Blitzing has not been our friend this year. Should we continue to try it?
You're probably trying to piece together "Caleb Rutherford" and the word "Stats" at this point, but after a long drive home from school for the weekend, I'm flat-out exhausted and writing material is not coming quickly to the brain.
But in my perusing of the internet, I noticed some interesting stats. No, this isn't DVOA, AYPA, ABCDEFG, or anything like that, this is simpler, yet equally as interesting, stuff.
ESPN Stats and Info says that we are the god awfullest blitzing team this year, and that we might as well quit it. Last year, we were 2nd in the league with 5.8 YPA when we blitzed. That's pretty dandy.
This year, we're allowing a league high in completion (73.8%), YPA (11.9), and Passer rating (133.0. Holy smokes) and we're allowing the second-most amount of touchdowns to this point with five so far.
The stats did not say how much better/worse we were when not blitzing, but I think it's safe to say we're at least a little better.
So, my question for you all this morning: Should we tone back the blitzes in the hope we can get a rush with our front 4? (Like most good teams) or should we keep trying to blitz and pray our secondary holds up? You've seen the numbers. The choice is yours!.......kinda.