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Pressure Percentage: Final 2009 Results

by Staff Report on February 14, 2010

Back in 2008 Bucs Central broke down how effective each NFL teams was a getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, well those stats are back! We once again broke down the numbers, armed with are geek squad excel workbook and stats readily available from Profootballfocus.com and NFL.com we added, subtracted and divided to see just how far the Buccaneers dropped in the rankings from 2008.

Based on the information from 2008, 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.

Looking at the final numbers for 2009, if the trend from 2008 continues will we see the bottom teams in terms of “Pressure Percentage” once again be drafting to fill needs?

Now looking at the stats from 2009 the ” Total Pre” column represents sacks, plus quarterback hits plus quarterback pressures. The “Total Sacks Plus Att” represents the number of passes plus sacks each defense faced. The “%” column represents the percentage a team was able to get pressure i.e. sacks, plus quarterback hits, plus pressures, then divided by the total amount of attempts plus sacks.

The “Pre Per Drop Backs” is the actual number a quarterback was able to drop back before a team was able to apply pressure.

Rk Team Total Pre Total Sacks Plus Att % Pre Per Drop Backs
1 Minnesota Vikings 309 569 54% 1.84
2 Dallas Cowboys 320 606 53% 1.89
3 New York Jets 267 531 50% 1.99
4 Philadelphia Eagles 287 618 46% 2.15
5 New Orleans Saints 264 594 44% 2.25
6 Arizona Cardinals 271 619 44% 2.28
7 Cleveland Browns 243 556 44% 2.29
8 Indianapolis Colts 259 596 43% 2.30
9 Atlanta Falcons 239 563 42% 2.36
10 New York Giants 221 530 42% 2.40
11 Pittsburgh Steelers 249 598 42% 2.40
12 Miami Dolphins 216 523 41% 2.42
13 Green Bay Packers 244 591 41% 2.42
14 Carolina Panthers 211 528 40% 2.50
15 San Francisco 49ers 246 620 40% 2.52
16 Tennessee Titans 243 619 39% 2.55
17 Houston Texans 224 573 39% 2.56
18 New England Patriots 206 530 39% 2.57
19 Denver Broncos 211 544 39% 2.58
20 Oakland Raiders 187 487 38% 2.60
21 Chicago Bears 217 566 38% 2.61
22 Washington Redskins 212 557 38% 2.63
23 Baltimore Ravens 210 560 38% 2.67
24 San Diego Chargers 209 560 37% 2.68
25 Kansas City Chiefs 193 554 35% 2.87
26 Seattle Seahawks 212 609 35% 2.87
27 St. Louis Rams 181 535 34% 2.96
28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 173 515 34% 2.98
29 Cincinnati Bengals 188 576 33% 3.06
30 Buffalo Bills 177 565 31% 3.19
31 Detroit Lions 181 588 31% 3.25
32 Jacksonville Jaguars 156 554 28% 3.55
NFL AVERAGE 226 567 40% 2.51
Rk Team Total Pre Total Sacks Plus Att % Pre Per Drop Backs
1 Minnesota Vikings 309 569 54% 1.84
2 Dallas Cowboys 320 606 53% 1.89
3 New York Jets 267 531 50% 1.99
4 Philadelphia Eagles 287 618 46% 2.15
5 New Orleans Saints 264 594 44% 2.25
6 Arizona Cardinals 271 619 44% 2.28
7 Cleveland Browns 243 556 44% 2.29
8 Indianapolis Colts 259 596 43% 2.30
9 Atlanta Falcons 239 563 42% 2.36
10 New York Giants 221 530 42% 2.40
11 Pittsburgh Steelers 249 598 42% 2.40
12 Miami Dolphins 216 523 41% 2.42
13 Green Bay Packers 244 591 41% 2.42
14 Carolina Panthers 211 528 40% 2.50
15 San Francisco 49ers 246 620 40% 2.52
16 Tennessee Titans 243 619 39% 2.55
17 Houston Texans 224 573 39% 2.56
18 New England Patriots 206 530 39% 2.57
19 Denver Broncos 211 544 39% 2.58
20 Oakland Raiders 187 487 38% 2.60
21 Chicago Bears 217 566 38% 2.61
22 Washington Redskins 212 557 38% 2.63
23 Baltimore Ravens 210 560 38% 2.67
24 San Diego Chargers 209 560 37% 2.68
25 Kansas City Chiefs 193 554 35% 2.87
26 Seattle Seahawks 212 609 35% 2.87
27 St. Louis Rams 181 535 34% 2.96
28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 173 515 34% 2.98
29 Cincinnati Bengals 188 576 33% 3.06
30 Buffalo Bills 177 565 31% 3.19
31 Detroit Lions 181 588 31% 3.25
32 Jacksonville Jaguars 156 554 28% 3.55
NFL AVERAGE 226 567 40% 2.51

Based on the information from 2008 & 2009, the Buccaneers dropped from 12th in the league in 2008 all the way down to 28th in just one season. It’s no secret to win in the NFL a team must do four things adequately well in order to be a legitimate contender year in and year out. Those are protect the passer, open holes in the running game, get after the quarterback and stop the run. Based on that and an earlier stats breakdown on ” Pass Blocking sack Percentage” it’s safe to say the Bucs attention will surely be on upgrading the talent along its defensive line heading into the draft and free agency.

Whether or not it will be with the consensus number one overall prospect at defensive tackle remains to be seen. But I would not rule out the team adding a few new defensive lineman to the roster this offseason.

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The White Tiger February 16, 2010 at 4:04 am

Nice work – I do wonder what it would look like to compare the defense under Bates to the defense under Raheem – by using this criteria?

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