Hard to Pin Down
More revealing than a quarterback's sack total is his total compared with the number of times he dropped to pass. Though the line's quality and a quarterback's propensity to leave the pocket affect the sack rate (a scrambler like the Jaguars' Mark Brunell opens himself up to more sacks), the figure helps to show which passers recognize danger and get rid of the ball best. By this standard Dave Krieg, acquired this off-season by the Oilers to back up Steve McNair, was the most difficult NFL quarterback to sack last year (minimum 300 dropbacks).
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