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Sending Washington after the quarterback

Posted by Darren Urban on June 29, 2012 – 2:34 pm

An interesting article this week from profootballfocus.com about linebackers pressuring the quarterback. They weren’t counting outside guys in the 3-4 alignments — only true linebackers. But the man at the top of the NFL over the past three seasons based on percentage of pressures compared to number of rushes? Arizona’s Daryl Washington.

PFF explains its math this way: “The formula, for those who like a bit of math, involves weighing hits and hurries as worth three quarters that of a sack, dividing that number by the number of snaps they spent rushing the passer and then multiplying by 100. Just like that you have Pass Rushing Productivity.”

They have charted Washington with 165 pass rush tries over two seasons and 35 QB pressures, with a “PRP” of 16.97. Second on the list is the 14.23 from Green Bay’s Desmond Bishop. Washington has a lot less rushes than some, partly because he’s only played two years, partly because of how he is used. Houston’s Brian Cushing, third on the list and who has played all three years, has rushed 462 times in that span.

What it does is confirm again that Washington is effective in a lot of areas, and has a chance to be a star. He certainly wants to make more impact plays this year. His effectiveness going after the passer (he had five sacks last year) could increase his sack total with more chances. Then again, the way DC Ray Horton schemes things up, I’m not sure there is a position on the defense that wouldn’t blitz the passer at any given time.


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15 Responses to “Sending Washington after the quarterback”

  1. By fightingbird on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, this question dont have anything to do with this blog but Im wanting to go to hall of fame game what do I need to do.? Can I pay at the stadium or order tickets or what.If I get to go it will be my first Hall of Fame game. thank you if you can give any info.

  2. By Darren Urban on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    fightingbird –

    RE: Hall of Fame tickets

    http://prod1.agileticketing.net/WebSales/pages/EventList.aspx?epguid=43109787-873a-4318-b876-969a0dd75fd5&

  3. By Ernie on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren, good to finally meet you today, hope i didnt interrupt your lunch break. My son is a big cards fan, and now will be living in Colorado with his momma, and he.will be wearing red loud and proud. Hooe we see you guys at camp, maybe he.can meet you as well.

  4. By Dre on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    D wash is a stud get him more of a Chance to go after the qb so he can over come willes

  5. By ndpenner on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren, off topic, but nfl.com has a story about Mcnabb possibly coming to AZ. I’m sure you’d like to revisit this discussion at some point…lol.

  6. By Secret on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    D Wash is the heart of the Defense now. Its good to have a reliable play maker in the middle of the field.

  7. By Darren Urban on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Ernie –

    RE: Meeting

    I was good to meet you too. Thanks for saying hello.

  8. By in fitz we trust on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    please……. nfl.com stop with the mcnabb to AZ rumors ( again ) but logically as a 3rd string QB would mcnabb be bad??? i mean i favor bartel over lindley or whatever dudes name is, would u want bartel over mcnabb??? makes you wonder lol

  9. By azdesertrat1953 on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply

    What, does nfl.com think, that the Cards are going to dump a good backup QB for McNabb!?! I think the front office is just a bit smarter than that.

    Yes, I would take Bartel over McNabb, he has a better chance of moving the offence, better chance than McNabb.

    GO CARDS!!!

  10. By azdesertrat1953 on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply

    I have seen him make plays all the time but WOW! The Cardinals Fans have got to be happy with Daryl Washington, I know I am!

    GO CARDS!!!

  11. By cardsalltheway on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply

    Watch Washington on your Ipad or laptop while you’re at the stadium – if you go – but don’t worry about not seeing your Cardinals on TV if you don’t go…
    ‘NFL eases local TV blackout restrictions for upcoming season’
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82a406ee/article/nfl-eases-local-tv-blackout-restrictions-for-upcoming-season?module=HP11_headline_stack
    “Owners approved the measure at the NFL Annual Meeting in May.”

    Don’t you love it how owners keep us fans updated on a timely manner?

  12. By Eazy E on Jul 1, 2012 | Reply

    I loved when we drafted this guy. He’ll be one of our cornerstones for years to come on D.

  13. By Walter L on Jul 1, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t understand for the life of me why, with as productive as he has been in his two seasons, they don’t sell Daryl Washington 58 jerseys in any sports memorbelia stores. Just because he wasn’t a first round pick? For shame. D-Wash has the skills to be the next great 20/20 player for the Cards! I guess he’ll just have to burst out on the teams way to the Superbowl this season. ;)

  14. By Veronica on Jul 2, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Darren for writing an article about my nephew D-Wash , he is very talented. He is a hard worker and loves the game of football.

  15. By William Barry on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    D-Wash is great—GO CARDS TO THE SUPERBOWL!!!!

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