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Raider1015's Pass Rushing Efficiency by Player

Just for fun, I decided to look up the pass rushing efficiency of the various free agent pass rushers on the market for comparison. But then I ran into a problem: this information is not public. Pay-sites are still keeping this data (mostly) to their paying customers.

I tried to re-create a basic formula in order to share the results: Sacks + hits + hurries / passing downs played

Then, another problem: no one tracks hits; no one tracks passing downs played. *Groan*

But I've devoted way too much time to this to stop now. So here's a list. Lots of disclaimers to follow...

1. "Hurries" are extraordinarily subjective. The only site I could find that offered the count for a wide number of players only counted the 200 most productive players. I figure that by sticking to this one site, at least every player is subject to the same reviewer's bias. However, the website I pulled data from had a very high standard for hurries...basically, dragging someone to the ground as they're throwing the ball. A hurry could just as easily be flushing someone from the pocket, or forcing the quarterback to slide in the pocket.

(How extreme is the difference? Rotoworld had DE Antonio Smith as 5th in the NFL in QB hurries at 36.5. Sportingcharts didn't even list him in their top 200, meaning he had fewer than 3!! So yeah, like I said, just for fun. Don't go getting into arguments based on Raider1015's Pass Rushing Efficiency like it's some critical stat.)

2. Because some teams play multiple fronts, it isn't possible to control for "player role." I know it's unfair to compare Aldon Smith and Nick Roach with one number. But that's the closest we can get for free.

3. I know that not all players are used the same, or asked to do the same thing. BJ Raji is not a pass rusher, and Star L. is. Oh well.

4. Stats are pulled primarily from...

ESPN.com

http://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/stats/player-defensive-snap-count-stats/2013/

http://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/stats/defensive-hurries/2013/

Name 13 Team POS Games Hurries Sacks Total Pressures Snaps Efficiency
Justin Tuck NYG DE 16 15 11 26 872 29.82
Greg Hardy Car DE 16 9 15 24 873 27.49
Lamarr Houston Oak DE 16 9 6 15 1020 14.71
Red Bryant Sea DE 15 5 1.5 6.5 481 13.51
Desmond Bryant Cle DE 12 3 3.5 6.5 582 11.17
Michael Johnson Cin DE 15 6 3.5 9.5 907 10.47
Star Lotulelei Car DT 16 3 3 6 604 9.93
Vance Walker Oak DT 15 3 3 6 766 7.83
B.J. Raji GB DT 16 4 0 4 605 6.61
*Pat Sims Oak DT 16 2 2 4 677 5.91
Aldon Smith SF LB 11 8 8.5 16.5 574 28.75
Brian Orakpo Was LB 15 10 10 20 814 24.57
Sio Moore Oak LB 15 7 4.5 11.5 577 19.93
LaMarr Woodley Pit LB 11 6 5 11 574 19.16
Matt Shaughnessy Ari LB 16 6 3 9 717 12.55
Nick Roach Oak LB 16 6 5.5 11.5 1074 10.71
Kevin Burnett Oak LB 16 5 2.5 7.5 977 7.68
Name Team POS Games Hurries Sacks Total Pressures Snaps Efficiency

For those who are interested, formula is just sacks + hurries divided by snaps played, multiplied by 1,000 to give it a round number. Higher numbers mean the player bothers the QB more frequently. For a percentage, just slide the decimal one spot to the left.

*Pat Sims had fewer than 3 pressures. So I gave him the benefit of the doubt and listed him at 2.

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