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Matt Weston pulls together the subjective to create the objective to analyze the sacks Houston allowed in 2018."Assertions are made on aspects we really don’t know the truth to. Some examples burn stronger and brighter than others. Feelings get in the way of what actually happened. Narratives are fabricated from the shredded remains of previous devious opinions. After last season [url=http://www.thetexansclub.com/xavier-crawford-jersey/]Xavier Crawford Jersey Mens[/url] , I felt like a high number of the sacks Deshaun Watson took last season weren’t actually because of the offensive line. The last ranking in both pressure rate at 38.7% and adjusted sack rate at 11.5% wasn’t just because of blown blocks, but because of no one being open, big blitzes, offensive line rearranging and poor utilization of talent, and secondary blockers. Sure, the offensive line wasn’t great Bob, but it wasn’t the worst in football. So I went back to see if what I thought and said was true was actually true. I charted each time Watson was sacked in 2018, all 65 of them, and looked at why Watson was sacked, which position and player was at fault, the number of players protecting and rushing, if play action or a blitz was used, and the impact the play had on the drive itself. It’s all very scientific and heavily scrutinized by a peer reviewed panel out in Geneva. Like sack# 65 where no one blew a block, but there was overall pressure due to the blitz, and Watson failed to scramble. No one was open. The Texans had six blockers for six rushers.via GfycatOr sack# 44 where Senio Kelemete missed his assignment and decided not to block down. Watson was sacked in 1.3 seconds.via GfycatOr sack# 38 where Myles Garrett longarmed Juli’en Davenport into another universe and snagged down Watson with one arm. A blown block credited to Davenport.via GfycatOr sack#18 where everyone was covered and Watson opted to scramble for the touchdown on 4th and 1. A coverage sack, where the protection did its job.via GfycatAll 65 of these plays are now located in a spreadsheet that deciphers the data of an entire population. Let’s start with the big one, why Watson was sacked. This was the monumental reason for doing this, and the results surprised me. 32 of the 65 sacks Wastson took could be attributed to blocking negligence alone—simple blown blocks. Bull rushes, rips, swims, and edge rushes combined to turn the pocket into a warzone of negative plays. In addition to these 32, 10 more could be attributed to the blocking. 5 sacks were because of missed assignments, Kelemete earlier, a player pulling and blocking the wrong defender, etc., and 5 were because of overall pressure. These were plays where blitzes or multiple defenders collapsed the pocket to make things inescapable. Additionally [url=http://www.thetexansclub.com/xavier-crawford-jersey/]Youth Xavier Crawford Jersey[/url] , there weren’t many empty sacks here. Houston deserved almost all the sacks Watson took. Only 3 were the result of empty and broken plays. The rest were coverage sacks, plays where Watson couldn’t find anywhere to go with the ball. Watson either suffocated in the pocket or was tackled before he could capture positive yards after scrambling for more. Fault was determined by both player and position group. Watson was attributed the most blame out of any player. 23 sacks were credited to him. This isn’t entirely fair. Coverage sacks, and free rushers were blamed on him because there was no one else to blame. His number is best read as plays where there wasn’t a blocker who made a mistake. Aside from blown blocks and the offensive line performance, the biggest reason for the number of sacks was that no one was open. On 49 of the sacks there wasn’t an open receiver for Watson to hit. Everything was covered. No one was schemed open. On 13 of the plays he had an option that he never saw, and on 3 plays the rush was too overwhelming and too fast for anything to open up. Pass protection is more than an offensive line. It’s an ecosystem working together to keep the quarterback clean. Davenport gave up the most sacks on the team with 11. This looks disastrous at first glance, and it is, it just was at the beginning of the season. Davenport played right tackle until week six against the Dallas Cowboys when he moved back to left tackle, a game Houston allowed only one sack. Davenport allowed five sacks as a right tackle in three weeks before being benched for Kendall Lamm. When he moved to left tackle he allowed only six sacks in twelve games. Of course he would have given up sacks if he played left tackle to start the season, but the right tackle experiment was the enormous reason for his horrendous play. Numbers tell you what happened. There’s context though. Martinas Rankin allowed eight sacks on 430 offensive snaps. Five of his eight came at left tackle, a position that didn’t seem right for him to play in the pros after college, and in a rookie season where he didn’t even have a training camp because of a foot injury. He allowed three sacks as a guard. The numbers are interesting, and have their merit, but it’s important to keep one eye on all the offensive line mismanagement that occurred last season. Kendall Lamm was better than anyone thought he would be. He’s one of the worst run blockers in football, but he became a slightly incompetent pass blocker, an extraterrestrial improvement from someone who was a year removed from being the worst pass blocker most of us have ever seen. As the primary starting right tackle he gave up only 6 sacks in 859 offensive snaps, and allowed just as many as Zach Fulton, and one less than Senio Kelemete. The interior allowed 19 sacks on their own. Greg Mancz, Fulton, Zach Martin, and Kelemete kept things leaky. They had troubles with bullrushes and let the pocket crumble too often. And there were too many troubles with picking up both the looper and the crasher on stunts. All seven of the stunt sacks Houston allowed were because of missed blocks on the interior. Things like this tend to happen when there is this much turnover on the offensive line. The rest is because of secondary blockers. Running backs and tight ends. Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue both allowed two sacks. Ryan Griffin and Jordan Thomas allowed a combined total of four sacks. This total of 8 was a figure I expected to be higher. Plays like this stick the folds of the brain more than the others. Let’s roll sack# 33.via GfycatHere’s the number of blockers and the number of rushers. On most of the sacks Houston allowed only their offensive line was protecting. 34 to be exact. The average number of blockers they had protecting was 5.73. On 16 sacks they kept in enough blockers to ensure they would have a number advantage. Watson had trouble against the blitz last season. Both the Colts and Browns had success using heavy blitzes to bring Watson down. Yet, only 18 of the 65 sacks saw more than 4 rushers and the defense blitzing. 47 of the sacks came from a basic 3 or 4 man rush. Teams had success jumping on Houston’s play action passes with stunts and blitzes. When offensive linemen pulled in pass protection a defender would loop back to fill its place and create confusion. That being said, the Texans allowed a sack only 15 times when they ran play action, and 50 of their sacks came without a play fake. Play action is good. Use it. The extra time required to block these passes don’t have the impact you’d assume it would. The chaos created outweighs the delay. Another interesting number taken from this data is the difference between the number of blockers Houston had, and the number of defenders rushing. Houston allowed only 2 sacks where they had less blockers than pass rushers. But they allowed 26 sacks where they had 2 or more blockers than rushers. This was one of the problems the offense faced. They had to chip and use secondary blockers to help out their offensive line, which limited the number of pass catchers available, but these packages also allowed more sacks than expected. 7 sacks were allowed when they had 3 more blockers than rushers. Lastly [url=http://www.thetexansclub.com/xavier-crawford-jersey/]White Xavier Crawford Jersey[/url] , let’s take a look at the effect these sacks had on the offense itself. The effect is the end result on the same set of downs. For example, if the drive ended with a punt, but Houston converted a first down following the sack, it’s listed as a first down. The number of plays represents what occurred following a sack on the same set of downs. As long as the quarterback is healthy, and can deal with the pass pressure, the effect the negative play has on the drive itself is the only thing that matters. The sacks killed too many drives for Houston last season. 30 of the sacks turned into a punt, 11 killed promising drives and limited the number of points scored, turnovers occurred on 5 of these sacks or set of downs, and 4 of the drives ended after Houston failed to convert on fourth down. 51 drives careened by sacks is an enormous figure. On 14 of the drives Watson was able to produce some magic and dig Houston out. The offensive line was the biggest reason why Watson was sacked 65 times, Houston needs additional wide receiver help and health, Bill O’Brien and new offensive coordinator Tim Kelly need to scheme better hot options for Watson, and the sacks taken destroyed too many of Houston’s drives. Houston needs to add offensive line talent, and they need to do a better job managing and coaching the talent they already have. Watson’s development should help with the coverage sacks and failed scrambles, but the route designs need improvement too. Most importantly, this can’t happen again. The Texans’ offense was severely limited by the number of sacks allowed, and were extrenely fortunate Watson played all 16 games despite the pummeling he took. Limiting the number of sacks and quarterback hits taken, and the lowering the pressure rate should be the Texans’ primary offensive goal this offseason. If Things Stay The Same, Expect More Pain"The Houston football club has produced several seasons in a row with very similar results. A team that takes the field multiple times a year looking confused and unprepared, poor in-game coaching decisions, multiple key injuries, porous offensive line play and a secondary that gives up big plays like it’s cool. Whatever Bill O’Brien, Romeo Crennel and the rest of the coaching staff did to prepare the team for week one, two, three and seventeen clearly didn’t work. Showing up in New England to play Bill Belichick and Tom Brady that way is akin to forfeiting the game. Doing it in the Wild Card Round in your own house is begging to get fired. Deciding to run the ball up the gut on first and second downs more than any team in the league with a running back corps that features one guy who can get it done in Lamar Miller, one guy who could get it done if the offensive line was top ten and a mixture of guys who’ve never gotten it done is just poor foresight on the game planner/play caller... i.e. Bill O’Brien. The injury bug has decimated the Texans two straight seasons. While they made a move last off-season to address it by revamping their workout programs, it had mixed results. In the 2018 season [url=http://www.thetexansclub.com/benardrick-mckinney-jersey/]Benardrick McKinney Jersey[/url] , Houston did see some rather miraculous improvements in injury recovery from Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt, but losing Will Fuller V and having spotty contributions from KeKe Coutee, D’Onta Foreman and others gave mixed results when scoring one-and-done strength and condition coach Luke Richesson. When you look at the teams who made it to the divisional round, and those still alive to play in the Championship games, the solidness of their offensive lines is clear for all to see. The L.A. Rams quarterback Jared Goff was sacked 33 times all year versus Deshaun Watson’s 65 times. And the “Watson holds onto the ball too long” argument doesn’t hold water as Goff isn’t Kurt Warner’s quick release second coming by any stretch of the imagination. The Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes was sacked less than half the times Watson was (30) while Todd Gurley managed to rack up 1251 rushing yards to Lamar Miller’s 973. And Miller’s longest run was the epic 97 yarder while Gurley’s longest of the year was only 37. Talking about the issues with the cornerbacks has been an annual thing since Rick Smith let A.J. Bouye out of the building a few years ago. With father time catching Jonathan Joseph faster than Joseph can close on an opposing wide receiver, Kevin Johnson’s inability to show he was worth more than a 4th round pick and Aaron Colvin’s inability to stay on the field, Houston’s cornerback room is almost as bad as the offensive line group. Factor in the blind officiating that allows J.J. Watt to wear opposing offensive lineman as necklaces, Jadeveon Clowney to get tackled multiple times a game and its amazing Houston won as many games as they did in 2018. When it comes down to it, however, every team deals with injuries, bad calls and blind luck that goes against them - well, maybe not the Patriots, but that’s a subject for another time. As Brian Gaine enters his first full offseason, with a solid chance to upgrade and retool the Houston Texans roster, there is definitely hope for the player component of this team. With just a handful of key new players, the Texans roster could rocket into the stratosphere of NFL talent. But that doesn’t address the lack of game prep, poor offensive scheming and atrociously predictable play calling. Last week, we ran a poll to see who you felt was to blame for Houston’s insulting exit from the playoffs. It’s not a surprise that 55% of the Battle Red faithful felt Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien (and to some extent Romeo Crennel) was to blame and should find himself in the unemployment line. With guys like Mike McCarthy still out there, Cal McNair has options if he’s going to make a change. Chances are, that won’t happen as McNair is most likely waiting to see what O’Brien and Gaine can do with a full year together. But, that still leaves the option of hiring an offensive coordinator - which McNair should insist on after years of O’Brien proving he can’t get the job done. So, here’s today’s question: Who would you bring in as an offensive coordinator, if you were Cal McNair? Or, would you just clean house right now and try to get ahead of the closing window that is the Texans veteran core of top flight players? Give us your thoughts in the comments box.
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