Monday, December 24, 2012
Cowboys should blitz with care
By ESPN Stats & Info
What is the biggest lesson Rob Ryan and his defense may have gotten from the first time they faced Robert Griffin III?
How about this one: Pick your blitzes wisely.
The Cowboys sent five or more pass rushers after Griffin seven times in their Week 12 meeting and the results played right into Griffin's hands.
Griffin went 6-for-7 for 131 yards, five first downs and two touchdowns on those throws -- the 59-yarder to Pierre Garcon in the second quarter and the 29-yarder to Niles Paul in the fourth.
The Cowboys defense ranks seventh-best in the NFL this season with an opponents Total QBR of 32.9 when sending at least five pass rushers, but Griffin is good enough to handle the best of the best.
He has an NFL-best 97.7 Total QBR (remember this is on a scale where the best is 100) when facing five rushers or more, 9.5 points better than the quarterback who rates next-best: Tom Brady.
In fact, that Total QBR is better than any quarterback that our video review crew has tracked in the last five seasons.
Griffin's season numbers against five rushers or more -- 54-for-79 (68 percent completion rate), with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. He's been sacked six times on 97 plays but also has eight runs for positive yardage, including his 76-yard scamper against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6.