Raiders are dead last in sacks, pass rush percentage

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Raiders coach Jon Gruden said recently that it’s hard to find a good pass rusher. His team is proving that.

According to Chris Trapasso of the Buffalo News, using data compiled by Pro Football Focus, the Raiders are dead last in the NFL in pressure rate: The Raiders have faced 98 dropbacks this season and only pressured the opposing quarterback 19 times. That pressure rate of 19.4 percent is the worst in the league.

The conventional stats tell the same story: The Raiders have recorded only three sacks this season, the fewest in the NFL. It doesn’t make Gruden look great when the Bears lead the NFL with 14 sacks, and the Bears’ best pass rusher, Khalil Mack, is the man Gruden traded away before the start of the season.

For his part, Gruden has shrugged his shoulders and asked where he’s supposed to find a good pass rusher.

“It’s hard to find a great one. It’s hard to find a good one. It’s hard to find one,” Gruden said. “College football now, they’re not really dropping back to pass and throwing footballs anymore. They’re throwing laterals and they’re throwing bubble screens and they’re throwing read options. So you’ve got to train these guys. It takes a little time to learn how to rush the passer.”

Gruden has to hope he can find a good pass rusher some day. The one he had is gone.

83 responses to “Raiders are dead last in sacks, pass rush percentage

  1. Is anyone surprised? This is akin to my Eagles not re-signing Reggie White back in the day. Then he goes to Green Bay and helps them win a Super Bowl. I’m not saying the Bears are winning it all any time soon, but the move feels eerily similar.

  2. Well, this has gone pretty much as expected. Gruden should be gone in 2 years, which means the Raiders will keep him around for 5.

  3. “So you’ve got to train these guys. It takes a little time to learn how to rush the passer.”
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    Unless of course you luck into a great one like the Raiders just had. If you’re a lucky team like that you’re totally set unless some idiot gets put in charge and trades the guy away.

  4. Talk about beating a dead horse. Lol raiders have no one on defense. They are actually playing decently under Paul G for who they have. Oh and vs the Browns this week, I think the Black Hole and our d coaches experience vs the Browns when he was a Bengal is going to help us big time. Lock it in baby…. Raiders!!!!

  5. And if Mack was still there they would have only about 25 pressures. The Raiders have squat has far as pass rushers, all teams had to do was double team Mack because there was absolutely nobody else to pick up the slack. He has a much better supporting cast around him in Chicago so good for him. Bruce Irvin has done nothing but benefit from playing with superior players (Mack) and schemes (Seattle). He needs to go. Hurst should be good and Key needs to add some mass in the off season.

  6. “Well, this has gone pretty much as expected. Gruden should be gone in 2 years, which means the Raiders will keep him around for 5.”
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    If only. His contract is reportedly basically fully guaranteed for the full decade. And it’s back-weighted so he’ll keep getting huge raises as time goes by even if they aren’t winning. No way Davis has the cash to buy him out early so it’s going to be a long, drawn-out train wreck.

  7. msc4realeagles says:
    September 27, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Is anyone surprised? This is akin to my Eagles not re-signing Reggie White back in the day. Then he goes to Green Bay and helps them win a Super Bowl. I’m not saying the Bears are winning it all any time soon, but the move feels eerily similar.
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    I think that’s a spot on comparison. Mack is a generational player. Waaaaay better than Carr.

  8. Where are all the people saying the Raiders defense weren’t all that good with Mack anyways so it was ok to trade him rather than pay him. I don’t see how a defense improves by giving up a top 5 defensive player who has been selected as an all pro at two premium defensive positions. That kind of versatility and impact player doesn’t fall in your lap too often. That’s the type of defensive player you build your defense and team identity around not trade.

  9. Where did they rank with Mack and his 10.5 sacks last year? and zero sacks in his only playoff appearance. Love the losers who keep wanting to judge this team after only 3 games. Weren’t they 2-1 last season? How did that work out with Mack?

  10. Not that i support the decision to let Mack go…but with Mack last year, i believe we were at or near the bottom of the league with our pressure rate as well…

  11. Here we go again. Raiders/Gruden screwed up and the whole world knows it. Enough already. Just come our and say it already. Admit that you were at least hasty to do what you did.

  12. msc4realeagles says:
    September 27, 2018 at 10:51 am
    Is anyone surprised? This is akin to my Eagles not re-signing Reggie White back in the day. Then he goes to Green Bay and helps them win a Super Bowl. I’m not saying the Bears are winning it all any time soon, but the move feels eerily similar.

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    Well Mack was traded, Reggie wasn’t. Mack was offered $20 million, Reggie wasn’t, Packers had Farve, Bears have garbage. It would only feel eerily similar if you were a complete moron, which most eagles fans are. Thanks for reassuring how dumb your fan base is.

  13. Gruden has spent the last ten years as a fan, second guessing coaches doing actual work and thinking he could do better. Now he’s back in it and is realizing oops, turns out its a lot harder when you have to win games and not just tell people what they did wrong after the fact!

  14. sucks to be a raider fan right now…they showed so much promise just two short years ago. Mack is gone because of the money being paid (not earned) to Gruden and Carr. Back to the dark days.

  15. The problem is that the Raiders prioritized over the hill veterans over an in his prime, hall of caliber pass rusher. Mack’s cap hit will look much better as the cap rises and other pass rushers get paid just as much if not more than him. The strategy should had been to surround Mack with other defensive players on cheap rookie contracts to counterbalance his initial cap hit. Short sighted move to trade him, as Bears are gonna win around 6-10 games with that defense alone. Right now the Raiders are old and seem to have prioritized cap space for an overrated Amari Cooper.

  16. People are going to see Gruden’s plan in a couple of years. They aren’t trying to win this year. They got more draft picks and believes Arden Key is the pass rusher of the future. The kid is a stud. If he pans out, all will be forgotten.

  17. You can’t fairly judge this trade yet
    Is Khalil Mack great and is his pass rushing ability missed ? Yes. Long term will the Raiders be better off with the Cap room and draft picks ? We’ll have to see. Check back in a couple of years.

  18. Raiders were one of the worse sack and turnover defenses in the league last couple years also.
    So what point is the author trying to make? That Gunther’s defensive scheme isn’t any better than JDR and KNJ?
    Yes Mack lead the team in sacks with 10.5 and yes that production will be missed.
    To rehash the fact that Mack is gone is moot! He’s gone and it’s old news unless you just want to keep bashing the Raiders and have ran out of imagination and material. Maybe wait until this all washes out with how the 2 1sts turn out next year. Could be genius could be stupidity. We’ll see.

  19. They do lead the league in dysfunction though. So there is a silver lining to the dark cloud.

  20. I’m a Bronco fan so loving this but want to make one general clarification. The raiders got 2 #1, a 3rd, and 6th. They gave up Mack, a 2cnd and a 5th. It’s more like a 1st and 3rd with the other picks offset. So lets say there is a premium pass rusher next year and the raiders have to move up a few spots to get him. It is entirely conceivable that they will package the 1st and 3rd with likely something else to pick higher to replace Mack with someone that isn’t as good. The more you look at this trade the worse it seems.

  21. The Raiders and their fans have only enjoyed one winning season in the last 15 years. Jon Gruden was brought in to change that. They’ve only had one winning season since they drafted Khalil Mack, so they know they can’t win with only Khalil Mack. They need more players. The Bears have a QB who’s still on his rookie deal, so they could afford to pay for Mack. Gruden just drafted the best pure pass rusher in this last draft, Arden Key. They also drafted a beast DT, P.J. Hall, but he’s been hurt. But most importantly, Gruden was brought in to win football games, not compete for sack stats. The dumbest thing in the world would be for the Raiders to pay Gruden $100 million to just keep going in the same losing direction. Bill Walsh won 2 games his first season. Jimmy Johnson won 1 game. Chuck Noll won 1 game. Tom Landry won zero. Those 4 coaches combined to eventually win 11 super bowls, yet they were big time losers while they turned the ship around. That’s the nature of the game. When you bring in a HOF coach to turn your team around, it usually takes a year or two. The media ripped Jimmy Johnson for trading away Herschel Walker for all those draft picks, but today he’s being called a genius for that trade. Gruden will probably win multiple super bowls too. They’ve dominated the first half of every game this year, but their lack of talent showed up in the second half. They also just installed a new offense and new defense, so they’re getting better every week. Be patient. Be smart.

  22. This year’s Bears team reminds me of 2006 when their defense was off the charts great and their offense was bleh. Raiders were stupid to get rid of Mack if they wanted not only a pass rush but a leader on defense.

  23. im willing to bet the house the browns will curbstomp the faiders this sunday. watch, baker throws for 350 yards and 4 or more tds against that hapless ass defense.

  24. I far from a Raiders/ Davis family fan, but time will tell who was right and who was wrong. Currently, the Raiders look like the big losers, especially Gruden. However, he’s paid well to take the heat and his long term contract will give him the time to draft who he wants with the extra pick and develop them. It sucks right now for Raiders fans, but if you’re still a fan after the team abandons your community to Vegas, then you might see the rewards in a few years when the draft picks are known. They could also be a big fast bust, such is the gamble with first rounders.

  25. Our D SUCKED with Mack ….we only had one winning season in four years with Mack and that was only because of Derrek Carr’s last minute heroics winning games !! Then he broke his leg game over.

    The Gruden hate train is in overdrive… all you know it all GM’s are a joke!!

    Once a Raider always a Raider !!!

  26. Belichich traded away Chandler Jones who led the league in sacks last year and nobody slams him for the move.

    The raiders are the oldest team in the league. They are paying Carr a ton and need major rebuild. They got 2 first rounders and with the savings of not signing Mack, they may be able to bring in a couple of good free agents too.

    Mack is great but if the Raiders can end up with 4 quality starters then it’s a good move for them.

  27. Much ado about not that much. The Bears’ results so far aren’t that stellar and reflect a mediocre schedule. The Raiders have not trailed for a single snap in the first 3 quarters of a game this year, so they are quite close to being solid.

    Everyone just loves this “bash Gruden” storyline, but the picture will look different when both these teams have roughly the same records and the Raiders head into the offseason flush with draft capital. Coaches with 10-year contracts have the opportunity to do things differently than coaches trying to survive the year.

  28. It was a brain dead move to trade Khalil Mack and Gruden did it out of sheer ego. Mack is irreplaceable.

    I do know that Gruden fanboys were hyping Arden Key all summer and then I recall some saying at the time of the trade that Key could be an able replace Mack. Key isn’t bad, but I see little evidence of him living up to the boasts. And as I predicted, without Mack to draw multiple blockers to contain him Bruce Irvin is being exposed for the marginal player that he is.

  29. If you can’t pay him, or the price degrades the vision for the future, there’s no real choice but to let him go. At least Gruden got compensation for him.

  30. Can’t pay everybody. It’s called a salary cap. Carr came up 1st and then Mack wanted the moon. Wait till the talent around Mack in Chicago wants to get paid and leaves. Then see how good Mack is. Having said that is is so easy to dislike Gruden. He is like the rich jerk everybody knew in high school that inherited everything. Much like Gruden in Tampa Bay. Who couldn’t win a game when the other team was still using the signals that were used when you were the head coach?

  31. Raiders had 1/4 winning seasons with Mack. lol And he would just be getting double and triple teamed like he was the previous 4 years… The Bears have a stout front 7 unlike the Raiders.

    Raiders must draft well the next 2 years! 2020 is the year.

  32. randomcommenter says:
    September 27, 2018 at 11:23 am

    The raiders are the oldest team in the league. They are paying Carr a ton and need major rebuild.

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    Just 2 years ago the Raiders were one of the youngest teams in the league and after years of futility finally looked to have a bright future. Gruden changed that with lightening speed and demolished the Silver & Black roster in much less time than it took him to wreck the Bucs.

  33. Adam Kachur says:
    September 27, 2018 at 11:21 am
    im willing to bet the house the browns will curbstomp the faiders this sunday. watch, baker throws for 350 yards and 4 or more tds against that hapless ass defense.

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    However a mobile home is not considered a house the last time I checked

  34. chipper41 says:

    September 27, 2018 at 11:10 am

    sucks to be a raider fan right now…they showed so much promise just two short years ago. Mack is gone because of the money being paid (not earned) to Gruden and Carr. Back to the dark days.
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    The $$$ paid to Gruden has nothing to do with Mack or the salary cap. Learn the game before you talk. lol

  35. Gruden has a plan, and in that plan he doesn’t want his cap straddled with a 24 million DE when he doesn’t plan to be Super Bowl ready for 3 years. Who cares about going 7-9 when he wants to be 13-3 and have a fluid cap?

  36. Raidah’s….Dead last in sacks & pass rush but they do have Chucky and Mark with his 3 dollar haircut….

  37. raidernation210 says:
    September 27, 2018 at 11:08 am

    “Well Mack was traded, Reggie wasn’t. Mack was offered $20 million, Reggie wasn’t, Packers had Farve, Bears have garbage. It would only feel eerily similar if you were a complete moron, which most eagles fans are. Thanks for reassuring how dumb your fan base is.”

    Wow, you sound a little bitter.

  38. To the Gruden defenders – Gruden swore he was all in on winning now, so the D sucked with Mack arguements don’t support that. You wouldn’t trade away an elite pass rusher if you were in win now mode.
    He also brought in aging veterans and continues to play them even when they are obviously out played bu younger opponents – See Reggie Nelson.
    Bruce Irvin has repeatedly taken plays off, this could be because the D is gassed in the fourth quarter or just plain laziness.
    Gruden is not the answer. How can a team lead every game this season and then lose all 3? Lack of adjustments by the coaching staff is how. The Raiders look AMAZING running scripted plays they worked on during practice, when opponents adjust to that the coaching breaks down.
    With the reports of the tension on draft day, now the separate scouts and personnel in the front office, it’s obvious Gruden will be taking full control of the Raiders. This is bad. It is very bad.
    As a Raider fan I am very afraid of the remaining 9 years of his contract. It seems the light at the end of the tunnel in 2016 was a locomotive. Going full speed. Out of control. Destroying everything in it’s path.

  39. They want those draft picks to be the talent Mack is when the team moves. I can’t see Davis investing much into the franchise until then. Beast Mode might be the only Raider who gives a damn about Oakland.

  40. As much as it makes sense to blame Gruden, I’d blame the use of SALARY CAP. In the NFL, if you must sign your franchise QB what with QB salaries going up through the roof every year, then if you have several high-priced players, one of more of these will get sent packing.

    That’s what happened with the Dolphins in 2018–being so far over the cap (mainly due to Suh and Tannehill, who was out for 2017 and they had to pay Cutler), they had to not only dump Suh, but also Pouncey (too much injury risk) and their best WR, Jarvis Landry (who was turning into a diva anyway); they had already gotten rid of a fine RB, Ajayi (glad he won a SB ring). But to stay with or under the cap to sign rookies, the Fins had to do these things. When the Raiders made Carr the most expensive QB, they had to dump Mack, and that has badly hurt the Raiders (on the other hand, the Dolphins pulled a smart one and got Quinn from the Rams–excellent move. You never know.) Speaking of the Rams–they’ll be in a similar situation in a year or so when they have to resign Goff. And who will pay an aging Suh what he thinks he’s worth in 2020?

  41. silvernblacksabbath says:
    September 27, 2018 at 11:44 am
    chipper41 says:

    September 27, 2018 at 11:10 am

    sucks to be a raider fan right now…they showed so much promise just two short years ago. Mack is gone because of the money being paid (not earned) to Gruden and Carr. Back to the dark days.
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    The $$$ paid to Gruden has nothing to do with Mack or the salary cap. Learn the game before you talk. lol

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    Your team is cash poor…cap or no cap. at least until they get into the new stadium. numerous articles out there on this

  42. I like the media narrative:
    All summer it was “the Raiders defense is awful, they need lots of talent influx”

    Now it’s: “you should have paid one guy $23 million”

    Or even better from the geniuses who should know better:
    “You paid Gruden $100 million, why couldn’t you pay Mack?!?”

    Time will tell. We needed A LOT of help on defense and having a highly paid DE and QB just doesn’t happen in the NFL. But don’t let facts get in the way of a good Raider bashing.
    Patriots don’t pay
    Steelers day t pay
    Ravens don’t pay

    They’ve all done pretty well the last 10-15 years.
    Again, time will tell.
    Does it sick to lose a top 10 player in the league? Sure it does but it is what it is.

  43. The first three games the Raiders played three good defense’s Rams Broncos and Dolphins we played competitive we lost the lead at the end in all the games .We have new coaches a new scheme and new players it takes time. For all these so-called Raider fans who won’t give Gruden a chance there delusional at best. Gruden brought in Gunther who is a great coach …Captain Jack Del” not much” and Norton Jr” I’m lost” weren’t the answer. It takes time when the whole system is changed. We stay the course and good things will happen. As for the fake Raider fans who don’t like Mark or Gruden or Reggie and never say anything positive about the Raiders you’re not fooling anyone!! Go rag on another team -Brady-fan-boys

    HA HA

    There’s only one Nation = Raider Nation

  44. Record of Bears’ opponents so far: 2-6-1 (1-4-1 not vs. Bears)

    Record of Raiders’ opponents so far: 8-1 (5-1 not vs. Raiders)

    A little thing called CONTEXT. Another little thing called SAMPLE SIZE.

  45. @ JoeToronto says:
    September 27, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    They however rank first in grown adult fans that wear sad Halloween costumes to games.


    And when they are priced out of Marky Mark land in Vegas, they can always sell the costumes to their local pirate or Mad Max LARPing group, a Judas Priest or KISS tribute band.

  46. Chucky is Dr. Frankenstein trying to build something he knows nothing about and will ultimately result in his demise. The Raiders should have gone after Dungy but he would have no, like all the others. The Oakland/LA/Vegas Raiders are the worst run franchise in professional sports.

  47. msc4realeagles says:
    September 27, 2018 at 10:51 am
    Is anyone surprised? This is akin to my Eagles not re-signing Reggie White back in the day. Then he goes to Green Bay and helps them win a Super Bowl. I’m not saying the Bears are winning it all any time soon, but the move feels eerily similar.
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    First off the Bears currently moved up 1/2 game to win between 6 1/2 games or 7 games in Las Vegas sportsbooks.—that is not super bowl bound according to the oddsmakers. Also The Eagles did not get two #1 picks….Reggie was free agent and walked away, and the eagles just left him.Which I really ask why didn’t the bears just wait untuil he was a UFA?

  48. Well obviously very he raiders took a step back in this area with hopes of higher ceiling down the road. If the raiders had Mack he would just be doubles and chipped and we would still be in a similar situation.

  49. and we were 25th in the league last year with him… oh… and until he came on in the second half of the season, we were dead last for the first like 6 weeks

    and in 2016, when he won Defensive MVP, we finished the year dead last…. so what is your point?

  50. Being that they had the lead going into the 4th quarter of every game you would think that a Hall of Fame edge rusher would be the difference between victory and defeat.

    Gruden is the worst personnel management guy in football. Probably worse than Matt Millen.

  51. Any Gruden fanboys that think saying that Brady will be a natural for politics after he retires makes me a Brady-booster is way out there.

    On the other hand, I have a huge amount of admiration for Bill Belichick who is a truly great HC in contrast to Gruden who is only a “coaching legend” in his own mind and that of his fanboys. One of Al Davis’ biggest mistake was in choosing Gruden over Belichick when he interviewed both for the Raiders HC job in 1998.

  52. Just to twist the knife a bit: The Raiders traded the #41 overall pick in this year’s draft to the Tennessee Titans.

    The Titans then selected DE Harold Landry, who went on to become PFF’s #1 ranked defensive rookie during the preseason and has made multiple impact plays in the regular season. Landry is shaping up to be the team’s best edge rusher since Jevon Kearse, almost 20 years ago.

    The Titans couldn’t be happier with that #41 overall pick. Thanks, Gruden!

  53. araidersfan says:
    September 27, 2018 at 3:05 pm
    Any Gruden fanboys that think saying that Brady will be a natural for politics after he retires makes me a Brady-booster is way out there.
    On the other hand, I have a huge amount of admiration for Bill Belichick who is a truly great HC in contrast to Gruden who is only a “coaching legend” in his own mind and that of his fanboys. One of Al Davis’ biggest mistake was in choosing Gruden over Belichick when he interviewed both for the Raiders HC job in 1998.

    apatriotsfan

    they all love Billacheat !!!

    Imposter
    HA HA HA

  54. On Al’s passing, I was happy to see Mark look to the football people around him for advice. It takes great humility to admit you don’t know something, especially when you are the boss. I didn’t know Reggie, but if you are going to copy a front office, you can do worse than Green Bay. I knew there were going to be some tough years ahead, but I absolutely understood that a rebuild was necessary, I did not envy the task in front of Reggie, who walked into cap hell, limited assets, very little talent and a lack of draft picks.

    RAIDER4LIFE!!!

  55. I hate to inject reality into the argument, but the problem was they couldn’t afford him. The mega-deal he signed with the Bears had a stinkload of guaranteed money, which has to go into escrow immediately. I think it was about 80 million! The Raiders owner doesn’t have it, the move to Vegas has crippled him financially.

  56. Weren’t the Raiders in the low 20’s and at times in the 30’s for the season even with Mack rushing the passer?

    Did you expect it to get better when you lost a great player and didn’t have any type of replacement for this year lined up? Everyone knows the trade made the team worse this year.

  57. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    September 27, 2018 at 11:16 am

    …Al can’t be happy with what his son has done to HIS beloved Raiders……Sad.
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    Much like Bocephus, he’s just carrying on an old family tradition.

  58. silvernblackpride says:
    September 27, 2018 at 11:23 am
    Our D SUCKED with Mack ….we only had one winning season in four years with Mack and that was only because of Derrek Carr’s last minute heroics winning games !! Then he broke his leg game over.

    The Gruden hate train is in overdrive… all you know it all GM’s are a joke!!

    Once a Raider always a Raider !!!
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    the Raiders Defense sucked because they drafted 5 defensive players in the first 2 rounds in the past 4 years
    Excluding this years draft ONLY ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!! of those 5 players is starting for them. and only TWO!!!!!!!!! are on the team.

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