09 Jun 2014
Lots of FO analysis weaved into these ratings. After years working here in various capacities, I still discover new things hidden right under my nose, in plain sight. The defensive DVOA ratings against running backs and tight ends makes a fascinating indicator of the "shape" of a front seven's performance: maybe they are forcing tight ends and backs to block all the time, or covering them well, or abandoning too much in the name of pass rush (the Browns), leaving the screen and hot read game wide open. It's something to focus on when trying to figure out why some well-regarded, successful defense has a low sack total, or when a defense with a big-name pass-rush reputation doesn't get things done in other elements of the game.
7 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2014, 9:42pm by panthersnbraves
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?