Davis to Take the Next Step w/ Martz in Charge?

Martz

Mike Martz has never been one to highlight tight ends in his offense. After some Pro Football Weekly-published remarks from the new Niners offensive coordinator about his potential use of tight end Vernon Davis in split-wide situations, I thought I would check Martz’s track record with tight ends.
Using profootballreference.com and footballoutsiders.com, I noted the following info from Martz’s tenures as Detroit Lions offensive coordinator (2006-07) and St. Louis Rams head coach (2000-2005). All 1999 data from his season as an offensive coordinator for the Rams wasn’t available.

I charted the team’s total pass attempts, completions, completion percentage, yards and touchdowns.
Likewise, I scribbled (or typed, actually) the receptions, passes targeted (along with that percentage), yards and touchdowns for tight ends during that time frame.

Here is what I found:

Detroit Lions – 2007
587 pass attempts, 368 pass completions, 63%, 4,216 yards, 19 touchdowns
TE’s
Sean McHugh – 17 catches/29 passes targeted (59%), 252 yards, 0 touchdowns
Casey Fitzsimmons – 8/10 (80%), 85 yards, 1 touchdown

Detroit Lions – 2006
596 pass attempts, 372 pass completions, 62%, 4,208 yards, 21 touchdowns
Daniel Campbell – 21/32 (66%), 308 yards, 4 touchdowns
Casey Fitzsimmons – 7/10 (70%) 71 yards, 0 touchdowns
Marcus Pollard – 12/17 (71%), 100 yards, 0 touchdowns

St. Louis Rams – 2005
599 pass attempts, 392 pass completions, 65%, 4,351 yards, 23 touchdowns
Brandon Manumaleuna – 13/20 (65%), 129 yards, 1 touchdown

St. Louis Rams – 2004
577 pass attempts, 372 pass completions, 64%, 4,615, 23 touchdowns
Brandon Manumaleuna – 15/21 (71%), 174 yards, 1 touchdown
Cam Cleeland – 7/12 (58%), 57 yards, 0 touchdowns

St. Louis Rams – 2003
597 pass attempts, 374 pass completions, 63%, 4,210 yards, 23 touchdowns
Brandon Manumaleuna – 29/45 (64%), 238 yards, 2 touchdowns
Cam Cleeland – 10/16 (63%), 145 yards, 0 touchdowns

St. Louis Rams – 2002
629 pass attempts, 406 pass completions, 65%, 4,473 yards, 24 touchdowns
Ernie Conwell 34/48 (71%), 419 yards, 2 touchdowns
Brandon Manumaleuna – 8/14 (57%), 106 yards, 1 touchdown

St. Louis Rams – 2001
549 pass attempts, 378 pass completions, 69%, 4,852, 36 touchdowns
Ernie Conwell 38/52 (73%), 431 yards, 4 touchdowns
Jeff Robinson 11 receptions, 108 yards, 1 (no data on passes targeted)

St. Louis Rams – 2000

587 pass attempts, 380 pass completions, 65%, 5,492 yards, 37 touchdowns
Roland Williams 11/25 (44%), 102 yards, 3 touchdowns
Ernie Conwell 5/9 (56%), 40 yards, 0 touchdowns

Now, obviously Davis is a more athletic tight end than any player on this list. He’s certainly a more talented receiver as well, which makes me think he should be able to top these numbers. Aside from Conwell’s efficient and productive 2001 season, there isn’t much in the way of major tight end production.

Hopefully that will change since Davis is far and away the most lethal receiving weapon at his disposal.

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