Eagles Wake-Up Call: Pass-Rush Rankings

NFL: Preseason-Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia EaglesThe Eagles have improved in several areas defensively during the last six weeks, but the pass-rush is still in need of a serious boost.

Packers quarterbacks Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzein dropped back to pass 46 times, and the Eagles managed just one sack (Vinny Curry) and two hurries (Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan with one each) from their defensive linemen and outside linebackers.

On the season, the Eagles are 24th in total sacks with 20 and 24th in adjusted sack rate, which takes into account opportunities.


"I think the sack is overrated in the NFL right now," said defensive coordinator Billy Davis. "I think we make too much of it on both ends. I think the pressure a quarterback feels - we always talk about can we get the offense off-rhythm and the quarterback uncomfortable in the pocket? And I think we're doing that. Even though the sack numbers aren't as high as we would like... there's pressures, there's batted balls, there's errant throws sometimes, just a matter of keeping the quarterback uncomfortable.

"If the sack numbers are high, that's great.  If they're not, that's OK, as long as he's uncomfortable. It's when he's sitting back there with a real comfort, comfortable look in his eye that I get uncomfortable."

Here's the weekly look at pass-rushing efficiency. Sacks and hurries are courtesy of the Eagles' coaching staff. Pass-rushing opportunities are from Pro Football Focus. And I calculate pressure percentage (rate at which the player notches a sack or hurry).

 
Sacks
Hurries
Chances
Pressure Percentage
Vinny Curry461218.3%
Fletcher Cox3173815.2%
Connor Barwin383013.7%
Brandon Graham131093.7%
Clifton Geathers03893.4%
Bennie Logan231543.2%
Trent Cole173112.6%
Cedric Thornton163112.3%
Damion Square00380.0%

Notes:

* Vinny Curry has drawn praise from the coaching staff for his improvement against the run. He had a season-high four tackles vs. Green Bay and has seven in the past two games. Curry had five tackles total in Weeks 3 through 8. He has the highest pressure percentage on the team and has notched a sack in three of the Eagles' last four. Curry leads the team with four sacks on the season and also batted a pass at the line of scrimmage vs. Green Bay.

* Connor Barwin has gone without a sack and has just three hurries in his last four, but he's batted down a team-high eight passes, according to coaches' stats. Barwin's also been outstanding against the run.

* Trent Cole had a season-high eight tackles last week and has improved against the run. But the pass-rush hasn't been there. The Eagles' outside linebackers (Cole, Barwin and Brandon Graham) failed to notch a sack or hurry against Green Bay. Graham has no sacks and two hurries in the last seven games.

* Fletcher Cox set a season-high with seven tackles vs. the Packers. Again, the run defense was outstanding. He leads the team with 17 hurries on the season.

* Bennie Logan led all defensive linemen with eight tackles on Sunday. In two starts at nose tackle, he has 12 tackles. In eight starts at nose tackle, Isaac Sopoaga had 18 tackles.

* Thornton continues to be the Eagles' most consistent player up front. He had five more tackles against Green Bay and leads all Eagles defensive linemen with 52 tackles.

* Update: Great job in the comments posting this link on intentional grounding penalties. The Eagles have forced seven, which is tops in the league and four more than any other team. I still think the pass-rush needs to be better, but those penalties absolutely need to be taken into account.

WHAT YOU MISSED

An All-22 look at Nick Foles' deep ball, Lane Johnson's blocking on screens and James Casey's puzzling decision.

Najee Goode fined, injury updates and more from T-Mac.

Rounding up what the national media are saying about Chip Kelly, Foles and the Eagles this week.

McManus checks in on Logan and the Azzinaro effect.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz looks at how the Eagles' defense should be measured:

The Eagles only have 20 sacks and they aren’t generating nearly enough pressure. But this isn’t like last year when QBs had too much time and picked apart the secondary with ease. Opposing QBs have a rating of 83.6 vs the Eagles this year. The Eagles might allow the 2nd most passing yards, but they are 13th best in opposing QB rating. The Eagles are 13th in passing TDs allowed. They’re giving up yards, but keeping teams out of the end zone. We’ve seen 4 or 5 intentional grounding calls this year. I don’t have a way to track that total, but it seems higher than ever.

Rich Hofmann of the Daily News says Kelly needs to re-think the Eagles' strategy for challenging calls:

The point is, the Eagles need to get better at this. I never thought they would be in the middle of a playoff race, but here they are -- and this kind of thing can lose you a game if you aren’t careful. What was supposed to be a season of learning and growing and developing suddenly is more than that, and any errors from here on will have post-season ramifications.

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  • nicksaenz1

    This is not a huge concern to me until playoffs, that is, where the QBs are more seasoned and not as easily rattled. And not that it’s necessary, but our D would be getting the credit the deserve if they could just tally up a few more sacks and hurries. We’re still improving on D and there’s 6 weeks left for this aspect to come together. That said, it’s been noted several times that Foles becoming the guy and solidifying the job for next year (and hopefully beyond) is the best thing because we can address this in the first round of the draft next year with a rush OLB. I don’t think we see Cole or Graham back next year, and my gut tells me it’s Cole.

    • Will

      Cedrick Thornton video

    • Brandon

      Well said. If I hear someone say that Foles will make a good backup and we need to draft a “Chip Kelly” QB in the 1st round one more time I’m going to pull my hair out.

  • Richard Colton

    Two observations. First, imagine how much havoc Curry could wreck if they let him play closer to 50% of the snaps? Second, I have nothing but respect for Trent Cole, The Hunter, but it ain’t working.

    • bentheimmigrant

      I suspect if he can reach a point where they completely trust him against the run, he’ll get a few more snaps. Hard to see him taking much playing time from Thornton or Cox in the base, though.

      • nicksaenz1

        I say let him drop the weight he added and play the rush OLB spot. Or at least try it, if we’re only going to let him play 20% of snaps.

        • cliff henny

          he’s still a young guy, only 10 games in, think kelly/davis are just bringing him along slowly. how many times have we heard reid say over last 14 yrs ‘can never have enough d-line guys’. so far, eagles have been extremely fortunate on injury front. curry looks like he’s nearing 300, and hasnt lost much in speed. give him another offseason, they’ll have a nice rotation at d-line for 3 or 4 yrs to come with cox, logan, thornton and curry.

          • nicksaenz1

            True, and I’m not arguing against, just playing devil’s advocate a little. IF he were to get back down to 265-270, how much faster would he be? If he can play the spot, focus mostly on rushing QB and do it well while remaining serviceable in coverage, might negate need for OLB in first and focus on offensive weapons. Just hypothesizing.

          • cliff henny

            from the guys that are way more into scouting than i am, i just give it the old eye test, they say he is quick for d-line, but out in space, he just doesnt have the bend or hips to play in space.

          • nicksaenz1

            Makes sense. Maybe sub Curry in for Cole on passing downs haha.

          • cliff henny

            i thought we’d see more 4 down, with some sort of combo of cox curry at dt and cole at d-end than we have. defense is like offense, wait till kelly/howie/davis get another offseason to get correct pieces. it’s very doable. it’s not like every thing has to fall perfectly to get what’s needed. can go so many different directions and still end up where we want…ugh, and now the disclaimer, if only foles……

          • nicksaenz1

            Time will tell. Lot of games left to figure this out.

          • theycallmerob

            Again, something to consider…of all the D players on the roster, Azz and Minter are more familiar with Curry than pry anyone else from his days at Marshall.
            The fact is, almost from day 1 they’ve been grooming him for DL (with both weight and technique). hard to see, after all the work they (and Curry) have put in, to reverse that for OLB. there are certain physical skills that can’t really be “taught” (hip movement, playing low) that might limit Curry’s ability to play in space. Just my 2 cents

          • anon

            yeah he’d have to learn how to play in coverage, which would cost another year of transition.

          • cliff henny

            he looks way bigger than 279 listed. that gif sack rob posted, gaethers was standing next to him, who is all of 6’8 340and curry was obviusly smaller but not as much as i would have expected. mean, if curry is 3rd down rush dt specialist and 4th dline in rotation…i’ll take that all day from him. alot of guys in nfl would play behind cox and thornton right now.

        • BlindChow

          I think he should gain or lose wait throughout the course of the game, so we can use him in both spots as necessary.

          • nicksaenz1

            One of the unhealthiest personal life choices he could make. Takes “sacrifice the body” to a different level haha.

          • JofreyRice

            I want to see a Christian Bale Machinist/Batman transformation at halftime from Curry.

          • nicksaenz1

            Machinist? Or The Fighter? He dropped a ton for the Fighter to play cracked out Dickey Ecklund.

          • JofreyRice

            Yeah, now he’s gotten tubby for American Hustle.

          • nicksaenz1

            What’s that about?

          • JofreyRice

            hard to tell really, from the trailer. Amy Adams looking hot in the 70′s? Cocaine? Or Prizefighting or robbery or something. The thing I saw was vague. Amy Adams looks good, tho.

          • nicksaenz1

            Are we talking about American Hustle or The Fighter? Amy Adams (think it’s her) is in it, Dickey Ecklund all cracked out, prizefighting… these two may sound eerily similar.

          • cliff henny

            see matthew mcconahey in that new dallas movie? he looks nasty

          • JofreyRice

            just googled it. Yeesh!

          • cliff henny

            cant be healthy to drop weight like that. cant be alot of fun either…and he’s still getting crazy tail tossed his way. cant even imagine how these guys live. i saw tommy lee pushing stroller down street, the hottest woman you would ever want to see on his right…and not lying…10-12 of ridiculous hotness just walking 2x2x2 right behind him, like if that girl messed up, she was going to the back of the line and god knows what needs to be done to get back upfront.

          • nicksaenz1

            That Dallas Players Club looks good, too…. I want to see his and Woody Harrelson’s new show on HBO coming out, True Detective.

      • Richard Colton

        looks like we’re getting closer and closer to that point. and, good point, the two guys you named have easily been our best two defensive players this year – I wouldn’t sit those guys for any other reason than rest. I may not be as smart as Billy Davis, but if I were he, I’d be looking for some way to double Curry’s snaps. All he does is make plays.

        • theycallmerob

          I completely understand where you’re coming from. I think at this point, with Curry getting a better grasp of the scheme (and 2gapping run resposibilities), that is the toughest decision Davis faces- how to get him snaps without losing the production of Cox and Thornton.
          Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems the team is playing less of a 4down look, especially on passing downs? That was always a chance to get him more snaps.
          Another commenter called him “our Osi” earlier this week, which I think is pretty spot on. I get that some people see the 2nd rd. label and expect him to be an every-down guy making constant plays, but who saw Cox and (especially) Thornton playing this well? Not a bad problem to have.
          One last thing- I don’t see them moving him to OLB at any point, to get more snaps that way. They’ve spent the whole year already working on his 2gap technique as an end. Was putting on weight all summer. Azz and Minter know him and his abilities better than anyone, and the fact he’s been on DL since day 1 speaks (to me) of their plans for him.

          • Richard Colton

            agree. and I’m not suggesting he start. But it’s like the guy in the NBA that has a hot hand and shoots 5-for-5. Hey, why didn’t you shoot 7 times? Can we get the guy five extra snaps per week?

        • Bukester

          Zakly. I was hoping that Curry would see a lot more snaps with Lacy last week – see what he could do in a smashmouth situation. Leave him until he turns it around (assuming he needs to, to begin with). That will happen in the next 6 games. Is there a snapcount for Curry this week? I’ll check that.

          • theycallmerob

            BGN has the snap counts

          • Bukester

            Cool. Thanks. Sheil and Tim post only periodically it seems.

        • Adam

          I’ve got no qualms with rotational guys. Some guys produce better with less snaps. I don’t think it’s safe to assume his production will increase with more snaps, in fact it might even decrease. But it would be good to find out.

    • Adam

      It’s honestly hilarious that someone goes out of their way to downvote you so hard. What did you do?

      • Richard Colton

        called her/him out for having three screen-names. They appear to have multiplied.

  • Dominik

    @ Sheil

    Could you post the snap count from the Green Bay game. I remember that you wrote after the game that it hasn’t been released. I guess that changed meanwhile.

    Always interesting to see the snap distribution.

    • theycallmerob

      I can’t pull it up at work to give you a link, but BleedingGreenNation posted them the day after the game. Check back to Monday or Tuesday’s postings on their site

      • Will

        Rob do a Gif of Thornton in beast mode if you can…

        • theycallmerob

          Haha, sorry Will I can’t take credit for making that .GIF, got that from a different site. not great at making them, and don’t have the time for all that (at least today).
          Maybe google can help :)

      • Dominik

        Thanks!

  • UncleCarm

    I don’t remember the exact numbers from last season, but I’m sure I remember the hurry percentage was higher. I’m sure Sheil has his data from last year for comparison. That just tells me the numbers can be misleading, because the seat of the pants feel is that we have the quarterbacks more uncomfortable this year, and I will take this defense (overall) any day over last years.

  • cliff henny

    sort of agree with Davis that too much is made of sacks. it really depends on when, on 1st or 2nd, no way, it’s huge. now 3rd, what’s the difference between a sack, or pressure throw away, tip pass, etc, it gets them off them field. think we all agree though a beast like von miller makes everyone’s life easier on defense all 3 downs. also, credit to blogger over at Igglesblitz, if nfl were to count intential grounding as a sack, which it basically is, eagles adjusted rank in sacks would be about 15.

    • Andy124

      Is that giving every team credit for intentional groundings, or just us? I can’t imagine someone was able to tally up the intentional grounding penalties for everybody…

      • anon

        We actually have the most intentional groundings against (most coming from giants game) we also have most penalties against. But agree i don’t think their numbers included groundings for every team.

        I also think sacks are more important on third down than 1st or 2nd, we’ve had plenty of third and longs where we give up the first down. I actually think we play really well on 1st and second downs.

        • Andy124

          Yes to all that. Went and looked up the post and it does sound like he didn’t factor in the other teams’ IGs, but it also looks like we have sooo many more than anyone else, that it wouldn’t make much of a difference.

          Big props to BlindChow for finding that.

          Here’s the link

        • Engwrite

          I think intentional groundings should count as sacks. After all, they are nearly identical inasmuch as the qb most often throws the ball as he is being hit and the ball is spotted at that spot.

          If there would be an added penalty, ie., 10 yards added from the point of the infraction, then I would count the intentional grounding as even better than a sack.

      • cliff henny

        every team. and figure with eagles defense, 1st and 2nd is played to get offense into 3rd and predictable, while alot of teams qb hunt with d-line most downs. not claiming eagles dont need more sacks, but comparing style and context does matter. eagles arent going for sacks on 1st and 10, while other teams are, or at least have a guy who’s only job is to pressure qb. no doubt pass rush needs improving, but eagles could end up with great rush, but not be highly ranked. why curry isnt used till 3rd down. we have to get used to kelly, he plays the game differently than we are used too.
        .
        was a site nflpenalty.com or something like that, it’s recent blog. he went thru bunch of things like that to show defense isnt as bad. also, with speed of eagles game, yds per game isnt a stat we should use as comparison, better is yards per play. with style of defense and kelly playing game differently, conventional stats need to be looked at differently.

        • Andy124

          Points per possession is the stat I’d like to have our bloggers focus on. I agree that the yards per play and red zone % is a way better measure of our defense that the traditional counting metrics for all the reasons you and T-Law outlined, but I think points per possession trumps even those.

          • cliff henny

            yup. those accounts for speed of the game. for 50 yrs, teams basically all played at the same pace why time of possession mattered. kelly just cares about amount of plays.

          • theycallmerob

            I’d also like to see pts. off turnovers (for us and opponents, maybe a +/- ranking). Chip valued that stat specifically during an earlier press conference, and it does seem (to my eye test) that we’re doing a better job scoring after TOs and limiting the damage from ours.

    • GEAGLE

      Totally agree with Billy Dee…

      I’m a defensive dude so you know I want my damn sacks..but our pass rush is FINE considering it’s our first year of a new defense and we have a gaping HOLE at the position that’s mainly charged with generating Sacks (Cole)
      ..
      Without getting anything from that crucial position we are still getting to QBs, hitting them, forcing intentional groundings, forcing QBs to throw it away, forcing QBs to rush inaccurate throws or INTs, batting balls down(Barwin almost gets his hands on one every game, and now Curry and Logan are starting to get their hands up…..
      ..
      Our players are going to improve at getting after QBs, but as soon as we put a 12 plus sack guy who commands attention across from Connar it will open things up for everyone and we will reach that NEXT level as a defense

    • Brandon Boykin, OLB

      I respectfully disagree. It’s like a dunk vs. jumper in basketball. Although both are only two points, thus both accomplish the same goal, one injects energy into the crowd/silences the crowd, while the other is just another two points.

      I often scoff at cross sport comparisons, however this is the best way I feel I can communicate. Although both lead to a loss yardage and/or a punt, one injects life into the crowd/silences the crowd, while the other is simply getting off the field (or lengthening the distance the offense has to travel). I’m not attempting to diminish getting off the field. But remember when Chris Clemons sacked Tom Brady in the Super Bowl? How amped were you?

      • Adam

        Not only the crowd, but the effect it has on the QB can’t be forgotten either. They can be thrown way off their game if you hit them repeatedly.

      • cliff henny

        why i said i sort or disagree with him. 1st or 2nd down, no way those are drive stoppers. but, what we have to realize is the phylosophy change. the eagles arent pinning ears back to get sacks on early downs, it’s all to get the other team in 3rd down, then get after qb. so, if comparing to giants, who’s line rushes every down, regardless of down or distanse, pretty much like we are used to, they should have more sacks, but also give up alot more big plays. yeah, perfect world, ton of sacks not leading to big plays, but that is really hard to achieve…especially with less than ideal parts.

  • Will

    With RGIII, Carson Palmer and Matthew Stafford the next QB’s we face the Defense has to just keep the points, low in the teens to be a success…the run Defense has been stout…Cedrick Thornton is a beast…

    • Will

      52 tackles at this point…willing to bet a lot of those were double team blocks Cedrick had to fight thru…

  • Will

    Kudos to the Eagles Offensive line our QB’s (Vick,Foles) have 1 intentional grounding call a piece…

    • nicksaenz1

      And if I recall correctly, it was a questionable call, at best.

  • BlindChow

    Not too impressed with Square’s numbers. Maybe it’s time to give Trash Can a look.

    • nicksaenz1

      Square peg in a round hole?

    • theycallmerob

      Heard he’s been killing it on the scout team. Impossible to block on passing downs

    • JofreyRice

      Square looked to be getting really blown off the ball–though the gang tackling sort of made up for it. It’s interesting that they see him as a NT–isn’t he just a little heavier than Curry?

      • Adam

        Depending on who you ask, it’s anywhere from 285 to 295. Same height. Can’t say for sure but it seems like he plays more shade tech than Logan does. Pretty lackluster play all around. I think they gave him a good shot to prove himself in the Oakland game after Soap got traded (32 snaps) and he didn’t take advantage of it so he saw a decrease against GB (12 snaps). Could also be game planning as well, though. Will definitely be a position to upgrade in the off-season.

  • Corey Dawson

    For the purposes of impact on the game, I think drawing an intentional grounding penalty should be ruled as a sack in the statistics as long as it’s clear which player was responsible for it on the D. The ball goes where the sack would have occured and there’s a loss of down. Not a big deal for the above numbers if it’s already counterd as a hurry and factors into pressure %.

  • Will

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000275878/Week-9-Eagles-vs-Raiders-highlights

    Well since I can’t find great video of The Eagles D-Line thought this was worth watching again.

    • Will

      eagles

  • Adam

    I’m at the point (well past the point) where I’ve come to terms with the lack of pass rush. Just don’t have anybody that can get the job done on our roster right now and I don’t expect Cole to get any better in the 2nd half of the season (in fact, he usually declines). We’ll just have to count on our interior for some push and hope for more intentional grounds.

    • theycallmerob

      exactly. I think’s it’s a fools bargain to hope for continued growth in the scheme to unlock some untapped potential. Maybe with the younger guys (especially on the DL), but I doubt things will suddenly “click” for Cole and he’ll play lights out going forward.
      Wouldn’t see Graham getting more of those snaps. But at this point of the year, the remaining issues/limitations are almost exclusively personnel-related

      • anon

        Cole’s learning a new position, but maybe he’s too old to be faster to the QB — if we got a real OLB i wonder if he could move back to be a rotational edge rusher or if we’d just cut him.

        • theycallmerob

          I think Cliff’s done the numbers, it makes more sense to keep him next year (even on the bench) vs. cutting or trading (from a cap angle)

          • cliff henny

            think he’s still a valuable backup. knock on wood, but eagles have been realtively healthy this yr. gain 1.8m by cutting him, sal is 6.6m, dead 4.8m, so can his value be replaced for 1.8m? think he should be limited, draft olb and play him. eagles are showing with graham, he’s making 3m+, that they’re willing to have expensive backups. cant see cole having any trade value.
            .
            graham, some seem to think he has some trade value, i dont see it. i’d just ride his contract out another yr, he’d be 2nd backup, limited ST, even de-activate him. basically pay him, cut him, trade him, it’s costing eagles 3.5m. not sure why he wouldnt be kept around for insurance/depth, not like he’s keeping anyone off the field like a sopoaga did.

          • Andy124

            If he can’t get on the field, I’d be in favor of trading Graham for whatever draft pick we can get. Just not within the division.

          • cliff henny

            sure, but who’s giving up a valuable pick, 3 or 4 yrs of control over player for 1 yr rental, guy with debatable production (’12 was against backups and had killer game against cinci’s smith who was pretty rough) and then paying him 3.5m? when they can get a guy for less money more control and similar production in free agency. graham’s only value is to eagles fans cause we attach 1st round pick to his name. i wont complain either way, keep trade, cut, i just want him bench behind a vannoy or shazier type.

          • Andy124

            I didn’t say we’d get a good pick. I’d take just about anything and I do think we could get at least a 5th round pick for him, and probably a 4th (pulling that out of my arse, but hey, it’s fun).

            Sometimes, we do things that are good for the players. Letting him go to a 4-3 team is good for him. He adds basically nothing to our squad right now. So whatever pick we get can be used on somebody that at least has a chance to fit our schemes. I know it’s brutal to trade a 1st round guy for a late pick, but sometimes you just have to cut your losses and hopefully, do what’s best for that player at the same time.

          • cliff henny

            i dont do hypotheticals, lol…if someone offers 4th or 5th, howie is saying yes and hanging up before the ‘th’ part is finished. i dont even see why he’s worth 7th, when strong possibility eagles would cut him and he could be picked up for cents on the dollar. but, who knows…i do love fantasy gm’g!

            it doesnt clear payroll and it doesnt clear time for a player. what would be any different between benching him next yr and the way they are handling him this yr? guess he’s played some, i havent noticed.

          • Andy124

            It’s a waste of his career and it’s a waste of a roster spot. I’d rather not play with 52 players when the rest of the league gets 53.

            If he hasn’t been able to take playing time away from Cole who is fine against the run but a liability against the pass (barely competant in coverge and virtually invisible as a rusher) then he just isn’t fit to play in this defense.

            We got the equivalent of a 6th for Sopoaga who is old and never flashed more than JAG, I think it’s plausible that 1 of the 28 other teams out there would value Graham more than their 5th round pick.

          • nicksaenz1

            The point you make is exactly why we cut Cole. Why pay him 6.6 when you can pay a guy with the nearly 2 you’d save and have more favorable long term with new guy that you can control at a much lower cost? Graham, by the numbers, is more productive than Cole from a pass rush perspective. Cole is a marginal player at his position, just like Graham. Makes no sense to pay Cole almost double what we pay Graham when you can cut Cole and pay a guy with the savings to be just as productive and maybe even developed more over the long term. I know we’ve had this discussion a few times but the reasoning you’re employing to get rid of Graham is the exact reasoning to get rid of Cole.

  • GEAGLE

    Ok,about 5 months ago I made a statement that I got FLAMED for..
    ..
    I said that we were on our way to having the pieces in place to a good defense, and I said there isn’t a single defense in the NFC east that I would want to swap our entire defensive roster for and people said I was nuts(how you like Billy Davis now Puppy killing prince Joeffry?)…

    So today, now that we have a 10 game sample size I ask…would anyone want to trade our entire defensive starting line up with that of the Giants. Skins or Cowboys?

    • nicksaenz1

      Tough call, honestly. If the Cowboys were entirely healthy this is a different coversation, and the Giants D has been much better with the addition of Beason. They also employ different schemes. Not as easy as just swapping. That said, no one wants the Redskins D…. not even the Redskins.

  • Brandon

    Sheil,
    Any way we can see where the Eagles rank in the league in respect to QB pressure % via Pro Football Focus or any other site? I think this may be more informative than just sacks alone in telling us how well the pass rush has been this season.