I keep hearing about all of the sacks that Ben Roethlisberger causes by holding onto the ball too long. Every week I hear things like "They sacked him 4 times, but three of those were on Ben".
So I tried to look up the stat for "QB caused sacks" but could not find it. Surely Ben cannot be the only QB in the league who earns this stat. No other QB in the NFL ever holds onto the ball longer than he could have, and then gets sacked?
Then I figured that I would find it grouped with the stat "QB plays made after he should have been sacked"...but I couldn't find that one either. Surely they must go hand in hand, because if a QB is just holding onto the ball for too long without any potential upside then there is no point in keeping him - he will never win a thing in this league.
I then realized that it probably is not a stat that is recorded, because every time I hear fans complain about the sacks that Ben takes for no good reason, I never hear them mention any plays he makes after he should have been sacked. Hmmm.
Then I finally realized that the whole stat is probably non-existent because only one QB in the NFL is ever responsible for his own sacks. So that brought me to one final stat question.
Do NFL defenders get credit for a sack when they take down Roethlisberger? After all, he is the one who causes them.