Breaking: Big Ben Gets Blitzed a Lot

Over at FanHouse, I’ve posted a little study looking at how effective blitzing is. There are some interesting stats in the piece, but one that probably stands out for Steelers fans is how often Ben Roethlisberger is blitzed.

By Stats Inc’s calculations, Roethlisberger has been blitzed on 40 percent of his pass plays, which rates among the highest in the league. I guess that’s not surprising considering the state of the Steelers’ offensive line, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous

    The first thing I though reading the headline pertained to beer.

  • John S.

    Effectiveness against the blitz might not be as clear cut from those stats.

    Manning’s rating appears to go down 7.5 points against the blitz. But he’s also the second least blitzed qb in the league. If blitzing is as effective as the first number indicates, he should be blitzed much more.

    Unless the conventional wisdom is right that Manning would be too quick if a team tried to blitz him repeatedly. Instead, he gets blitzed rarely leaving those situations where blitzes are dialed up more likely to surprise and therefore more effective.

    I’m sure there’s some sort of formula to account for those across QBs, but I can’t figure it out.

  • bengt

    The ‘Bad Oline – much blitzing’ logic seems unconvincing. A bad O line is one that can be beaten by a four man rush, so it is unnecessary for the D to take the extra risk. A good O line OTOH will be able to handle the easy stuff, so it would be necessary to blitz a lot in order to get a rusher through unblocked.