Officially, the Patriots are 20th in the NFL with 6 sacks. Not fantastic. And judging by what you see what your eyes, it’s clear it’s not enough. Against the Dolphins, Chargers, and Bills, quarterbacks had too much time, and each eclipsed 300 yards.
So why is it that Patriots defenders are almost OK with where they are as a pass-rushing unit? Why do they say that when you look at the film, they come out feeling pretty decent? Not great, but decent?
Because quarterbacks have focused on unloading the ball quickly, as Bills passer Ryan Fitzpatrick did last week. They feel that the focus on getting it out quick has limited the pass-rush numbers, even if the Pats are applying pressure.
“If you ask me, the pass rush looks good,” DE Mark Anderson told me this week. “It’s just, the quarterbacks are throwing the ball a little faster than normal. Other than that, we’re doing everything that we’re asked. We’re still getting a little pressure there. Number one, we’re stopping the run when it’s ...