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New metric has Saints tied for second in pass rush

If the hits just keep on coming for the New Orleans Saints defense this year, it's probably a good thing (Photo: Parker Waters).If the hits just keep on coming for the New Orleans Saints defense this year, it's probably a good thing (Photo: Parker Waters).

When former New Orleans Saints coach Jim Mora infamously told Brian Allee-Walsh - now of SportsNOLA.com - that "you may think you know" about pass rush "but you don't know ... and you never will," no one knew what websites were.

But now, Sports Illustrated's NFL-centric website, TheMMQB.com, has created a formula to measure pass rush.

Interestingly, the Saints' pass rush is among the best in the NFL through the first two weeks, according to the formula, which combines sacks and pressures, assigns values and then divides by the total number of pass snaps by the opponent.

The Saints have a pressure rate of 35.4 percent, tied with Seattle for second in the NFL and trailing only the San Francisco 49ers at 40 percent.

Leading the way is Cameron Jordan, who ranks fourth among interior rushers with 6.8 "pressure points."

For a unit that gave up the most regular season yardage in the history of the NFL during the 2012 campaign, these kinds of numbers reflect the kind of vast improvement new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was brought to the Crescent City to produce. So far, so good.

 

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