Rams’ defense pressuring opposing quarterbacks more than any other team

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Everyone knows the Rams’ offense is setting the world on fire, but the Rams’ defense probably deserves more credit for the team’s 4-0 start.

Particularly impressive is the Rams’ pass rush, which is putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks more frequently than any other defense in the NFL. According to Chris Trapasso of the Buffalo News, using data compiled by Pro Football Focus, the Rams’ defense has faced 157 dropbacks and pressured the quarterback on 65 of those dropbacks. That’s a pressure rate of 41.4 percent, the best in the NFL.

The Rams have only recorded eight sacks this season, with defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh as the team’s co-leaders with two sacks apiece. But sacks don’t tell the whole story. Pressuring the opposing quarterback into getting rid of the ball quickly is an important part of having a good defense even if you don’t take down the quarterback. For the Rams in particular, who have spent most of the season playing from ahead, they’re able to tee off on a quarterback who’s trying to bring the team back from behind.

Keeping Jared Goff upright is the most important priority for the Rams, but getting after the opposing passer is also a very important element in their success this year.

33 responses to “Rams’ defense pressuring opposing quarterbacks more than any other team

  1. I’m sorry but the self-crowned most knowledgeable fanbase in Minnesota has assured everyone that the Vikings defense is the best to ever play the game.

    BOW DOWN.

  2. How many of those 157 were with the Rams up by several scores? Its easy to pressure the passer when you don’t have to worry about the run.

  3. As a Rams fan, yes it’s nice to get pressure but until they can get someone who can rush the passer from the outside, the sack totals are not going to be that great. Not to mention that the run defense has been mostly terrible and pass defense has been very suspect the last two weeks which was showcased on national TV last Thursday. Like I said on a previous post, if the defense gets into the form that they were expected to be preseason, this team will be almost impossible to beat.

  4. bkinacti0n says:
    October 3, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    How many of those 157 were with the Rams up by several scores? Its easy to pressure the passer when you don’t have to worry about the run.
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    A very nice analytical post. Yes, when you HAVE to pass more, the likelihood of QB pressures goes up. Would like to see a further breakdown of their pressure percentage when up by 7, 10 and 14+ points as well as by quarter.

  5. But I thought football wouldn’t succeed in Los Angeles. Isn’t the team going to move to a new city in a few years?
    Said those who do not know Los Angeles fans and football.

  6. The bigger surprise is that somewhere Jeff Fischer is trying to take credit for all of the Rams great success.

  7. If they keep playing well they may get a chance to lose to the Eagles in the NFC Championship.

  8. Getoffmylawn! says:
    October 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    But I thought football wouldn’t succeed in Los Angeles. Isn’t the team going to move to a new city in a few years? Said those who do not know Los Angeles fans and football.
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    I guess so … LA Rams then St. Louis Rams back to the LA Rams, Oakland Raiders to LA Raiders back to Oakland Raiders on to the Las Vegas Raiders.

  9. I mean anyone with two eyes saw them get torched last week. They only won because their offense scored on almost every drive.

  10. coolzog says:
    October 3, 2018 at 2:39 pm
    I mean anyone with two eyes saw them get torched last week. They only won because their offense scored on almost every drive.
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    You’re aware that good defenses have bad outings or come up against tough offenses, right? The Vikings gave up 31 points in the NFC Championship game last year and 31 to Carolina and 30 to Washington in the regular season. They were the number one defense in both points and yards last year.

  11. They’d better perform at a high rate with what they are paying that defense. The GM will be gone if they don’t .

  12. For those who are NOT RAMS FANS, and trying to TROLL US, good luck with that. All three phases of this team are working, even with injuries. The .achine keeps rolling, next stop Seattle. Looking forward to more of the same this week! Offense scores, Defense gets the stops when needed. I don’t care if we win by one point, we still win! 4-0

  13. LA is going all in this year, gotta get that fan base buzzing over something…I bet the nfl would hate to see 2 teams in LA flounder in the same year…

  14. Coming into the year there were legit questions about this defense. But it doesn’t have to be great or even top 5. If they don’t have many more injuries they/re more than good enough to win the SB.

  15. When you have Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh on the defensive line, it takes pressure off the rest of the defense and enables them to elevate their game. With Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib in the lineup, we were even better.

    They made a lot of big acquisitions this offseason – pushed the chips all in. This team is expected to win the Super Bowl. Anything else will be a failure and they know it.

  16. kamthechancellor says:
    October 3, 2018 at 6:18 pm
    Reality check for the bandwagon Lambs fans this week. Wilson about to uncork a masterpiece.
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    I love it. Hard core fan, delusional though he/she may be.
    If by masterpiece, you mean a new record for backpedaling/running laterally or negative yards on the ground by a QB – you may be on to something.

  17. I’m not buying this BS,they have no defense ends or good LB’s..WR’s are good,but not great..I’m not sold on them yet..A long season ahead

  18. dejc421 says:
    October 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm
    Getoffmylawn! says:
    October 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    But I thought football wouldn’t succeed in Los Angeles. Isn’t the team going to move to a new city in a few years? Said those who do not know Los Angeles fans and football.
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    I guess so … LA Rams then St. Louis Rams back to the LA Rams, Oakland Raiders to LA Raiders back to Oakland Raiders on to the Las Vegas Raiders

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    don’t forget to include that the Rams started in Cleveland then moved to LA

  19. Ky Li says:
    October 3, 2018 at 1:37 pm
    Pressures>sacks

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    84% of sacks result in killing a drive. Outside of a turnover or score, it’s the single most impactful play in football.

    Good QBs are able to overcome pressure. Good QBs consistently fail to overcome sacks.

    It’s true that # of sacks doesn’t tell the whole story and that pressure is important and doesn’t show up in the box score and is probably undervalued by the average fan, but “pressures>sacks” just simply isn’t accurate.

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