Football is an interesting sport because there are a lot of times that your best players just don't fit on the field. Maybe your best running back is on the sideline when you want to go with five wide receivers. Maybe a huge nose tackle is off the field in an obvious passing down. Maybe even the quarterback is taken off in lieu of a Wildcat formation.
For the most part, players just aren't going to play every snap available to them. But the percentage of time that the player spends on the field is a good indicator of how much the team trusts him in various situations and how versatile of a player he is. I don't think there is a great name for this stat, but Redskins full season on-field-time is out, via Ryan O'Halloran of CSN Washington, and the results are pretty much what you would expect.
- After reading this stat, I'm convinced that London Fletcher should spend the offseason allowing scientists to study his heart and body and stuff. I wouldn't be surprised to find out if he had some Secretariat-type thing going on under the hood. Fletcher, even at the ripe old age of 35, played on 1,083 of a possible 1,085 defensive snaps, good for a ridiculous 99.5 percent. O'Halloran breaks down the five snaps that Fletcher was totally slacking.
Fletcher played every snap in 14 of 16 games, missing a snap against Houston (when the Texans’ punter ran out the clock instead of kicking) and the last four snaps in the Philadelphia blowout (garbage time). So really, Fletcher didn’t miss a meaningful defensive snap.
So even when he was slacking, he wasn't really slacking. Fletcher played every possession that mattered, and as you know if you watched him play, played his heart out on each and every one of them. Surely he can't keep this up forever, but let's just enjoy his production while it lasts.
- Santana Moss played on 968 of a possible 1,043 snaps, or 92.8 percent. This isn't a huge surprise, considering that for much of the year (and the past few actually) he was the only legitimate receiving threat on the field.
- Lorenzo Alexander played on 58.1 percent of defensive snaps in his first year as a full time defensive player.
- After picking him up off the scrap heap, Adam Carriker played 52.6 percent of the total defensive snaps.
Bad Things (And the names on this list shouldn't surprise you):
Albert Haynesworth, the poster child for all bad things everywhere, only played in 18.8 percent of total defensive snaps. I'm willing to take a few percentage points away however based on how poorly he played while he was out there.
- The LOL award goes to Devin Thomas (whom I'm sure you remember is a fairly recent second-round pick), who played on one, count 'em one, offensive snap this year before being released.
- This one is good for Phillip Buchanon, but bad for the state of the Redskins secondary. When you have to trot him out there on over 60 percent of the defensive snaps, you aren't in very good shape.
- In what was supposed to be a big breakout season for him, Fred Davis only played on 36.7 percent of the offensive snaps.
- Brandon Banks had a knee injury to deal with, but I'm sure Redskins fans would want to see one of their more explosive players out on the field for more than 14 total offensive snaps this season (1.3 percent).