Augustiniak Posted October 26, 2022 Share Posted October 26, 2022 3 minutes ago, T0mShane said: Not to be snarky, but I think the conclusion is 180 degrees backwards. They blitz Zach Wilson because he has a 12.7 passer rating when pressured (good for 37th in the NFL) and—astonishingly—has only crossed the line of scrimmage (scrambles) on those pressures three times. Teams blitz Zach Wilson because it’s easy money with no downside. RE: Flacco, you don’t blitz him because he’s a statue and you can pressure him with your base DL. Flacco faced pressure on 22% of his dropbacks while playing with Connor McDermott at tackle, but put up a QB rating of 64.3 on pressured dropbacks. He was not good, but he at least demonstrated an ability to make teams pay for the blitz that Zach has not shown. As an aside, Ben Solak has an interesting article up right now about the Colts move to Sam Ehlinger, and uses that to frame a larger discussion about the need for mobile QBs, particularly this season. Summation: defenses are absolutely going to pressure your quarterback and they’re not going to let you throw it deep, so it’s a contest to see which team can complete the most 8 yard passes while, at the same time, not having a negative play (which dramatically reduces percentage of successful drives). The Jets have been able to avoid negative plays, and they get a lot of those 5- to 8-yard plays from their backs, which has substituted for conventionally good QB play. If they stop getting those 8-yard gains now that Breece is gone and as teams catch up with LaFleur successfully running the Wing-T, it’s all going to land in Zach’s lap to replace them. Good test of if he can this weekend. Which is why they must start using the TEs in the passing game. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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