Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 343 - Top 10 Edge Rushers Green Bay Will Face in 2019

Nick Schmitz, Owen Riese, and Jacob Westendorf continue our top 10 series today as they discuss the top 10 edge rushers that Green Bay will face in 2019.

Nick Schmitz, Owen Riese, and Jacob Westendorf continue our top 10 series today as they discuss the top 10 edge rushers that Green Bay will face in 2019. Plus a quick Qdoba vs. Chipotle debate that needs settling. Enjoy!

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Andy is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and owns & operates the Pack-A-Day Podcast. Andy has taken multiple courses in NFL scouting and appears weekly on 107.5 The Fan in Green Bay to breakdown film. This past season he was an analyst on Green Bay Nation on WFRV TV in Green Bay. Andy grew up in Green Bay and is a lifelong season ticket holder; follow him on Twitter at @sconniesports.

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July 06, 2019 at 11:36 am

This is a bit off-topic, but I finally found some stats on GB's pass-rushing prowess in 2018, and I was surprised by some of the results.

On the one hand, despite GB's gross total of 44 sacks, which ranked 10th in the NFL, GB ranked 30th in QB hits with just 74 and was almost as poor on a QB hit/pass attempt basis.

OTOH, GB had the 9th best pressure rate in the NFL, getting pressure on 35.96% of passing attempts, per Chris Trapasso of the Buffalo News, and finished 10th in gross total with 215 pressures.

For those interested, LAR finished 1st with a 40% rate, followed by Philly, JAX, and Balt. Chicago finished 5th at 37.34%, MN 8th at 36.41, and Detroit was 31st at 29.04% with just 158 pressures. Oakland sans Khalil Mack finished 32nd with just 120 pressures and a 23% rate. The league average was 33.7% and the median was about 33.5%.

I have never heard of Trapasso, but it sounds like he is using PFF data, though he does not credit PFF as clearly as I would have if that were the case.

Sooooo, I have to admit to Old School that arguably GB as a team was among the better teams in the NFL at pass rushing. Sacks and QB hits are pretty objective stats, whereas pressure has more of an element of subjectivity. GB is good at one objective stat, bad at another objective stat, and is good at the subjective stat of pressures.

Here is a partial link:

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

July 06, 2019 at 12:04 pm

As a note, KC was first in sacks (52) and Chicago and MN tied for 3rd with 50 sacks for each team. Detroit was 11th with 43 sacks (but had a poor pressure rate, ranking 31st. Jax finished tied for 22nd (through 25th) with 37 sacks but finished 3rd in pressure rate. NE finished 11th in pressure rate but was 30th in sacks with just 30 sacks.

Finishing high in pressure rate but low in sacks or QB hits (or the various combinations) leads to various inferences. Some would be that the sacks were due to the scheme, or there was good edge pressure but no interior penetration, allowing the QB to simply step up, or good interior pressure but no edge pressure, allowing the QB to simply roll out.

Sites do define "pressures" differently.

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