Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Once again, these stats are really very subjective. A coverage sack assumes a great deal, unless you make it any sack over a three second mark. So hard to quantify these things objectively. PFF was started by a business consultant and is made up of volunteers/semi-volunteers with varying degrees of knowledge. Not sure I trust them more than the Bleacher Report. Although I could not (quickly) find much data on their research standards. I would think the sports magazines would have a little higher level of professionalism. Not sure about NFL.com
I hesitate to criticize Staley when the middle is pushed back and his guy has a direct line to Smith, who can't step up...that should be at least a shared sack. The fact that Staley has faced most of the great pass rushers seems a double edge sword...would you put your best pass rusher on the best OLineman or the worst? Some teams may not move guys around as much, so it would take more analysis to make a really informed opinion.
Yeah, it's judgmental at times... not every sack is clear cut. Coverage sack, on alex for not throwing it away, on say Staley but also like you said what if Goodwin got pushed back and Alex couldn't step up or take off up the middle? What if the sack is at 3 seconds but the coverage is good but someone got beat horribly? Could be all three, they have to judge. It's not an exact science
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Oct 6, 2012 at 9:55 PM ]