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      As has been discussed here before, toward the end of the season DCs were sending lots of these blitzes that Glennon didn’t identify and they had a huge impact on his play.  Lots of folks blame the OL for this but unblocked guys are usually on the QB.https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/04/04/unblocked-pressure-offense/Unblocked Pressure: OffenseBen Stockwell | April 4, 2014Share by Emailunblocked-pressure-OContinuing our look into unblocked pressure, we turn our attention to the league’s offenses and their ability to minimize the amount and withstand the effects of free runners against them.There are a number of ways that an offense can regulate the unblocked pressure it sees. For starters they can simply execute both pre-snap and during the play. Teams with smarter centers and quarterbacks setting the protection should be able to pick up when and where the pressure is coming from and thus be able to pick up defenders that other, perhaps less aware, offenses may leave unattended. At the same time you can minimize their numbers by being better at passing off rushers on stunts so that defenders don’t get free runs on loop-arounds.Finally you can simply get rid of the ball before the free runner becomes a threat to the passer. Just because there is a free runner on the play doesn’t necessarily mean he will convert that into unblocked pressure. If you pick it up pre-snap then a quick release will neutralize the free runner before he ever becomes a factor in the play, mark another one up for the perceptive quarterback improving his pass protection.Manning Keeps the Free Runners at BayIt should be no surprise to see Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ atop the list of offenses giving up the least unblocked pressure during the 2013 regular season. Manning ticks off many of the key attributes we spoke about above in terms of his pre-snap organization and, in particular, his quick release — if you get rid of the ball consistently within 2.5 seconds there isn’t going to be a great deal of time to generate any pressure, even unblocked.The Broncos did, however, see a downturn in their unblocked pressure allowed during the second half of the season. Through to the beginning of November the Broncos had only allowed nine unblocked pressures but by season’s end that total rose to 30. The Chiefs (2 Ht, 2 Hu) and Texans (3 Ht, 3 Hu) showed that there was an unblocked path to Peyton Manning, though the Seahawks didn’t need to take advantage of this in the Super Bowl, they just got their pressure directly through the Broncos’ pass protectors.Total Unblocked Pressures AllowedRank Offense Sacks Hits Hurries Total Pressures Sack % Knockdown %1 DEN 1 12 17 30 3.3% 43.3%2 SD 0 11 21 32 0.0% 34.4%3 PIT 5 6 25 36 13.9% 30.6%4 NYG 5 7 24 36 13.9% 33.3%5 SF 8 5 23 36 22.2% 36.1%6 GB 9 10 18 37 24.3% 51.4%7 CIN 7 8 23 38 18.4% 39.5%8 NE 9 13 16 38 23.7% 57.9%9 PHI 9 15 17 41 22.0% 58.5%10 CHI 6 12 24 42 14.3% 42.9%11 BUF 7 18 18 43 16.3% 58.1%12 TEN 4 12 30 46 8.7% 34.8%13 ARZ 6 17 23 46 13.0% 50.0%14 IND 4 18 25 47 8.5% 46.8%15 MIA 10 15 22 47 21.3% 53.2%16 NO 5 10 33 48 10.4% 31.3%17 DET 6 17 25 48 12.5% 47.9%18 TB 8 8 32 48 16.7% 33.3%19 DAL 5 10 35 50 10.0% 30.0%20 SL 8 15 27 50 16.0% 46.0%21 CAR 9 8 33 50 18.0% 34.0%22 BLT 10 14 27 51 19.6% 47.1%23 KC 5 9 42 56 8.9% 25.0%24 OAK 5 10 42 57 8.8% 26.3%25 CLV 7 17 33 57 12.3% 42.1%26 JAX 8 20 29 57 14.0% 49.1%27 WAS 10 17 33 60 16.7% 45.0%28 ATL 4 22 35 61 6.6% 42.6%29 MIN 8 21 32 61 13.1% 47.5%30 NYJ 10 15 37 62 16.1% 40.3%31 SEA 7 17 39 63 11.1% 38.1%32 HST 13 22 43 78 16.7% 44.9%At the bottom of the class were the Houston Texans who took a poor first half of the season (30 unblocked pressures) and got worse as it went on, surrendering 48 unblocked pressures in their final nine games. Only twice in that run to the end of the season did the Texans yield fewer than five unblocked pressures in a single game (three against New England in Week 13, one against Tennessee in Week 17) and only once all season did they manage not to yield an unblocked sack or hit (one hurry allowed to the Rams).The Texans were the most susceptible offense in the league to giving up unblocked pressure due to overloads, surrendering 36 pressures by that means (9 Sk, 10 Ht, 17 Hu), more than four times as many as Manning and the Broncos (8 – 1 Sk, 4 Ht, 3 Hu).Smith Feels the Heat but Stays UprightSurrendering 56 unblocked pressures the Kansas City Chiefs were among the league’s 10 worst offenses at giving up unblocked pressure but as a group, led by quarterback Alex Smith, they did the league’s best job at ensuring those pressures weren’t converted into hits and sacks. Of the 56 unblocked pressures the Chiefs surrendered last year only five were sacks and nine of them hits, a league best conversion rate of 25%.Other offenses that saw the quarterback tending to be upright against unblocked pressure were the quarterback by committee in Oakland, the Ben Roethlisberger led Steelers and the Drew Brees led Saints. This collection of quarterback shows how different approaches to quarterback play can yield success in ensuring the quarterback doesn’t go down against unblocked pressure. If you’re good at it whether you fight the pressure (literally in Roethlisberger’s case) or do it by subtle movement in the pocket and timely release (Brees and Smith) success can be found in abundance.Conversion to Knockdowns Allowed, Top 5Rank Offense Sacks Hits Hurries Total Pressure Sack % Knockdown %1 KC 5 9 42 56 8.9% 25.0%2 OAK 5 10 42 57 8.8% 26.3%3 DAL 5 10 35 50 10.0% 30.0%4 PIT 5 6 25 36 13.9% 30.6%5 NO 5 10 33 48 10.4% 31.3% At the other end of the scale, five offenses saw their quarterback hit the turf on more than 50% of the unblocked pressure they surrendered. The Cardinals were bang on 50% and just outside the bottom five while three members of the AFC East were in this particular basement. At mid-season the Patriots led the way in this unwanted statistic and while they were better in the second half they still ranked third from bottom with Tom Brady hitting the turf 22 times (9 Sk, 13 Ht) due to unblocked pressure over the course of the season.Conversion to Knockdowns Allowed, Bottom 5Rank Offense Sacks Hits Hurries Total Pressure Sack % Knockdown %28 GB 9 10 18 37 24.3% 51.4%29 MIA 10 15 22 47 21.3% 53.2%30 NE 9 13 16 38 23.7% 57.9%31 BUF 7 18 18 43 16.3% 58.1%32 PHI 9 15 17 41 22.0% 58.5% Kaepernick Turns the TablesHaving an agile quarterback will certainly help when dealing with free runners and the league’s best offense at making a defense pay for not getting home with their unblocked pressure were the Colin Kaepernick led 49ers. As if to epitomize that balance Kaepernick was sacked on more than a quarter of the plays where he faced unblocked pressure (nine times on 35 drop-backs), comfortably above the league average of 18.1%. However, when he was able to either make the free runner miss or get the ball out ahead of time, he made those defenses pay with both his arms and his legs.Kaepernick scrambled four times and registered an offensive success on three of those carries while notching a league leading 125.4 passer rating and 10.5 yards per attempt passing the ball against unblocked pressure. He wasn’t shy of going deep against unblocked pressure with average depth of target of 10.7 yards (eighth-deepest) but his completions tended to benefit from the work of his receivers after the catch with his 18.7 yards per completion including an average of 12 yards after the catch.A notable name at the top is Philip Rivers, often accused in recent seasons of being a quarterback who gets flustered under pressure. In our signature stats pages you’ll see that Rivers had the league’s second highest completion percentage (57.4%) under any kind of pressure and that translated particularly well against unblocked defenders. One of three quarterbacks to top 100 in passer rating against unblocked pressure, Rivers led the league snagging a conversion (touchdown or first down) on 44.8% of his attempts and only tossing one interception. Had he not suffered four drops on his 23 targets his numbers would have been even better.Unblocked Pressure – Passer Rating, Top 10Rank QB UnP Drop-backs Sacks Scrambles Att Comp Yds Yds/Att TD IN Rating1 Colin Kaepernick 35 9 4 22 13 231 10.5 2 0 125.42 Philip Rivers 29 1 0 28 17 188 6.7 3 1 101.53 Ben Roethlisberger 36 6 0 30 17 162 5.4 2 0 94.04 Alex D. Smith 46 6 1 39 21 206 5.3 2 0 86.15 Nick Foles 21 7 0 14 9 90 6.4 0 0 82.46 Cam Newton 47 12 2 33 20 176 5.3 2 1 82.47 Robert Griffin III 51 12 4 35 17 229 6.5 3 2 74.68 Matt Cassel 29 7 1 21 10 75 3.6 1 0 72.59 Christian Ponder 25 3 0 22 13 106 4.8 0 0 71.410 Russell Wilson 63 10 6 47 23 342 7.3 2 2 69.6 Room for Improvement in Tampa BayThe Buccaneers were in the middle of the road when it came to surrendering unblocked pressure last season (48 – 8 Sk, 8 Ht, 32 Hu) but it had a severe effect on their young starting quarterback. On 38 drop-backs against unblocked pressure, Mike Glennon was sacked eight times and had a passer rating of just 11.5 on his 29 pass attempts (one scramble, four throw aways), netting just 1.4 yards per attempt. Only Carson Palmer threw more than Glennon’s three interceptions under unblocked duress, though, with an extra eight pass attempts for Palmer their interception rates were comparably poor.Unblocked Pressure – Passer Rating, Bottom 10Rank QB UnP Drop-backs Sacks Scrambles Att Comp Yds Yds/Att TD IN Rating25 Carson Palmer 44 7 0 37 20 211 5.7 2 4 49.326 Terrelle Pryor 35 7 2 26 12 142 5.5 0 1 47.327 Jason Campbell 26 2 0 24 10 79 3.3 1 1 47.028 Andrew Luck 47 6 1 40 16 123 3.1 1 1 46.129 Andy Dalton 37 9 0 28 9 110 3.9 0 0 45.230 Joe Flacco 51 12 0 39 20 127 3.3 2 3 43.431 Case Keenum 47 11 1 35 11 132 3.8 1 1 41.632 Matt Schaub 30 3 0 27 10 147 5.4 1 2 37.133 Geno Smith 56 14 0 42 13 170 4.0 0 1 34.834 Mike Glennon 38 8 1 29 7 42 1.4 1 3 11.5 Follow Ben on Twitter @PFF_Ben

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      interesting stuff, thanks for posting.  Like most things, it would be helpful to know what was going on in the huddle and sidelines, particularly with the sacks

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      Really goes to show you the offensive line was not as bad as people wanted to think. They ranked #18 in total pressure, with 30 fewer pressures than the worst team and only 6 more than the #10 team. They were a lot closer to being good than being bad.

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      How dare that rookie QB.. To be bad when pressured against those good defenses we faced when the OC routinely called run on first down run on second down pass on third down.

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      How dare that rookie QB.. To be bad when pressured against those good defenses we faced when the OC routinely called run on first down run on second down pass on third down.

      +1I'm not a Glennonite, but the kid was a rookie who played 13 games. Of course he's going to get some protection calls wrong. It's not like he's a 5 year vet who put up arguably the worst performance ever for a QB on Monday Night Football. Imagine if a loser like that was our QB!

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      Really goes to show you the offensive line was not as bad as people wanted to think. They ranked #18 in total pressure, with 30 fewer pressures than the worst team and only 6 more than the #10 team. They were a lot closer to being good than being bad.

      The pass protection wasnt good nor was it bad. I never used pass protection as an excuse this year. Run blocking was a whole different story. Theyre were awful at opening up holes except for about 3 games, and  those 3 games we did awesome rushing the ball. The run blocking has been atrocious the past 3 years now.

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      How dare that rookie QB.. To be bad when pressured against those good defenses we faced when the OC routinely called run on first down run on second down pass on third down.

      +1I'm not a Glennonite, but the kid was a rookie who played 13 games. Of course he's going to get some protection calls wrong. It's not like he's a 5 year vet who put up arguably the worst performance ever for a QB on Monday Night Football. Imagine if a loser like that was our QB!

      I would be totally fine if they moved on from Glennon but people bag on the guy like he had every opportunity to ball out but didn't. Bad coaching, zero at WR after VJax, 3rd string RB, injured/horrible OL, and he played the top defenses almost every week. And he still had one of the better rookie QBing seasons.Let's hate on him because he didn't win despite all of that and because he doesn't run around.

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      How dare that rookie QB.. To be bad when pressured against those good defenses we faced when the OC routinely called run on first down run on second down pass on third down.

      +1I'm not a Glennonite, but the kid was a rookie who played 13 games. Of course he's going to get some protection calls wrong. It's not like he's a 5 year vet who put up arguably the worst performance ever for a QB on Monday Night Football. Imagine if a loser like that was our QB!

      I would be totally fine if they moved on from Glennon but people bag on the guy like he had every opportunity to ball out but didn't. Bad coaching, zero at WR after VJax, 3rd string RB, injured/horrible OL, and he played the top defenses almost every week. And he still had one of the better rookie QBing seasons.

      exactly

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      Really goes to show you the offensive line was not as bad as people wanted to think. They ranked #18 in total pressure, with 30 fewer pressures than the worst team and only 6 more than the #10 team. They were a lot closer to being good than being bad.

      The pass protection wasnt good nor was it bad. I never used pass protection as an excuse this year. Run blocking was a whole different story. Theyre were awful at opening up holes except for about 3 games, and  those 3 games we did awesome rushing the ball. The run blocking has been atrocious the past 3 years now.

      Agreed.

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      People who do well with unblocked pressure are as follows, elite QBs or people with some scrambling ability. A rookie QB was worst in the league and another rookie QB was 2nd to last. The bills QB would have been right there with them but i suspect his running ability gave him an option.

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      We can all make excuses and think of all the reasons Glennon performed this poorly, but the thing is he wasn’t even close to being ok at this. He was flat out horrible. So it’s not just that he would need to get better. He would need to get ASTRONOMICALLY better. We can all look at this list and more than likely agree that of the top 10 QBs under pressure, 8 of them are good players and of the bottom 10, 1 of them is a good player and another 1-2 might sometimes be good players. In order to be the kind of player this team needs, Glennon doesn’t just need to jump 5-6 players, he needs to jump like 20-25 players. That seems like an uphill climb, especially when there’s a huge gap between Glennon and the second worst guy on this list.

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      How dare that rookie QB.. To be bad when pressured against those good defenses we faced when the OC routinely called run on first down run on second down pass on third down.

      +1I'm not a Glennonite, but the kid was a rookie who played 13 games. Of course he's going to get some protection calls wrong. It's not like he's a 5 year vet who put up arguably the worst performance ever for a QB on Monday Night Football. Imagine if a loser like that was our QB!

      I would be totally fine if they moved on from Glennon but people bag on the guy like he had every opportunity to ball out but didn't. Bad coaching, zero at WR after VJax, 3rd string RB, injured/horrible OL, and he played the top defenses almost every week. And he still had one of the better rookie QBing seasons.Let's hate on him because he didn't win despite all of that and because he doesn't run around.

      A whole list of excuses pointing the finger elsewhere, and sure those might have been issues but this article highlights a fault that lies squarely on the QB.

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      We can all make excuses and think of all the reasons Glennon performed this poorly, but the thing is he wasn't even close to being ok at this. He was flat out horrible. So it's not just that he would need to get better. He would need to get ASTRONOMICALLY better. We can all look at this list and more than likely agree that of the top 10 QBs under pressure, 8 of them are good players and of the bottom 10, 1 of them is a good player and another 1-2 might sometimes be good players. In order to be the kind of player this team needs, Glennon doesn't just need to jump 5-6 players, he needs to jump like 20-25 players. That seems like an uphill climb, especially when there's a huge gap between Glennon and the second worst guy on this list.

      Wouldn't that be where good coaching comes to play?What about how players naturally become better going in to their second year? Andrew Luck is on that bottom half too and he'll get better so why can't Glennon?

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    • Anonymous

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      How dare that rookie QB.. To be bad when pressured against those good defenses we faced when the OC routinely called run on first down run on second down pass on third down.

      +1I'm not a Glennonite, but the kid was a rookie who played 13 games. Of course he's going to get some protection calls wrong. It's not like he's a 5 year vet who put up arguably the worst performance ever for a QB on Monday Night Football. Imagine if a loser like that was our QB!

      I would be totally fine if they moved on from Glennon but people bag on the guy like he had every opportunity to ball out but didn't. Bad coaching, zero at WR after VJax, 3rd string RB, injured/horrible OL, and he played the top defenses almost every week. And he still had one of the better rookie QBing seasons.Let's hate on him because he didn't win despite all of that and because he doesn't run around.

      A whole list of excuses pointing the finger elsewhere, and sure those might have been issues but this article highlights a fault that lies squarely on the QB.

      Yea excuses... Pointing fingers And yet STILL had one of the better rookie passing seasons.

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      How dare that rookie QB.. To be bad when pressured against those good defenses we faced when the OC routinely called run on first down run on second down pass on third down.

      +1I'm not a Glennonite, but the kid was a rookie who played 13 games. Of course he's going to get some protection calls wrong. It's not like he's a 5 year vet who put up arguably the worst performance ever for a QB on Monday Night Football. Imagine if a loser like that was our QB!

      I would be totally fine if they moved on from Glennon but people bag on the guy like he had every opportunity to ball out but didn't. Bad coaching, zero at WR after VJax, 3rd string RB, injured/horrible OL, and he played the top defenses almost every week. And he still had one of the better rookie QBing seasons.Let's hate on him because he didn't win despite all of that and because he doesn't run around.

      A whole list of excuses pointing the finger elsewhere, and sure those might have been issues but this article highlights a fault that lies squarely on the QB.

      Yea excuses... Pointing fingers And yet STILL had one of the better rookie passing seasons.

      and is still on the team.  I'll laugh if the draft comes and goes and we go to camp with McCown, Glennon, Kafka, and some qb picked in the late rounds, or undrafted. People think because Glennon is perceived as a statue of a qb, that Lovie is going to jettison him. Glennon took care of the ball, and that is what Lovie cares about most. I can see McCown and Tedford training Glennon and Kafka as the qbs that will duel it out for 2016, because McCown will probably be here two years.

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      Where is the bass? 

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      Where is the bass?

      saying goodbye to Mike Williams?  :D

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