smith was averaging 5.45 air yards per completion with a 57.1% completion percentage.

Under Harbaugh Smith averaged 6.12 air yards per completion with a 64.3% completion percentage.

In my opinion, this clearly illustrates that accuracy is the clear indicator of long term QB success. The average Matt Cassel completion is only in the air for 0.3 yards less than the average Drew Brees completion. The real difference is that Brees completes 10% more of his passes. Since Brees completes such a high percentage, the Saints trust him with the ball and he throws the ball about 650 times per season.

Prior to Jim Harbaugh coming to SF, Alex Smith was in the “Matt Cassel Zone” of completion percentage. However, these past two seasons under Harbaugh brought Smith up into the upper tier. If Andy Reid can keep him there, the Chiefs should be in good shape.

I know some of you are probably burnt out on numbers at this point, but for you stat heads who find this kind of stuff interesting I have one more study to look at.

While researching the other statistic that @NFLosophy mentioned on Twitter, Average Depth Of Target, I ran across this GREAT READ by Mike Clay at Pro Football Focus. If you are at all interested in this type of statistical analysis GO READ THIS ARTICLE. Instead of me trying to explain what he did, I’ll let him do it.

Today, I ran a test that weighted each quarterback’s completion percentage based on the depth of his throws. First, I examined five years of NFL-wide completion percentage data on throws made from each possible depth. This gave me an “expected” completion rate for each depth, which I was able to compare to the “actual” for each player. My sample was 83,631 aimed throws.

Before I dive into the numbers, let me explain the adjusted completion percentage used for this experiment.

Adjusted Completion Percentage = (Completions + Drops) / (Pass Attempts – Spikes – Throwaways – Batted Balls – Balls disrupted by a QB hit)

Because we’re trying to come up with the most accurate representation of a quarterback’s ability to complete a pass, I don’t want my numbers distorted by drops and “non-aimed throws.”

This article will include 10 charts. We’ll look at the best and worst Actual vs. Expected marks in five categories: All Throws, Behind the Line of Scrimmage, 0-to-9 yards, 10-to-19 yards, and 20+ yard throws.

If that last quote made your eyes go cross-eyed after all the numbers I’ve already thrown at you, I’ll try to simplify. After watching and charting every throw in the NFL for five years he figured out the average completion percentage for every area you could throw the ball to. He then looked at every QB in 2012 and looked at if they were above or below that expected completion percentage for different distance throws. To get the true accuracy of a QBs ball placement he didn’t factor drops as incompletions and didn’t factor spikes, throw aways, etc. either.

Here’s the bottom line on this study. There were only three QBs in the NFL that finished in the top 10 in terms of completing above the expected percentage rate for all four of the charted passing depths (behind the line of scrimmage, 0-9 yards, 10-19 yards, and 20+ yards). Those three QBs were Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Alex Smith.

“Yeah, but Lyle, Smith’s passes were all a bunch of safe check downs and Rodgers throws the ball all over the field!”

If that was your response then I remind you of the air yards per completion stat that I discussed earlier. Last season the average Alex Smith completion was in the air for 6.06 yards and for Rodgers that number was 5.82. So that argument doesn’t fly.

Here’s the exact break down of the attempts, percentage of total attempts, and their adjusted completion percentage for Smith and Rodgers in each of the passing zones:

Total Numbers
Alex Smith – 203 attempts, 81% adjusted completion percentage
Aaron Rodgers – 585 attempts, 80% adjusted completion percentage

Behind The Line Of Scrimmage
Alex Smith – 22 attempts (10.8% of his total passes), 95% completed
Aaron Rodgers – 85 attempts (14.5% of his total passes), 95% completed

0-9 Yards
Alex Smith – 120 attempts (59.1%), 88%
Aaron Rodgers – 303 attempts (51.8%), 87%

10-19 Yards
Alex Smith – 42 attempts (20.7%), 69%
Aaron Rodgers – 125 attempts (21.4%), 69%

20+ Yards
Alex Smith – 19 attempts (9.4%), 47%
Aaron Rodgers – 72 attempts (12.3%), 53%

So Rodgers threw a higher percentage of screens, Smith threw a higher percentage in the 0-9 range, they were about the same in the 10-19 range, and Rodgers was higher in the 20+ yard range. In terms of completion percentage they were almost identical in every area except the 20+ range where Rodgers had a 6% advantage. Still, Smith did finish in the top ten in the NFL in that range.

“But Lyle, Smith’s sample size was much smaller. He probably just racked up some good numbers against horrible defenses in his 8 starts.”

I wondered if that might be the case too. So I looked it up. Here are the 8 teams that Smith faced last year with their ranking in passing yards allowed, passing yards per attempt allowed, and completion percentage against.

The main thing to note here is that the average pass defense rankings of the opponents he faced in his 8 games were all around 12. With 32 teams in the NFL an average ranking would be right in the middle, around 16. This means that Smith faced above average pass defenses in his 8 starts last season. I found it especially encouraging that 5 of the 8 teams he faced were in the top ten for completion percentage allowed (including 4 of the top 5). Despite that, Smith had the highest completion percentage in the NFL.

Since we determined that accuracy seems to be a better indicator of long term success, Smith’s accuracy should serve him and the Chiefs well. The fact that his top zone for targets is in the 0-9 range isn’t necessarily a bad thing. To quote from Mr. Clay in his PFF article (seriously, if you haven’t read it yet, JUST DO IT) about the top ten passers in the 0-9 yard range:

Hey kid, want to be an NFL quarterback? Take note of this chart. It’s the only one in the article that includes Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees, arguably the four best quarterbacks in the league.

Is Alex Smith just as good of QB as Aaron Rodgers? No.

Did Alex Smith have the advantage of having an elite offensive line, run game, and defense that took the pressure off him in San Francisco? Yes.

When Jim Harbaugh came to the 49ers he helped raise Alex Smith from the level of Matt Cassel to where you can put his numbers by the best QBs and they hold up. Does he need to prove he can still do that with Andy Reid as his coach? Yes.

The point of this post was to show that the actual passes that Alex Smith has thrown and the percentage of completions he has had these past two seasons have a lot more in common with the elite QBs in the league than the Matt Cassels and Christian Ponders of the world. Jim Harbaugh didn’t throw those passes. Alex Smith did. He has shown he has the physical tools, and more importantly, the accuracy to excel. If Andy Reid can get the same statistical averages that he had under Jim Harbaugh but with the increased attempts typical of a Reid offense, Smith could be headed for a major break out. There’s no way to know if Reid and Smith will pull it off until the regular season rolls around.

However, the next time someone is trashing Alex Smith and tells you that he has a “noodle arm”, only checks down, and always plays it safe you can tell them “Actually, last season the average Alex Smith completion was in the air longer than the average Aaron Rodgers completion and Smith was in the top ten for completion percentage for passes thrown 20 yards or further.” That should shut them up for a little while.

Then you just have to hope that Smith backs you up with his play on the field once the games count.

As always, thanks for reading and GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • chiefridgy

    Wow! Great research. Thanks Lyle. Great numbers by Smith and here’s to hoping/praying Reid gets the same/better from Smith.

  • john harlow

    They said the same thing about Joe Montana and look what happened to him yes he had some great wrapons around him. Now as far as Alex Smith goes he has some good weapons for him to seek out Bowe,Hemingway Baldwin just to name a few and of course Jamaal Charles with his speed fan be put anywherer. So with this camp comming up we will find out just how good we fan expect this offense to be. He has the players to hit it will be up to the line to give him the time to seek em out or if need be run with it I hope he does not have to run with it very often.

  • micah stephenson

    Huh? All those numbers overloaded my brian. Lol.

  • micah stephenson

    An Alex Smith article. I put Suzi Conger’s comments at plus 10.

    • Suzi Conger

      WoW thanx micah :-)

  • Jim Harper

    Damn Lyle! After trying to digest all those numbers my head just exploded. I have nothing but high expectations for AS. As we begin preseason this Friday one thing all Chiefs fans must keep in mind is throughout preseason we are going to see a pretty vanilla offense. Reid will want to keep the lions share of this new offense under wraps until the regular season kicks off, but I am still excited to see them on Friday. Go Chiefs!

    • Lyle Graversen

      Even with vanilla playcalling and formations I’d still like to see Smith show off some of that accuracy with our WRs.

      • Jim Harper

        Me too!

  • Calchiefsfan

    Great article Lyle. Smith has the tools, it’s up to Reid to get the most out of him. I’m betting he does. We just need the o line to step up and at least one more receiver to excel. Our TE’s and Jamaal should be good. Here’s hoping that Reid can get through to Baldwin and get him to play up to his potential. If those things happen watch out!

    • Lyle Graversen

      Yeah, I feel pretty good about the line as long as Hudson is 100% at C. I think Schwartz will beat out Allen. An OL of Albert, Schwartz, Hudson, Asamoah, Fisher should be good enough to get the job done.

      • Calchiefsfan

        Actually, if Hudson stays healthy that could be one heck of a good line!

  • Altarium

    Gaaah I want to see some Chiefs football already! The day I heard that SF was sticking with CK, my first thought was “we better get Alex Smith”…. and posts like this just get me more pumped! (cautiously though, I keep trying to tell myself to prepare for disappointment… cause, you know… chiefs)

    • Lyle Graversen

      See my initial reaction was “NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! We Have To Draft A QB!!!!!” I have now completely come around to Alex Smith being the best option for this team.

      • Calchiefsfan

        It will be interesting to see how Geno Smith does this year. I don’t think there is any way that Sanchez starts, he sucks big time. We should be able to compare A Smith to G Smith and confirm that getting Alex was the smart play, imo.

        • steve james

          I just read an article yesterday that said Geno has been pretty much shevled for now.

          • Calchiefsfan

            I wonder for how long. Sanchez is going to mess up. It’s just a matter of time. Then all the Jets fans will be screaming for Geno.

      • Altarium

        Well you can bet that if Alex Smith has a good year (hopefully a great year) I’ll be on here telling everyone “TOLD YOU SO!!!”. (all in good fun of course). If he ends up playing terribly, I’ll have to learn to never trust what little football instincts I have again lol

  • ladner morse

    Excellent Lyle. Best article on Alex Smith yet.

    It raises a question for me: was Joe Montana good because Jerry Rice was good… or was Jerry Rice good because because Joe Montana was good?

    Well… Montana made Willie Davis and J.J. Birden look good in 94. The point is… while some players can make others look better… those players are either good to begin with or they’re not. I’m hoping that the bad coaching decisions and the QBs previous inability to get the ball to Jon Baldwin are problems that won’t exist this season. I still think he brings incredible gifts to the table and if Alex Smith and Andy Reid can tap those gifts… it will open up the rest of the offense in so many ways. Having two “go-to” receivers would be amazing.

    One thing that stands out about the facts and figures that you presented in your post is… Alex Smith is a top tier passer when it comes to accuracy. If Alex Smith is as good as we all (at least Lyle & Ladner) think he is… then he should raise the level of play of those other players around him.

    Greatness Lyle. You should just have started your own Alex Smith tv series. :)

    • steve james

      I agree excellent work. I really really hope our line gives him all day and makes him feel as comfortable as Tebow is in church. I want him to have the best year of his career for himself, Reid, & the Chiefs sake!

    • ArrowFan

      I can’t remember any time when we had two go to WR’s starting? I think that is one reason Dorsey didn’t let Bowe walk, and I’m glad for it.

    • Lyle Graversen

      I agree about Baldwin, but I still contend that if Avery, Baldwin, McCluster, and a couple of the TEs all just contribute some it will be enough when paired with Bowe and Charles.

    • Suzi Conger

      I have faith JBaldwin will be good with AS11; great interview with Vernon Davis upon AS11′s departure from SF

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Excellent work, Graversen! Smith doesn’t throw a great deep ball. That’s not as startling as some would lead you to believe though. There are only so many quarterbacks like Joe Flacco in the NFL. Arm strength is so overrated in the NFL. Ask JaMarcus Russell.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Great deep ball, no, but he was still in the top 10 for completion percentage of 20+ yard throws last season. If he can complete about 50% of 20+ yard throws in KC it will be a good year.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I’m concerned with those 40+ yard throws. We HAVE to be able to take the top off a defense every now and again.

        • Lyle Graversen

          I agree, and that isn’t Smith’s strong point for sure. I think KC will rely more on JC’s explosive big plays and Bowe’s YAC than 40+ yard throws.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            We’ll have to challenge defenses vertically. If only to reinforce the idea that we can and will throw it deep. The best QB’s only do this about 12-14 times a year anyway. Smith had 4 last season (in a shortened year). If he can do that about 8-10 times this year, we’ll be good.

          • Calchiefsfan

            Agreed, otherwise the defenses start to creep up and play a shortened field a la Cassel. That was one of Madden’s rules, throw deep just to keep them honest. If Baldwin ever gets on board he has the ability to go up and get those.

          • skwirrl

            He’ll do it when he has dictated the matchup he wants and he’s not throwing with help over the top that can pick the ball off.

    • hipnetic

      In fact, Alex is quite accurate on the deep ball. Why SF didn’t have him throw it more often is a separate question. Last year, CK threw some jump-balls that could have been intercepted. The longest completion thrown last year was by Alex to Randy Moss in the [stinker of a] Giants game. Caught him in-stride, too.

      • Suzi Conger

        You are right hipnetic; AS11 throws a good deep ball; ’12 AS11 = 4 passes over 40+ yds, 8.5 games ck7 = 4 passes 40 yds in 10.5 games

    • skwirrl

      Yes it is. I watched Montana as a kid… And he threw a great deep ball. Or what at the time I considered a deep ball which was about 30-35 yards and a whole lot of YAC. Alex throws a fantastic ball out to about 35 and then gets more inconsistent beyond that. But 35 yards is just fine, the guys that huck 50+ yard passes with regularity see a lot of ints as well.

  • stephan costa

    Another great read. Keep em comming. Its all in the #’s

  • ArrowFan

    Good article, it almost wore me out reading it but still good. I’m getting very excited to see Alex Smith on Sunday.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Yeah, every once in a while I get a little carried away with all the stats. I try to only do a few per season.

      • Calchiefsfan

        There are times when stats really twist the real story or are just plain worthless. These stats I thought told a very interesting story. Great job Lyle.

        • Lyle Graversen

          Thanks, I appreciate that.

      • ArrowFan

        You did have good reason to keep refering to more and more stats. I was already preparing my first comment to start with small sample size, then there was another time I was sure I was starting with MC couldn’t have been that good. Each time you quickly shut me down with good reason and fact, again good job.

  • jimfromkcj

    Lyle, the one thing I think is missing when you guys start analyzing individual players is that the NFL is much more a team sport than the NBA or MLB. In order for Alex to have a god year the off line must be able to hold their own without having to keep TE’s in to help on the corners and the RB to help protect the interior linemen. Also the WR’s have to be able to get off the line and run routes. More and more teams are going for big corners who can maul receivers in that first 5 yards. So having WR’s who can beat these guys with a fast first couple of steps is necessary. One of the biggest negatives on Baldwin is that he doesn’t play up to his size getting off the line. He has to improve that or he is toast. Alex will go just as far as the off line takes him. That is no secret.

    • Lyle Graversen

      That’s true, but go look at the receivers Smith had in 2011. After Crabtree and Davis there was NOTHING. I’m not saying that Smith repeating his success in SF is a sure thing but I think with two proven playmakers in Charles and Bowe he’s got a good foundation. If a few more guys can just be solid contributors then I think the Alex can do well.

      • skwirrl

        Dude don’t hurt Brett Swain and Joe Hastings’ feelings like that. They are modeling for a bust in Canton as we speak.

      • Suzi Conger

        True Lyle, I’m hoping for exciting play from TKelce too

  • KCMikeG

    GREAT WORK AND THANKS FOR THE TIME YOU INVESTED LYLE! Shocking fact not mentioned – there were 9 QB’s worse than Cassel!!!!

  • Racyman

    I’m tired of all of the “Game Manager” B.S. being thrown at Smith. I mean, stats can be deceiving and shouldn’t be overutilized (except in mid July when we are so damn football deprived that we find correlation between jock sizes and “hang time”.) Anyway, a QB won’t be successful unless he is a good “Game Manager” (see Cassel, Quinn, et al). The guy is in charge of managing the offense, while on the field of play, for Hell sakes! That doesn’t mean that said QB can’t use his arm and passing skills effectively to “matriculate the ball down the field”, including occassionally looking off the screen pass and puttiing his 8.13 YPA (if by air and not by ground) into effect, which is also a major part of the QB’s job title. Not many make it to the NFL without having a documented history of being able to defy physics, with a tight spiral that lands gently into the outreached hands of a receiver, who then (by land) can take it to the part of the field with all of the pretty art. (Tebow is a rare exception, but he has devine intervention that others don’t share with him, that allows him to actually explain physics, with a ball going somewhat end over end and his receivers having to be the one’s to actually defy physics by making the ball go into their hands.)

    • ArrowFan

      you had me at “matriculate”.

  • skwirrl

    Just to note – Alex only had a good offensive line in 2012 and a competent one in 2011. Before that one side or the other of the line was quite literally not NFL caliber as a starter OR a backup. When you have Chilo Rachel and Snyder anchoring the right side of the line you’re gonna have a bad day.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    WOW Lyle! That’s great! I was trying to tell others that Smith would be good for the team but they would just come back negative words about him. Now about Baldwin……it might be his time to shine! If he can play as good as he does in training camp AND Bowe would have another great season, that’s gonna open up the field for all the other players. Just gotta get it going!

  • Suzi Conger

    Great article and facts/stats Lyle; thanks for your work and wisdom.

    When I joined the KCC kingdom, primarily due to AS11 and AReid, I was unpleasantly surprised how the “ASmith negative mythology’ had rooted with many KCC supporters, including writers. I’ve been posting since March facts/stats to help dissolve those negative Myths

    AS11 is fine with long passes, when he has the time needed; as you know a QB has to have good o-line protection in order to have the time to execute the long pass/play.

    In ’11 SF o-line protection was nfl rated 29th; allowed fourth highest sack/rush/QBpressure and shortest time to execute passes/plays. In ’12 SF o-line (through AS’s starting tenure) was nfl rated 26th!!; allowing (tied for) 7th highest sacks/rushes//QB pressure, and shortest time to execute plays. ( the o-line protection was ‘revamped/rewritten’ for ck7, and wa la; ck7′s (and PManning) o-line protection was nfl rated #1; lowest sacks/rushes/pressure/longest time… and still AS11 prevailed; AS11 = 4 passes over 40 yds, 8.5 games. ck7 = 4 passes over 40yds in 10.5 games.

    The ‘million-dollar’ question is, will our o-line protect AS11 better than he’s formerly endured, and allow AS11 to lead the team to Fly-Sky-High…Go Chiefs!!