Over at coachingsearch.com, they’ve taken the time to look at which offenses over the past three seasons have generated the best ratio of passes attempted per sack allowed. Now, while I think the question in my header, which is posed in the post, is a bit over broad in assessing the cause/reason, it’s still interesting to look at sack rates, particularly in Georgia’s case.
Will Friend didn’t make the list of top fifteen. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers from 2012-4:
- 2014: 17 sacks allowed; 322 passing attempts; 18.9 pps
- 2013: 22 sacks allowed; 459 passing attempts; 20.9 pps
- 2012: 27 sacks allowed; 399 passing attempts; 14.8 pps
A couple of things there worth noting. One, while so many of us have harped on Aaron Murray’s turnovers over his career, we seemed to have missed out on the insane level of improvement in sack avoidance he made in his last season. (And, remember, that was with right tackle play that was inconsistent, to say the least.) Two, while Mason was very good in the turnover department, there was a drop off in the pass per sack rate last season. And that was with a much bigger reliance on the running game and a far more stable offensive line that what Georgia had in Murray’s last season.
The overall three-year numbers? 66 sacks allowed in 1180 passing attempts, leading to a 17.9 pps ratio. Again, not that close to the numbers on the chart posted at the link. It’ll be interesting to see where that goes this season, with a new QB, offensive coordinator and line coach.