According to the link above, our defense finished 1st in hurry %, 4th in QB knockdowns, 2nd in pressures and 3rd in pressure %. Unfortunately we are 23rd in sacks, so we have been horrible in converting pressures to sacks.
With that said, I think it is pretty clear that we are affecting the QB as much as any team in the league. We desperately need outside CB help.
I think what we’re doing is moving the QB off his initial spot. We (@CuriousHusker ) kind of had a pressure chat a couple weeks ago, just trying to make sense of the numbers. The number I need to see (but cannot) is what the average time to throw is for our opponent. If that initial pressure is picked up and no other lineman is getting home, great, we tallied a stat but didn’t really affect the QB in a significant way.
I actually think Nick Mullens is pretty good in some ways. Yes, he is too reckless but the recklessness is in part what makes him so dangerous.
It’s a mixed bag with Nick for sure but I don’t think people are entirely seeing the Forrest for the trees. Nick Mullens tries passes that nobody outside of Josh Allen will. Some blow up in his face. Some turn into huge plays. The outcome with a Mullens-Jefferson led passing attack is usually going to be high output with some big mistakes.
The hurries and knockdowns are not always statistics that are straight forward. We have the 10th highest blitz percentage… and sorry I can’t find more specific stats, but AG loves to send 6-7 guys on his blitzes. He rarely rushes only 5. So when they blitz, they very often get a hurry / knock down since they are trying to get free rushers. But how often are we getting burned when rushing 6 or 7? and how often do we actually get pressure rushing 3 or 4?
I think the one I prefer is getting off the field. So when Minny makes a 3rd and 30 I might want to murder someone.
With that said, I think sacks are under valued. Yep I said it. I would love to see the numbers for how many teams overcome a sack and get the first down or TD. Drive altering activities are crucial. Hurries are nice but only if they lead to an INT or incomplete pass. Otherwise they seem like an empty stat.
So this is where I struggle with the Lions is how often they give up 3rd and 15+ yards first downs through either a big play or a defensive foul.
I think that is surely part of it. I also think our lack of an edge counterpart had allowed QBs to either drift in the pocket away from Hutch or climb the pocket. The recent emergence of Romeo (who has been a beast on his snaps recently) and Paschal certainly helps.