Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Aug 2009

The Power of Four

Bit of a late slip on this one, but Andy Benoit of NFLTouchdown.com has a story on the importance of generating a pass rush without blitzing, with a sprinkling of data from ourselves on which teams were most and least likely to rush four.

Posted by: Vince Verhei on 26 Aug 2009

5 comments, Last at 27 Aug 2009, 10:09pm by Dan

Comments

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by Yuri (not verified) :: Wed, 08/26/2009 - 6:07pm

Color me unimpressed. For some strange reason the article does not use the words "zone blitz" while describing the scheme.

And, Eli Manning is a stud!

Also, Jared Allen did not join the Vikes in 2001.

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by Theo :: Wed, 08/26/2009 - 7:11pm

I'm afraid Captain Obvious had a big hand in this article.

Yeah, if I can send ROBO-END at the QB, I'd have 10 guys in coverage.

But rushing 5 still leaves 6 players in coverage. 4 on the receivers and 2 deep if you want to. Or cover 1 with a rover. Same difference, depends on the down.

And all this is neglected within the 20 yard lines, where safeties have such a different job and the linemen have to respect the run and short pass much more.

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by drobviousso :: Thu, 08/27/2009 - 11:42am

I can't believe you passed up on ROBOLB instead of ROBO-END.

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by Kibbles :: Thu, 08/27/2009 - 8:02pm

I would have gone with ROBODT. If I could build a ROBODT army I could conquer the football world.

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by Dan :: Thu, 08/27/2009 - 10:09pm

I'd put my ROBORG up against your ROBODT any day. And with my ROBOLT neutralizing the ROBO-END, I could send my ROBOTE out to destroy your ROBOSS.