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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Pace ranks among worst pass rushers

By Rich Cimini

ProFootballFocus.com released a study Wednesday on pass-rushing effectiveness, using a formula to rank the top 10 overall rushers, the top 10 interior defensive linemen and the top five rookies.

And, yes, the bottom 10 rushers, and that list includes Jets OLB Calvin Pace. According to PFF, Pace was the fourth-worst rusher with a PRP (pass rushing productivity) of 3.87. What the heck is PRP? Good question.

Here's the explanation:

They determine “QB Disruption Points,” which values sacks over hits and pressures: QB Disruption Points = Sacks + Hits (0.75) + Pressures (0.75).

Then, to arrive at a score that measures productivity per rush, it's: Pass-Rushing Productivity = QB Disruptions Points / Number of Pass Rushes x 100.

According to the Jets' in-house stats, Pace finished with 5.5 sacks and eight QB hits. They didn't release stats on pressures. Yes, it was a disappointing season for Pace, but keep in mind that he missed the first four games because of foot surgery to repair a fracture. It's quite likely that he played the entire season at less than 100 percent.

Nevertheless, Pace hasn't posted big sack totals in his three seasons with the Jets, underscoring the need to add an edge rusher in the upcoming draft.

Wondering about the rest of the bottom 10? From the worst, the bottom 10 consists of Keyunta Dawson (Colts), Kentwan Balmer (Seahawks), Eric Foster (Colts), George Selvie (Rams), Tyler Brayton (Panthers), Robert Geathers (Bengals), Tim Crowder (Bucs), Clark Haggans (Cards), Frank Zombo (Packers).

The best? It's Tamba Hali (Chiefs).