Here’s a fascinating study from the guys over at Pro Football Focus, directly addressing one of the admitted potential flaws in their pass protection data:
If a team’s offensive philosophy was to throw screens and quick slants every pass play, then it would make life for the offensive linemen relatively easy.
If that was the philosophy, we could see that the team’s linemen never allow pressure over the entire season. On the other hand, if the quarterback decided to hold onto the ball for four seconds every play, then even the best offensive linemen would allow pressure on a somewhat consistent basis.
Having factored this in, they run the numbers again, giving an insight into which pass blockers would have had even better numbers if their quarterback play or offensive gameplan had dictated getting rid of the ball a lot sooner. You’ll note that Willie Colon and Nick Mangold are both in among the leaders at their respective positions.
Read Bent’s thoughts after the jump.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comAs noted, this is a really interesting study and well explained in the article.
I really hope they take this to the next stage and investigate some of the players who struggled to see how using these filters would affect the data at the other end of the spectrum. I’d also be interested to see similar data for pass rushers, especially in light of the fact that some teams were avoiding pressure against the Jets by getting rid of the ball earlier than usual.
It’s not a surprise to see Mangold and Colon grading out well in this area and this gives me an ideal excuse to share my epic Willie Colon triple pass block gif:
In 2014, the Jets will be hoping for more consistent pass blocking from the left guard and, if they get it, the interior pass protection will be in excellent shape.