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Pass Blocking Sack Percentage

by Staff Report on November 10, 2009

While fiddling around using passing stats from the amount of pass attempts – amount of sacks allowed too come up with an easy, yet non-scientific way to gauge a team’s pass protection proficiency. Sure, It wont give a true indicator or competent gauge of whether a quarterback is holding onto the football to long nor will it tell us if a quarterback has a quick release or other metrics and intangibles’ that are usually involved in protections schemes or just that a quarterback is prone to taking sacks or is a rookie making the first few starts of there respective careers that the naked eye see’s when watch game film. It does however give a starting point to how effective overall a team’s ability is at protecting their quarterback is.

Typically, one looks at a quarterbacks release(time it takes to let the football go), decision making or lack there of, ability of the protection scheme, the performance of the actual blockers in front of them and a quarterbacks ability to elude the rush. To get a true determination of where the blame is to be laid when watching game film as to whose fault it was for giving up sacks.

Since none of us have the time, resources or money needed for such an undertaking figured it would be a little bit easier, but of course more subjective to just use a simple math formula and an excel workbook to give us that starting point.

From 2007 through 2009, the average percentage a quarterback has been sacked in the NFL has been a combined average of 6.7 percent. In 2007 the average was 7%, 2008 it was 6% and through week nine of the 2009 season its right at 7%.

2009
RK TEAM ATT SACK SACK %
1 Indianapolis 315 7 2%
2 Tennessee 240 7 3%
3 New England 321 10 3%
4 New Orleans 265 12 5%
5 Houston 326 15 5%
6 Arizona 326 15 5%
7 Cincinnati 260 12 5%
8 Atlanta 257 12 5%
9 Denver 269 13 5%
10 NY Giants 299 15 5%
11 Baltimore 285 16 6%
12 Tampa Bay 268 16 6%
13 Seattle 317 19 6%
14 St. Louis 257 16 6%
15 Dallas 264 17 6%
16 San Diego 274 18 7%
17 Chicago 288 19 7%
18 Minnesota 262 18 7%
19 NY Jets 215 15 7%
20 Jacksonville 269 20 7%
21 Carolina 239 18 8%
22 Philadelphia 266 21 8%
23 Cleveland 233 19 8%
24 Pittsburgh 263 23 9%
25 Detroit 287 26 9%
26 Miami 240 23 10%
27 San Francisco 255 26 10%
28 Buffalo 224 23 10%
29 Washington 248 28 11%
30 Kansas City 251 30 12%
31 Oakland 203 25 12%
32 Green Bay 263 37 14%

As stated above , it’s a mere subject for debate as theirs more then just one component when  judging how well a team protects it signal callers.

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