If you follow me on Twitter, you may have have seen the plethora of links I’ve retweeted over the last week or so. Pro Football Focus has been pumping out some great pieces tracking productivity over three years, and I wanted to bring them to your attention if you haven’t seen them yet. The Colts have ended up in almost every one, so if you haven’t seen them yet here you go, along with some extra notes.
Edge Rushers’ Pass Rushing: Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis make the list in the top 10 in total pressures, and top 20 in efficiency. Meanwhile, Tyler Brayton is in the bottom 10.
Interior DL Pass Rushing: New addition Cory Redding is 11th on the list of most efficient pass rushers. Colts fans may remember his sack (and five tackles) against the Colts last fall, one of four and a half on the season.
Linebacker Pass Rushing: None of the Colts made any of these lists, but interestingly enough, if just the 2011 stats were used, every Colts linebacker but Philip Wheeler would have fit in the bottom ten in pass rush productivity.
Defensive Back Pass Rushing: None of the Colts made the article, but Bernard Pollard did. Pollard was Chuck Pagano’s safety in 2011, and it may hint at a role Antoine Bethea could play in 2012.
Deep Passing: Despite playing in just two of the past three seasons, Peyton Manning is in the top ten in deep passes. He hasn’t been particularly accurate though, coming in 11th and 16th in 2009 and 2010 (was 8th in 2008).
Passing Under Pressure: Coming as no surprise for Colts fans, Manning is one of the most accurate passers under pressure.
Running Back Elusiveness: Donald Brown is in the top 20, Joseph Addai is in the bottom 10. Brown’s score for 2011 (37.2) would have put him at 8th over three years. Hopefully he can replicate that in 2012.
Wide Receiver Drop Rate: Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie are awesome, Pierre Garcon is not. However, I will note that Garcon’s rate of 6.67 in 2011 put him in the top third of the league.
Tight End Drop Rate: Dallas Clark had the 4th most drops over the last three years. Of course, it’s important to note that he was in the top half of the league in drop rate in 2009 and 2010, but second to last in 2011.
Running Back Drop Rate: None of the Colts’ backs made this list, but some notes: Donald Brown’s 5.88 in 2011 would have put him awfully close to to the top ten, while Addai’s 11.8 and Carter’s 16.8 would have been in the bottom ten. Of course, all three of them had a very limited sample size, as the Colts’ 2011 QBs were terrible at utilizing their RBs.
Linebacker Tackle Efficiency: Ernie Sims made the list… in the bottom 10. The Colts’ current linebackers (Conner and Angerer) are too young to make the three year mark, but based on 2011, both would have been in the bottom ten.
Defensive Back Tackle Efficiency: Antoine Bethea is tops in the league in total tackles over three years, and if the stats were just from the last two years, he would have easily made the top 10 (he was 4th and 6th among safeties in 2011 and 2010, respectively. His total between the two years would have put him at about 7th in this list). However, in 2009 he was 37th among 63 qualifying safeties, bringing his overall score down.
Edge Rusher Tackle Efficiency: Dwight Freeney is third worst over the last three years, while 2011 free agent acquisition Tyler Brayton is in the top 10.
If you’re not reading PFF consistently during the offseason, you’re missing out. They, and Football Outsiders, provide some of the best offseason analysis (outside of Colts Authority of course), stuff that actually brings us new information, not just regurgitated opinions. Keep on top of their website as their three year studies continue.