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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Stats put Jets' kitchen-sink D in perspective
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
We all know the
New York Jets
love to blitz.
But until you see a breakdown of the numbers, it's hard to quantify how much the Jets get after it compared to other defenses.
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The Jets are blitzing more than any other team in the league.
ESPN Stats & Information tracks every snap and has determined the Jets have sent added pressure a whopping 62.6 percent of the time through the first three weeks.
They've recorded only four sacks, but anybody who has watched the Jets' defense can't deny how their disruptive ways have rattled quarterbacks and short-circuited opposing offenses.
That's far and away the largest percentage in the league. The
are next when it comes to sending added pressure at 47.5 percent.
The NFL average is 35.6 percent.
are the most conservative team at 11.0 percent.
Stats & Information defines "standard pressure" as four pass-rushers. But if, for example, only three advance and a fourth comes from the secondary, then that would be considered "added pressure."
This might not jibe with how individual teams define extra pressure, but as long as it's being applied uniformly, you get a good idea how active each defense is.
The rest of the AFC East is closer to the average.
New England Patriots
rank 12th in added pressure at 34.6 percent. The
are 14th at 36.9 percent, while the
are 19th at 40.6 percent.