I can only get away with a question like this in the offseason but does anyone know of a source that has this statistic?
Its a bit ridiculous but important as hell. In football stats can be misleading but this metric usually holds up.
I have actually stop watched Ben at different times of the year and shockingly the time before the pocket collapses was approx 3-4 seconds! I know that his style is different and he is so damn big and strong that he feels he could buy extra time with moving around the pocket which he has proven. Having said that he was having time to look downfield to wait for the receiver to get open (or be covered) more regulalry this year.
Dont get me wrong there were the usual mis assignments and wiffs by Max but I beleive we improved a little this year. The other nice thing is that Ben was really getting comfortable to dump off underneath to Rashard & Moore as opposed to just throwing it away or making a high risk/reward type throw in coverage.
My point is I believe there was more time this year but its difficult to quantify without true numbers backing it up. Would it make sense to have an alarm go off in practice to sugnal to Ben everytime we clock 3 seconds? I dont know, Ben is a playmaker (love his style) and al long as he could get back up after these hits then let him be.
I am still lost as to why our passing defense made for a liability. I do not know all the intricacies but is the conclusion that Troy is the X factor in our system that when he is out both corners and safeties are exposed?
Maybe with the loss of Aaron Smith, Foote played a role also. This was the 1st year in a while where I could remember teams running laterally on us and being productive. I have seen the James gang getting beat to the corner (Cleveland) which really looke like they were injured.
Maybe its a combination of things but I really do no think our Dline were giving the QB this year anymore time then last year but I haven nothing to defend my case to argue my point.
I know with sacks and completions the 1st thing you say is "Damn Ben had no time" or "Damn the QB is having too much time to throw". It would have been interesting to see if this was not as obvious as we thought.
Agree or disagree?