27 Oct 2005
Over at PROTRADE's Insight section, Gabriel Desjardins takes a look at the question that we've been wanting to answer here for some time: does blitzing work? (PROTRADE has Stats Inc. data I don't have, in case you are wondering why we've never answered this question.) The answers seem pretty obvious: blitzing on first down leads to more sacks and interceptions and fewer rushing yards, but more first downs and more passing yards, in particular yards after catch. Looking at third downs, the evidence seems to show that blitzing helps on short-yardage downs and hurts on longer-yardage downs.
(Late add: it turns out that there was some confusion about methodology, cleared up in the comments below.)
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Our offseason Four Downs series ends with a look at the NFC West's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. The Rams and 49ers have to kick-start their passing games, Arizona's offense lacks a big dimension, and the Seahawks continue to rely on Russell Wilson's magic tricks.