Those mad scientists at the Football Outsiders are at it again.
Aaron Schatz has a look at how hurries are an important facet of the pass rush in an Insiders article on ESPN.com. Schatz points out that both the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs need help in the hurry area. They have quality pass rushers in Elvis Dumervil and Tamba Hali, respectively, but the two teams are getting little else hurry help.
Hali led the NFL by accounting for 32.5 percent of his team’s hurries last season. Hali had 26 quarterback hurries. The Chiefs’ second leader in hurries was linebacker Mike Vrabel with 10.
Dumervil, who led the NFL with 17 sacks last season, had 20 hurries. Denver’s second most quarterback hurries was Vonnie Holliday, who had 10. Holliday is now in Washington.
It will be interesting to see if Dumervil and Hali can get more hurry help this season. Denver reconstructed its defensive line to get more of a push. Kansas City’s big moves on defense were the hiring of defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and the drafting of safety Eric Berry with the No. 5 overall pick.
Will these moves be enough help for Dumervil and Hali? That remains to be seen, but the top pass rushers in Denver and Kansas City both clearly need help in a hurry.