Why don’t the Hurricanes have more sacks? A defensive dive before N.C. State

When Gregory Rousseau opted out because of COVID-19 concerns prior to the season, the Miami Hurricanes still expected to have one of the best pass-rushing units in the country. And they’ve still been very good. With Temple transfer Quincy Roche and former No. 1 overall recruit Jaelan Phillips creating 22 pressures each at defensive end, […]

Alabama’s pass rush conundrum: How effective has it really been?

Is the glass half empty or half full? As with a lot of things, it depends on your perspective. Is Alabama’s pass rush effective or ineffective? Well, it depends on your perspective, how you interpret stats and which stats you value most. Here are the facts. Form your own opinion. Alabama ranks 12th in the […]

2019 LA Rams 5 man pass rush ranks fourth in NFL

The LA Rams were one of the most “results-oriented” pass-sacking defenses in the NFL in 2019. Results-oriented, because the Rams generated 50 quarterback sacks in 2019, good for the fourth-ranked defense in the nation.  But as is the case with many such statistics, there is the story within the story. You see, teams get credit for the sacks, […]

How Seahawks DE Darrell Taylor Stacked Up Against Best Pass Rushers in 2019

The Seahawks’ biggest need of the offseason was obvious: rushing the passer. Finding effective quarterback hunters was the absolute necessity. This was true even before the Jadeveon Clowney free agency saga, which remains without a conclusion. Simply put, the Seahawks have to be better at affecting quarterbacks in 2020 and second-round draft pick Darrell Taylor […]

Evaluating Pass Rush & Blocking Using Opponent Adjustments

Because there are so few games in a season, stats can be skewed quite a bit if you face a particularly favorable or unfavorable matchup. The two most recent six-sack games, from Adrian Clayborn in 2017 and Osi Umenyiora in 2007, both came against backup left tackles. Their full-season numbers were inflated thanks to their ability to capitalize on […]

Why the 49ers’ pass defense has fallen apart — and can it be fixed?

According to Saleh, the Rams called 21 boot-action plays against his defense last Saturday, which Saleh called “unheard of.” Throwing boot concepts at a defense with a fast, aggressive defensive front forces defensive linemen to make second reactions when they’d rather not. It forces linebackers to sail betwixt and between run fits and coverage adjustments. […]

The Kansas City Chiefs Can Cover And The Defense Is Dangerous

Last year, the Kansas City Chiefs had the league’s best offense but the team was undone by a defense that couldn’t get a stop. That led to an overhaul of the Kansas City defensive structure. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was replaced by Steve Spagnuolo and a number of additions were made on that side of […]

Leonard Williams makes sense in the short term for the Giants

Williams will slide into a crowded defensive line group for the Giants. The Giants have spent recent draft capital on a trio of defensive tackles in Dalvin Tomlinson (55th overall in 2017), B.J. Hill (69th overall in 2018), and Dexter Lawrence (17th overall in 2019). With the draft picks they just invested into Williams, he’s […]

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