SalishHawkFan wrote:Wilson had 10 Houdini's last year (eluded a sack), which tied him for 1st in the NFL. Add about 5-6 more sacks to that total to get a real feel for how they did on pass pro. Puts them around 12-14th worst. Still an upgrade over previous years and I would hope if their line stays healthy they can improve on that number.
For that comparison to hold true, you'd have to reduce every other QB's 'escape' from a sack.
Some aren't elusive. So they throw it away. How do you measure that? Because those would/should count as protection errors too.
There simply isn't a real good way to measure this outside of hurries and sacks. Hurries however is very subjective, as good QBs will end up throwing before they want to and even manage to complete some of those throws.
The two aspects (protection and a QB's ability to negate a possible sack) really are indelibly linked together. And ultimately it is the responsibility of a QB to be able to account for a free rusher.
Matt Hasselbeck was quite good at getting the ball out to avoid a sack. I've never seen a QB with his ability to dump a ball harmlessly at the feet of a back or TE (often times when they were engaged in a block and not looking at all) to avoid both a sack and a grounding call. It was always funny to watch the refs look dumbfounded at each other as if to say, "Was that really legal?"