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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