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Schobel grades high

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2010 – 6:31 pm

Football Outsiders main purpose is to go beyond the flat numbers and assess game situations and other factors like time and score. A recent post by one of their contributors had some interesting findings concerning defensive end play and its effectiveness where Aaron Schobel graded out very, very well.

The Football Outsiders, in an effort to gauge the quality and timeliness of defensive end play use two main means of criteria.

Success Rate: The percentage of plays targeting a defensive player on which the offense did not have a successful play. This means not only incomplete passes and interceptions, but also short completions that do not meet the baseline for success.

Defeats: The total number of plays by a defensive player that prevent the offense from gaining first down yardage on third or fourth down, stop the offense behind the line of scrimmage, or result in a turnover. “Plays” refers to tackles, passes defensed, fumbles forced, or interceptions.

An example would be Schobel’s take down of Matt Cassel for loss on his fourth down bootleg in Buffalo’s Week 13 win over the Chiefs.

In  any event here is where Aaron Schobel ranks in both categories.

Most Successes, Overall Defense
Justin Tuck, New York Giants, 55
Trent Cole, Philadelphia Eagles, 51
Aaron Schobel, Buffalo Bills, 50
Marques Douglas, New York Jets, 50
Andre Carter, Washington Redskins, 50

Most Defeats, Overall Defense
Aaron Schobel, Buffalo Bills, 30
Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings, 27
Andre Carter, Washington Redskins, 26
Ray Edwards, Minnesota Vikings, 25
Trent Cole, Philadelphia Eagles, 23

Schobel, Trent Cole (Phil) and Andre Carter (Wash) are the only players that rank in the top 5 in both categories. Yet another reason why this guy can’t retire.


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