I am not sure if your analysis is totally right. I think it must mean something that he is listed as the starter in 5 of the first 8 games and 7 of the last 8.
His performance has been cussed and discussed to no end. Not trying to cuss or discuss Ginns performance on the field.
But the coach(s) must have listed him as a starter for some reason in those games. Not sure if reserve is the right word for a coach listed starter?
I do see the drop off after the first 3 games but there are games after that where he was in for a significant amount of plays.
Ginn probably lost some playing time to the other recievers as Greg, Bess, and Hartline all had more plays in the last 8 games then in the 1st 8 games.
To try and break down the number of pass plays and formations in the 1st half of season vs 2nd is beyond my inclination. We probably ran less wildcat after Ronnie went down and maybe more pass plays also?
I do think that his role lessened after the 1st 3 games but I don't think that a reserve role completely fits him either. In some games probably in all the games I am not convinced. But if you are, ok. Not something to get upset about IMO anyway you want to look at it.
Just my observations and 2cents worth. lol
Well, I'm not sure what listed as a starter means, but I do know that a drop off in plays means the coaching staff lost confidence in him, as did many on this board.
A "reserve"? Maybe you're right, not quite that. It's not like the team was comfortable with him just not playing...they tried to use his speed. The number of pass plays increase because Miami was falling behind early in games and having to play catch up, as well as not having a very healthy stable of backs...I'm sure 3 receiver sets contributed to increased playing time.
All I was trying to bring to light was that Ginn was consistently asked to be a full time number 1 receiver. He was asked to at the beginning of the season, and it just turned out he wasn't. With another option (which there was, Bess and Camarillo are not push overs), Ginn still wasn't making plays. Was he open? Yes. Did they get him the ball? Yes. Did he catch it? On occasion. That's not a threat; that's Ashlie Lelie.
With Brandon Marshall, Ginn's role wouldn't change. It's not like Ginn didn't succeed because there wasn't a number 1 option with him. He struggled because his ball skills and field awareness aren't very good, and that doesn't go away just because Brandon Marshall comes in.