Most pundits & fans equate pressure as being a team’s flamboyant like ability
to sack an opposing quarterback. But what we here at Bucs Central think of when we reference the word pressure is the entire entity of a team’s relentless ability to effectively rattle, force into, or cause a quarterback to either hold onto the football, with just indecisiveness, make a bad decision or break the timing an rhythm in the passing game between receivers and quarterbacks.
The false sense that many get when glancing at the sack totals from last year is that because a team has a high number of sack they must be better at applying pressure then a team with a limited number of sacks, but this is where the naiveness comes in. By just looking at sacks as the only barometer to judge a team’s ability to effectively harass opposing quarterbacks you are leaving out two very important stats that ultimately have the same effect or ability to apply just as much doubt or inept decision making from a quarterback.
They are not widely discussed or even main stream, they are QB HITS & QB PRESSURES after crunching the numbers from 2008 using sacks, QB hits & QB pressures to determine pressure percentage where all three of the stats are used to effectively calculate a teams ability to get after the quarterback. We get a much clearer look at how often a defense got pressure per passing attempt, not just sacks, but anything that caused the QB to escape the pocket, force a bad throw or cause the QB to take a hit right at the second he releases the football.
The following is the complete list.
|Team||Sacks||QB Hits||QB Pres.||Total Pres.||Pass Att.||% Pres.||Pres. per Att.|
|New England Patriots||30||49||137||216||474||46%||2.19|
|New York Giants||42||50||132||224||503||45%||2.25|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||29||55||113||197||475||41%||2.41|
|Green Bay Packers||34||58||120||212||518||41%||2.44|
|New Orleans Saints||28||39||136||203||526||39%||2.59|
|New York Jets||40||31||145||216||572||38%||2.65|
|San Francisco 49ers||30||41||124||195||545||36%||2.79|
|St. Louis Rams||30||31||96||157||444||35%||2.83|
|Kansas City Chiefs||10||32||131||173||522||33%||3.02|
|San Diego Chargers||27||28||135||190||605||31%||3.18|
Even, though the Dallas Cowboys had the most sacks last season with 58, they were not the best team when is comes to pressure percentage per pass attempt. That honor goes to the Minnesota Vikings who managed to pressure the QB once every 1.68 pass attempts.
Also it’s worth noting that even though the Kansas City Chiefs were dead last registering a meager 10 sacks through 16 games, they were not the worst at applying pressure, that dubious honor goes to the Cincinnati Bengals who managed to have the worst percentage of any team with a 3.42% meaning that they were able to apply pressure once every 3.42 pass attempts.
The NFL average for pressure per pass attempt in 2008 was 2.54.
Though the Bucs ranked 20th in sacks, they ranked 13th in pressures per pass attempt.
Four of the bottom five teams spent first round picks on prospects, that either play defensive end or outside rush linebacker positions, while one drafted a player that many had graded as a first round talent, but fell to the third round.