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Protection & Offensive Explosiveness: Where Do The Bucs Rank

by Staff Report on January 23, 2010

There are many ways to look at NFL stats in general; the easiest way of course is just to glance over the wins and loss columns, as it truly means more then individual or team stats. But digging a little deeper often times reveals which teams are heads and shoulders above the rest of the league or if a team can overcome a weakness by developing or improving on a strength.

So, what we did was take a look at an offensive lines ability or inability to protect a quarterback and how it affected there ability to make explosive plays in the passing game.

The first list of data is geared to see which teams fared better at protecting there respective signal callers. While it’s subjective in nature, we decided only to look at quarterback hits and sacks as quarterback pressures are harder to determine. So by taking the total amount of attempts per team and dividing them by the total number of sacks and quarterbacks hits to determine the pressure percentage each team’s offensive line gave up over the course of the 2009 season. We then divided the number of total pressure by the actual attempts to determine the number of times a quarterback could drop back before being sacked or hit.

Offensive Line Protection
Rk Team Att Sacks QB Hits Total % Per Att
1 Indianapolis Colts 601 13 44 57 9% 11
2 Tennessee Titans 476 15 44 59 12% 8
3 New Orleans Saints 544 20 52 72 13% 8
4 New England Patriots 592 18 70 88 15% 7
5 Atlanta Falcons 570 27 59 86 15% 7
6 San Diego Chargers 519 26 53 79 15% 7
7 Denver Broncos 558 34 60 94 17% 6
8 Miami Dolphins 545 34 63 97 18% 6
9 Cincinnati Bengals 477 29 56 85 18% 6
10 Philadelphia Eagles 553 38 62 100 18% 6
11 New York Giants 542 32 74 106 20% 5
12 Houston Texans 593 25 92 117 20% 5
13 Arizona Cardinals 594 26 93 119 20% 5
14 Chicago Bears 563 35 78 113 20% 5
15 Dallas Cowboys 550 34 78 112 20% 5
16 Carolina Panthers 465 33 62 95 20% 5
17 Cleveland Browns 443 30 61 91 21% 5
18 New York Jets 393 30 53 83 21% 5
19 Minnesota Vikings 553 34 83 117 21% 5
20 Baltimore Ravens 510 36 72 108 21% 5
21 Seattle Seahawks 609 41 91 132 22% 5
22 San Francisco 49ers 528 40 84 124 23% 4
23 Detroit Lions 585 43 95 138 24% 4
24 Pittsburgh Steelers 536 50 77 127 24% 4
25 Kansas City Chiefs 536 45 83 128 24% 4
26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 524 33 95 128 24% 4
27 Green Bay Packers 553 51 93 144 26% 4
28 St. Louis Rams 543 44 98 142 26% 4
29 Washington Redskins 533 46 95 141 26% 4
30 Oakland Raiders 485 49 96 145 30% 3
31 Jacksonville Jaguars 519 44 125 169 33% 3
32 Buffalo Bills 441 46 103 149 34% 3
NFL Average 532 34 76 111 21% 5

The second list of data is how explosive an offense was in the passing game. To determine the explosiveness of an offense’s passing attack we took the total number of 20 and 40 plus yard passing plays and divided them by the total number of attempts plus sacks.

Explosive Passing Plays Percentage / Per Attempt
Rk Team Att 20+ 40+ Total % Per Att
1 Miami Dolphins 579 29 4 33 6% 18
2 St. Louis Rams 587 32 2 34 6% 17
3 Cleveland Browns 473 25 4 29 6% 16
4 Oakland Raiders 534 30 4 34 6% 16
5 Seattle Seahawks 650 39 6 45 7% 14
6 Detroit Lions 628 39 6 45 7% 14
7 Atlanta Falcons 597 39 5 44 7% 14
8 Buffalo Bills 487 31 6 37 8% 13
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 557 40 4 44 8% 13
10 Tennessee Titans 491 32 8 40 8% 12
11 Cincinnati Bengals 506 36 5 41 8% 12
12 Arizona Cardinals 620 49 3 52 8% 12
13 San Francisco 49ers 568 42 7 49 9% 12
14 New England Patriots 610 43 12 55 9% 11
15 Denver Broncos 592 43 9 52 9% 11
16 Kansas City Chiefs 581 41 9 50 9% 12
17 Jacksonville Jaguars 563 44 6 50 9% 11
18 Washington Redskins 579 43 10 53 9% 11
19 Baltimore Ravens 546 44 8 52 10% 11
20 Carolina Panthers 498 39 10 49 10% 10
21 Chicago Bears 598 56 6 62 10% 10
22 New York Jets 423 37 8 45 11% 9
23 Indianapolis Colts 614 62 8 70 11% 9
24 Minnesota Vikings 587 55 13 68 12% 9
25 New Orleans Saints 564 58 11 69 12% 8
26 Green Bay Packers 604 55 17 72 12% 8
27 Houston Texans 618 63 15 78 13% 8
28 New York Giants 574 62 12 74 13% 8
29 Dallas Cowboys 584 61 17 78 13% 7
30 Pittsburgh Steelers 586 64 14 78 13% 8
31 San Diego Chargers 545 67 13 80 15% 7
32 Philadelphia Eagles 591 65 21 86 15% 7
NFL Average 567 46 9 55 10% 11

The Bucs ranked 26th in pressure per pass attempt, allowing either a sack or quarterback hit once every four times they decided to drop back and pass the football and were ranked 9th worst in explosive passing plays per attempt with one every thirteenth attempt.

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