Pointing out a fact isn't the same as assigning blame, IMO...
1.15 WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
2.46 TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
3.97c CB Philip Gaines, Rice
4.118 ILB Shayne Skov, Stanford
5.157 OT James Hurst, North Carolina
5.173c RB Jerrick McKinnon, Georgia Southern
6.192 CB Walt Aikens, Liberty
6.215c DE Deandre Coleman, California
7.230 NT Zack Kerr, Delaware
WILL STEELERS OUTPERFORM RAVENS IN RED ZONE?
July 9, 2012
Here’s something similar with the Ravens and the Steelers on offense: Their quarterbacks get sacked too much in the red zone.
As pointed out by Jamison Hensley at ESPN.com, Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger were first and second in highest percentage of red-zone pass plays that resulted in sacks in 2011. Flacco was nailed 9.1 percent of the time and Roethlisberger 8.8 percent.
(Note this statistical oddity: You certainly wouldn’t consider the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers an offensive underachiever in any way, but in the past three seasons, he has been sacked in the red zone more times, 28, than any other NFL quarterback.)
Last season, the Ravens and Steelers also had essentially the same percentage of scoring touchdowns in the red zone (50 and 51 percent, ranking 18th and 17th in the league, respectively).
Other than trying for better execution, we haven’t heard about major changes the Ravens are making to improve their percentage. The Steelers, on the other hand, not only are putting in a new offense, but they’re also changing over their offensive line — inserting two rookies and moving one veteran.
So one measure of whether the offensive switch in Pittsburgh is having a real effect: Keep an eye on how the Steelers are performing inside the opponents’ 20.