Surprising stats on Steelers’ Roethlisberger, Dupree, pass-rush, O-line
• Pass-blocking consistency
• Pass-rush inconsistency
• Quarterback risk aversion
Generally speaking, Burke’s number-crunching yielded the following results:
• NFL offensive lines are pretty consistent.
• NFL pass-rushes tend to be wildly inconsistent.
• Quarterbacks are more risk averse than you might assume.
Well, some of them. Guess where Ben Roethlisberger falls on that spectrum.
Some of the Steelers data was surprising to me. Burke’s numbers indicate the Steelers’ pass protection wasn’t as steady as we may think. Bud Dupree is more effective than we may presume. And the Steelers’ overall pass-rush is more consistent than their boom-or-bust sack totals on a week-to-week basis.
Oh, and “Backyard Ben” is a “Better Ben” than that reputation suggests.
The whole conversation is extremely interesting. Burke takes the statistics and simplifies them so that the numbers aren’t overwhelming.
Over the next few days, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of his findings from a Pittsburgh perspective.
Some of the results you’ll like. Some you’ll hate. All of them, you will want to read.