Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by Gore_21:
Originally posted by Brazilian49er:
Sacks are overrated. Our pass-rush pwas very god against ARI and MIN, not so much agaisnt SEA.
Agreed and we beat the snot out of Warner and Favre. Well, Hasselback too but just not by sacking him. I'd take the QB hurrying and getting knocked down all day over getting no pressure except for 2 or 3 sacks.
Are you guys not reading through this thread?
Again, Lawson/Haralson have combined for 138 rushing attempts (their sole responsibility) and combined they only have 1 Sack, 4 QB Hits, 12 QB Pressures, no Batted Passes, 7 Tackles, 1 Assist and 6 Stops.
As a TEAM, we are doing a solid job at putting pressure on the QB (mostly b/c of our stellar secondary) but it's NOT coming from the two people it should in a 3-4 (the OLB's). It's a big issue and has been for over 6 years now.
I'm glad you are using "per-play" statistics to demonstrate your point, because they are they only reasonably accurate statistic.
However, are you using "per-play" statistics for all of your earlier points?
For example, our defense is "ranked" somewhere in the middle of the league, but what statistic determines that ranking?
Per-offensive drive, I bet we are top 5 in punts forced.
No one ever talks about this "stat," but I think that "punts forced per-drive" is the best defensive statistical measure possible.
Our offense keeps going 3n'out, but our defense keeps giving them the ball back.
On the flip side, our defense has to face more offensive drives than most teams because of our inept offense.
Two years ago, we were top 3 in the league in forced punts.
Its actually the same old story of the last 4 years, with three exceptions:
1) Last year, our offense did not constantly go 3n'out.
2) Our defense is much better than it has been in 4 years.
3) We are not turning the ball over a ton. Obviously, the conservative philosophy does deserve some credit for this.
Our defense might give up X amount of yards per game and Y amount of points, but that's because they face a ton of offensive possessions.
We easily have a top ten defense.
But it will never get statistical credit until our offense stops constantly going 3n'out.