After examining in some detail how the Titans sacked opposing quarterbacks, it is now time for me to attempt to draw some conclusion-type things about precisely how the Titans got to the quarterback in 2012, how that changed from 2011, and what that might mean for 2013.
1. The Titans were much better at sacking the quarterback in 2012. This is clear and pretty inarguable. The Titans had 28 sacks in 2011. They had 39 in 2012. Teams had fewer passing attempts against them, so, no, that kind of jump was not just a product of more opportunity. Football Outsiders' Adjusted Sack Rate backs this up, as the Titans went from a 31st-ranking 5.0% to 6.5%, league average. Yes, taking down Chad Henne 14 times in two games helped a lot. I noted in yesterday's post, though, that it's not particularly unusual for teams to have a lot of their sacks in a small number of games.
2. The Titans got a lot more sacks because they beat offensive linemen more frequently. Maybe the biggest revelation from last year's breakdown was just how many sacks the Titans got because of scheme and play design. FO colleague J.J. Cooper marked 11 of those 28 sacks as not having an offensive lineman at fault. In 2012 he marked 13 sacks without o-lineman fault. That's a jump from 17 sacks by beating a lineman to 26, a 53% increase. That's very good.
3. Timing matters, and the Titans had a goodly number of quick sacks. On 23 of the 39 sacks, the initial hit was within 2.5 seconds of the snap. That is 10 more than last year.no comments