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June 15, 2011

Sabermetrics progressing in the NFL

Filed under: National Football League — Giorgio Varlaro @ 4:58 am

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With the NFL still trying to negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, fans of the game still need their fix of football. I came across an article on www.profootballfocus.com which determined the best pass protecting offensive linemen based on the formula [Sacks + (.075 x Hits) + (0.75 x Hurries) / Pass Pro Snaps] x 100. Called the ‘Pass Blocking Inefficiency formula’, it adds a players total amount of sacks to three quarters of hits and hurries which is then divided by the amount of snaps taken during a pass play and then multiplied by 100.

It’s a simple formula compared to some of the stats tallied within baseball, however this stat is interesting due to the fact that rating the success of an offensive linemen is difficult to do. With so many different variables to consider during a professional football game, it’s astonishing to find a tangible way to compare these athletes, especially when it relates to their ability to protect the quarterback.

The specific article read pertained to offensive tackles, which established Jake Long (Miami), Andrew Whitworth (Cincinnati), D’Brickashaw Ferguson (New York Jets), Joe Thomas (Cleveland), and Doug Free (Dallas) as the top pass protecting left tackles last season. As for right tackles, Sean Locklear (Seattle), Kareem Mackenzie (New York Giants), Eric Winston (Houston) , Marshal Yanda (Baltimore), and Damien Woody (New York Jets) where considered the best at their respective position.

The Web site has recently amassed a list of the best and worst pass protecting guards and centers last season, which finds pro bowlers Shaun O’Hara (New York Giants) and Maurkice Pouncey (Pittsburgh) rated within the bottom 10, thus claiming flaws within these respected offensive linemen.

The incorporation of the ‘Pass Blocking Inefficiency  formula’ provides interesting statistics previously not available. Economics in football is still a new phenomena, but since Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball it’s hard not to take notice of the statistical side of professional sports.

Web site: http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/06/13/2010-pass-blocking-efficiency-tackles/

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