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How Bad Is It Really?


There's been a lot of wailing about our awful OL and how it's putting Eli at risk. So, I thought I'd have a look at the stats at NFL.Com to see whether Eli really was a sack magnet last season. Turns out that Eli ranked 20th in number of sacks last season. That is, 19 quarterbacks got sacked more than Eli and 13 were sacked fewer times. That doesn't sound so horrible, kind of a middle of the road situation, and on the better than average side. However, if you look further, it turns out that some of those less-sacked quarterbacks had fewer passing attempts than Eli. In fact, all of them except Drew Brees and Ryan Fitzpatrick had fewer attempts. We can take that into account by dividing attempts by sacks. This shows that Eli had the 6th lowest sack rate in the league. He was sacked once for every 21 attempts, on average, compared to, say, Tim Tebow, who was sacked once for every 8 attempts. (Really hard to believe, what an awful performance.) Ben Roethlesberger was sacked once every 13 attempts and Tony Romo, once every 14.5. So Eli and the OL combined last year to keep him relatively safe. That feature of the line blocking is not looking like a big problem. The running game may be another story.


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