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Measuring pass rush, protection

Examining how to translate these concepts into accurate, meaningful metrics

Updated: November 12, 2013, 11:37 AM ET
By Dean Oliver | ESPN Stats & Info

As the NFL has become more of a passing league, offensive lines are built around protecting the quarterback and defensive lines are built around chasing the quarterback. "Pass protection" and "pass rush" are phrases thrown around to represent something that we haven't measured well. But how to define a pass protection metric (and its defensive corollary, the pass rush) is something that we have to ask ourselves in analytics. To make it measurable, to understand the influence of linemen, to improve ...

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