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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

[Sports] A Laveranues Coles Gathers No Moss

At the beginning of the free agency last year (2005) the Jets traded Santana Moss to the Washington Redskins for Laveranues Coles. It was a straight swap; the first one in ages. At the time pundits and commentators (and bloggers) were undecided as to who the better player was and which team made the better decision.

At the end of the regular season everyman and his dog was saying what a big mistake the Jets had made trading away Santana as he ended up going to the play-offs and had 1,483 yards (the second highest).

Gregg Easterbrook, NFL.com’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback, started a “Laveranues Coles watch” to gauge what the two players did (it was originally a “Mike Nugent watch” but this was stopped after the player he was compared to, Doug Brien, was released by the Bears). This week TMQ posted his final in the LCW series:

Laveranues Coles Watch (Final): Coles demanded to be traded from Washington because, inexcusably, the Redskins offense was not designed solely for the purpose of getting Coles stats. In his new home at Jersey/B, Coles finished the season with 845 yards receiving and five touchdowns. His replacement at Washington, Santana Moss, finished with 1,595 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

But let’s assume that the Jets couldn’t see into the future (if they could they would’ve protected their QBs a bit more). Below are Santana Moss’ career stats:

RECEIVING

Year

Team

G

GS

No

Yards

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

FD

2001

New York Jets

5

0

2

40

20.0

33

0

1

0

2

2002

New York Jets

15

3

30

433

14.4

47

4

8

1

20

2003

New York Jets

16

12

74

1105

14.9

65

10

17

5

49

2004

New York Jets

15

14

45

838

18.6

69

5

13

6

35

2005

Washington Redskins

16

16

84

1483

17.7

78

9

24

10

60

TOTAL


67

45

235

3899

16.6

78

28

63

22

166

And here are Laveranues Coles’ career stats:

RECEIVING

Year

Team

G

GS

No

Yards

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

FD

2000

New York Jets

13

3

22

370

16.8

63

1

6

1

16

2001

New York Jets

16

16

59

868

14.7

40

7

14

1

42

2002

New York Jets

16

16

89

1264

14.2

43

5

19

2

67

2003

Washington Redskins

16

16

82

1204

14.7

64

6

21

3

54

2004

Washington Redskins

16

16

90

950

10.6

45

1

10

1

52

2005

New York Jets

16

16

73

845

11.6

43

5

6

1

52

TOTAL


93

83

415

5501

13.3

64

25

76

9

283

Santana’s average yearly statistics without the 2005 stats are (rounded to nearest whole number):

38 catches for 604 yards (17 yards per catch) and 5 touchdowns

Laveranues’ average yearly statistics without the 2005 stats are (rounded to nearest whole number):

68 catchers for 931 yards (14 yards per catch) and 4 touchdowns

And if we have a close look Coles’ 2005 stats are very similar to Moss’ 2004 stats. And Coles was playing with a third string QB!

1 comment:

Gibbs said...

If you ask me who got the best of the deal it was Santana Moss on every count. He went to the Play-offs. got an extra game. got some more money. Hes still a nice guy and everybody still likes him.
okay Lavernues actually didnt have that bad a season, 73 odd catches still means a lot of ball, but he didnt turn them into big gains, unlike Moss who had 34 of his 84 catches turn into 20+ gains. The Skins won this little deal. A nice guy, big gains, and aplay-off spot. Its doubtful, even with a healthy first string QB that the jets would have made the post season.