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Better Pass-Rusher and Pass-Blocker Stats

More great new metrics coming out of the NFL's Next Gen Stats tracking software. These come from ESPN, which now has a deal with the league to use the Next Gen Stats. They've got metrics measuring how often a pass-rusher gets past the blocker in less than 2.5 seconds, and how often a pass-blocker can hold up his block for more than 2.5 seconds. This gives us a more objective measure of pass pressure than what outside groups (including us) have tried to do with charting pressure rates. I think pressure rates are still a useful stat, but the new PBWR and PRWR metrics (it's a mouthful) are useful for measuring individual players and separating the line's responsibility from that of the quarterback. Good new stuff. Hopefully we can take advantage of it thanks to the work we do with ESPN.

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4 comments, Last at 07 Oct 2018, 11:38am

1 Re: Better Pass-Rusher and Pass-Blocker Stats

by lightsout85 // Oct 05, 2018 - 10:42pm

I like a measure like this, but I would be more excited if they wouldn't just "appear on various ESPN shows and in our article". Whether it's this or the other measures NFL Next Gen tracks but doesn't put on the Next Gen page, if you can't compare players at will (ie: more than top & bottom 5/10's) & examine them in ways you find meaningful, there's a limit to the value there, IMO. (I understand why, shows want viewers & writers want clicks so they have to be the ones in control of a desirable commodity, but for viewers/readers who prefer to dive deeper than the material aimed at average fans, it can suck).

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2 Re: Better Pass-Rusher and Pass-Blocker Stats

by TGT // Oct 06, 2018 - 6:54pm

Google news used a thumbnail of Aaron Hernandez for this post. Did he create this stat? Is he writing for ESPN from prison? Do they think this stat is equivalent to multiple homicide?

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3 Re: Better Pass-Rusher and Pass-Blocker Stats

by Vincent Verhei // Oct 07, 2018 - 4:43am

He took his own life over a year ago, so it's not (A) or (B) for sure.

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4 Re: Better Pass-Rusher and Pass-Blocker Stats

by Chuckc // Oct 07, 2018 - 11:38am

I've also seen a stat of "Average distance from QB" but it's always in reference to just a single player without context to tell me if it's good or bad.

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