How Joe Burrow, Tom Brady, and other NFL QBs could be affected by O-line changes
This NFL offseason has been dominated by quarterback moves (or retired and non-retired) in addition to the well-known wide receiver and pass rusher deals. But if you ask someone like Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, you won’t sleep until the whole offensive line market shakes.
Numerous teams throughout the league have added or removed key elements to their attack lines through free agents or NFL drafts. Even some of the more recognizable quarterbacks work with the new pieces in the front five.
Below is a glimpse into the status of the five quarterbacks and their O-lines that are intriguing to me for the 2022 season. The average pressure factor for qualified offensive linemen for the 2021 season was 4.7%. There are a minimum of 200 pass blocks to qualify, and 201 aggressive linemen qualify for this study. All statistics via TruMedia.
Brady faced the least amount of heat in a quarterback (minimum 100 pass attempts) in terms of the percentage of dropback pressure last season, as well as the last three seasons (128 individual quarterback seasons). We faced the least pressure in 2022 in the quarterback. 20.0 percent.
Of course, Brady’s mega-quick drop in football last year helped him average the league’s bottom 2.32 seconds in his fourth overall “slow time” in the last three seasons. That said, Brady wasn’t throwing behind the band leaning forward along Front 5.
Tristan Wilfs on the right tackle was dominant. His 1.8% pressure rate was ranked 10th among qualified offensive linemen in 2021. He finished second in the tackle behind only Lane Johnson of the Eagles.
Meanwhile, left tackle Donovan Smith reduced the pressure rate last season from 5.9% in 2020, the first season of Brady in Tampa Bay, to 3.8%. Bucs has re-signed center Ryan Jensen, who ranked 23rd among qualified linemen with a pressure rate of 2.8%.
However, uncertainty begins with vigilance after starter Ali Marpet retires and Alex Kappa goes to Cincinnati via a free agent.
Shaquille Mason, coming from New England, certainly knows Brady’s tendency after blocking Brady from 2015-19. Mason’s pressure rate has improved significantly over the past three seasons from 5.1% in 2019 to 4.8% in 2020 and 2.7% in 2021. Its 2021 rate was even better than Marpet (2.9%) and Kappa (3.9%).
The unproven Aaron Stiny is the biggest question, as it is expected to be replaced by the left guard. His fifth-year lineman used only 89 passblock snaps in his NFL career, and in 2021 achieved a pressure rate of 4.3% with 47 passblock snaps.
Still, with the changes, Brady is probably happy with the front 5 around him.
Barrow’s pressure on dropbacks last season was 33.4 percent (22nd among 42 qualified passers-by) in the middle of the pack. He was also ranked 13th in the fastest average time to throw in 2.57 seconds. But too often, Barrow’s pressure turned into a sack, and the 2020 No. 1 pick was sacked 51 times, the league’s best.
Then came the beating that Barrow took in the postseason. He was fired 19 times in the playoffs, 10 more than any other passerby, seeing the percentage of pressure on the dropback jump to 38.2% (the fifth highest rate).
Instead of allowing quarterbacks to hit more, Bengals made the following upgrades (Super Bowl LVI Starter on the left, then 2022 Starter, all regular season rates).
Jonah Williams on the left tackle was the only starter from the rest of the Super Bowl team, and Cincinnati brought in a 6.4% rate (39th highest) and eight sack (9th most tie) last season from him. Requires a lower pressure rate.
Guard Jackson Carman started five of the eight Bengals games in 2021 as a newcomer to Lightguard. Adeniji took over a healthy carman in the ninth week. Carman’s pressure rate was 4.6% including rough games in Weeks 5 and 6 (14.3% against Green Bay and 6.3% in Detroit).
Aside from the flaws, the Bengals O-line upgrade could be the league’s most important acquisition, given that Cincinnati has almost won the Super Bowl despite being hit by Barrow throughout the season. I have.
Do you think Jackson, not Barrow, was the most pressured quarterback in AFC North last season?
Jackson finished in 2021 with a dropback at a pressure rate of 37.1%. This was the 11th highest among the 42 qualified passers-by. He also absorbed 38 sack in just 12 games. And his pressure rate last season almost reflects two of his other three seasons. It will be 37.3% in 2018 and 37.2% in 2020.
As expected, Jackson felt his least pocket pressure at 31.2 percent in his 2019 MVP season. They were a time when healthy Ronnie Stanley blocked next to Orlando Brown Jr. and Marshal Yanda.
Ravens becomes more vigilant as Kevin Zeitler (1.6%) and Ben Cleveland (1.8%) finish 6th and 9th, respectively, among the aggressive linemen in 2021 pressure. must. However, Cleveland did not become a regular starter. Until the second half of the season. Tire Phillips started five games in 2021 and struggled at a rate of 5.9%.
Meanwhile, Stanley played only one match last season, and the replacement Alejandro Villanueva struggled to move from right tackle to left tackle, finishing with a pressure rate of 6.6%. Ravens signed that former Jets will fight Morgan Moses on behalf of retired Villanueva, but last season Moses’ 7.3% pressure rate was the 23rd highest of all qualified linemen. ..
Baltimore addressed the loss of Center Bloodley Boseman (pressure factor 2.8% last season) by choosing Tyler Linderbaum in one of the first round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Jackson’s deal status continues to be one of the more juicy stories for this season. I would like to know if Ravens can stabilize the front 5 after all the music chairs in the last 12 months.
The conspiracy surrounding Reims, the third-chosen draft in the 2021, replaced Jimmy Garoppolo because the first quarterback is more important than any other question the 49ers are heading for 2022. I did.
But given Lance’s inexperience, he’s also wondering how the loss of two veterans, Alex Mack at the center and Laken Tomlinson at the guard, would affect the San Francisco attack. Mack was still one of the best centers to protect quarterbacks (2.0% pressure rate) during the final season of the NFL last year. And Tom Linson was above average as a pass blocker in 2021 (4.1 percent).
Jake Brendel seems to take over Mac at the center, but Aaron Banks may like to replace Tom Linson with a left guard.
Brendel had only 136 passblock snaps in six seasons and four teams in the league. At least he never gave up on the pressure. Meanwhile, Banks, the team’s second round pick in 2021, has never taken a passblock snap in a regular season match.
Guard Daniel Blancskill has seen his pressure rate trends in the wrong direction over the last three seasons: 3.2% in 2019, 4.9% in 2020 and 5.7% in 2021. Tackle Mike McGrinchey played in eight regular season games, with his rate rising from 6.0% in 2020 to 5.0% in 2021.
Trent Williams is still a left tackle stud. He recorded a pressure rate of 3.6 to 2.9 in 2020 last season.
Overall, the 49ers were ranked 7th with a pressure rate of 28.8% last season (league average 32.8%). But the defeat of Mack and Tom Linson in front of the new full-time quarterback will be noteworthy.
The Dolphins O-line didn’t have to block Tagovailoa (average throw time 2.42 seconds) as much as Jacoby Brissette (average 2.75 seconds) was in the quarterback. Brisset was under the highest pressure in the league with a dropback of 45.3%, while Tagovailoa’s 32.6% pressure rate was close to the center of the pack in 26th place overall.
Anyway, Miami’s Front 5 needed a major overhaul.
Three of the dolphin’s major linemen abandoned the 7.0% pressure rate last season: Liam Eichenberg (9.0%, 6th worst overall), Jesse Davis (7.7%, 17th worst) ), Austin Jackson (7.0%, 28th worst).
Miami made Davis walk as a free agent, adding former Saints Pro Bowler Terron Armstead and former Cowboys Interior Lineman Connor Williams.
Armstead put together a pressure rate of 3.6%, well above average, after recording a better 2.7% rate in 2020. But the injury was a problem for him and he played only eight games last season. However, with his acquisition, Eichenberg should move to his first role as a security guard.
Williams was one of the best pass protectors in the league last season with a rate of 1.9% (12th overall), steadily improving from the previous two seasons: 5.3% in 2019 and 3.9% in 2020. ..
Penalties were a big issue for Jackson and Williams last season. Jackson’s 13 violations led to a league lead among qualified offensive linemen, and Williams was ranked third with a 12 penalty.
There is no doubt that the dolphin tried to address the front 5 issue. And once again, all eyes will appear in Tua.
For reference, let’s take a look at how the team progressed last season in terms of dropback and sack pressure percentages (all stats via TruMedia and Pro Football Focus).
(Photo of Joe Burrow being fired: Kirby Lee / USA Today)