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Sack trivia

Posted by Doug on April 21, 2009

I've been busy lately. Fortunately, Chase and JKL and have been doing a great job of keeping things lively around here. I'll continue to busy for awhile, but I have no excuse for not kicking in with at least a trivial post or two per week, especially with this new game log data we have.

So here we go...

Using the game log data, I have attempted to estimate how many times each defensive player has sacked each quarterback. If Lawrence Taylor gets two sacks in a particular game and Steve Grogan is the only opposing quarterback to attempt a pass in that game, we can be pretty confident that LT sacked Grogan twice. But if LT gets two sacks in a game where Tommy Kramer and Wade Wilson both got playing time against the Giants, we're not sure how many times he sacked each of them. Unfortunately, we don't have game-by-game sack records for the sackees, so the best we can do is divvy them up proportionally according to how many passes each of them attempted. In that case, Kramer attempted 25 and Wilson 6. So we credit LT with 1.61 sacks against Kramer and 0.39 against Wilson. It's a kludge, but we're just having fun here.

So assuming that methodology for estimating how many times each player sacked each other, here is the all-time list. The Pct column tells you what percentage of the sacker's career sacks came against this particular sackee.

Sacker               Sackee             Est. Sacks      Pct
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Bruce Smith          Ken O'Brien             17.28     8.05
Greg Townsend        Dave Krieg              16.79    14.35
Dexter Manley        Phil Simms              16.50    15.64
Derrick Thomas       John Elway              16.35    12.30
Derrick Thomas       Dave Krieg              15.00    11.28
Neil Smith           John Elway              14.91    13.08
Peter Boulware       Mark Brunell            14.21    19.47
Leslie O'Neal        Dave Krieg              14.11    10.49
Lawrence Taylor      Randall Cunningham      13.58     9.77
Reggie White         Neil Lomax              13.33     6.35
Michael Strahan      Donovan McNabb          13.14     8.70
Jacob Green          John Elway              12.97    12.84
Greg Townsend        John Elway              12.52    10.70
Reggie White         Phil Simms              12.45     5.93

Kevin Carter         Steve Beuerlein         12.31    11.35
Bruce Smith          Drew Bledsoe            12.28     5.73
Bryant Young         Marc Bulger             12.01    12.98
Simeon Rice          Aaron Brooks            11.85     9.19
Mark Gastineau       Mike Pagel              11.39    13.98
Bruce Smith          Dan Marino              11.23     5.24
Leonard Marshall     Randall Cunningham      11.20    12.37
Dexter Manley        Neil Lomax              11.14    10.56
Kevin Greene         Chris Chandler          11.09     6.62
Pat Swilling         Chris Miller            11.00    10.14
Leslie O'Neal        John Elway              10.98     8.16
Rickey Jackson       Chris Miller            10.95     8.36
Aaron Schobel        Tom Brady               10.95    16.10
Simeon Rice          Donovan McNabb          10.92     8.46
Brent Williams       Jim Kelly               10.76    23.66
John Randle          Brett Favre             10.68     7.60
Derrick Thomas       Jeff George             10.67     8.02
Greg Ellis           Donovan McNabb          10.66    13.66
Lawrence Taylor      Ron Jaworski            10.58     7.61
Warren Sapp          Brett Favre             10.55    10.34
Robert Porcher       Brett Favre             10.43    10.75
Jason Taylor         Tom Brady               10.39     8.62
Leslie O'Neal        Rick Mirer              10.31     7.66
Charles Mann         Randall Cunningham      10.30    11.07
Lee Williams         John Elway              10.07    12.06
Lee Williams         Dave Krieg               9.96    11.93
Clyde Simmons        Troy Aikman              9.94     7.89
Freddie Joe Nunn     Randall Cunningham       9.93    14.49
Pat Swilling         Jim Everett              9.74     8.98
Jim Jeffcoat         Phil Simms               9.54     8.68
Julian Peterson      Marc Bulger              9.50    18.63
Curtis Greer         Ron Jaworski             9.49    18.79
Jeff Cross           Ken O'Brien              9.47    15.91
William Fuller       Boomer Esiason           9.45     9.04
John Randle          Scott Mitchell           9.32     6.63
La'Roi Glover        Tony Banks               9.26    11.09
Bryant Young         Chris Chandler           9.19     9.93
Bruce Smith          Jeff George              9.19     4.28
Lawrence Taylor      Neil Lomax               8.89     6.40
Dexter Manley        Randall Cunningham       8.88     8.42
Reggie White         Troy Aikman              8.84     4.21
Leslie O'Neal        Jeff George              8.81     6.55
Anthony Smith        John Elway               8.81    14.81
Howie Long           Bill Kenney              8.73     9.93
Ray Childress        Boomer Esiason           8.68    11.06
Jason Gildon         Jeff Blake               8.66    10.19
Rickey Jackson       Jim Everett              8.65     6.60
Too Tall Jones       Phil Simms               8.59    13.42
Jacob Green          Marc Wilson              8.57     8.48
Andre Tippett        Ken O'Brien              8.55     8.46
Michael Sinclair     John Elway               8.50    11.56
Simon Fletcher       Bernie Kosar             8.50     8.21
Chris Doleman        Randall Cunningham       8.44     5.36
Bryce Paup           Vinny Testaverde         8.39    10.63
Bill Pickel          Dave Krieg               8.38    14.45
Bryce Paup           Jim Harbaugh             8.28    10.48
Terrell Suggs        Ben Roethlisberger       8.17    14.34
Renaldo Turnbull     Steve Young              8.14    17.14
Jevon Kearse         Mark Brunell             8.11    10.40
Chike Okeafor        Marc Bulger              8.06    15.65
Michael Strahan      Jake Plummer             8.01     5.31
Andre Tippett        Dave Krieg               8.00     7.92
DeMarcus Ware        Eli Manning              8.00    14.68
Osi Umenyiora        Donovan McNabb           7.97    18.32
Warren Sapp          Charlie Batch            7.95     7.79
Richard Dent         Steve DeBerg             7.90     5.34
Clyde Simmons        John Elway               7.88     6.25
Ken Harvey           Troy Aikman              7.87     8.84
Derrick Thomas       Jim Kelly                7.86     5.91
La'Roi Glover        Steve Beuerlein          7.85     9.40
John Randle          Jim Harbaugh             7.82     5.57
Sean Jones           John Elway               7.76     6.41
Kevin Greene         Chris Miller             7.72     4.61
Reggie White         Trent Dilfer             7.69     3.66
Andre Tippett        Jim Kelly                7.68     7.60
Tony Tolbert         Randall Cunningham       7.65    11.16
Chris Doleman        Jim Harbaugh             7.62     4.83
Simon Fletcher       Jeff Hostetler           7.59     7.34
Henry Thomas         Steve Young              7.56     7.83
Richard Dent         Marc Wilson              7.55     5.10
Lawrence Taylor      Joe Theismann            7.54     5.42
Fred Dean            Dave Wilson              7.53    22.16
Chris Doleman        Don Majkowski            7.53     4.78
Burt Grossman        Dave Krieg               7.50    16.30
Jim Jeffcoat         Joe Theismann            7.50     6.82
Lance Johnstone      Joey Harrington          7.50    10.42
Jim Flanigan         Charlie Batch            7.49    16.28
Leonard Marshall     Neil Lomax               7.46     8.25
Monte Coleman        Phil Simms               7.46    15.54
John Abraham         Drew Bledsoe             7.44     8.66
Lawrence Taylor      Gary Hogeboom            7.43     5.35
Mike Rucker          Aaron Brooks             7.41    12.90
Jason Gildon         Mark Brunell             7.39     8.69
Lawrence Taylor      Jay Schroeder            7.37     5.30
Dave Butz            Ron Jaworski             7.36    19.12
Dwight Freeney       David Carr               7.35     9.36
Richard Dent         Vinny Testaverde         7.28     4.92
Richard Dent         Randy Wright             7.26     4.91
Wayne Martin         Steve Young              7.26     8.69
Bruce Smith          Warren Moon              7.25     3.38
Bryce Paup           Craig Erickson           7.23     9.15
Patrick Kerney       Kurt Warner              7.22     8.97
Curtis Greer         Danny White              7.22    14.30
Ezra Johnson         Jim McMahon              7.22    12.67
Henry Thomas         Vinny Testaverde         7.22     7.48
George Martin        Neil Lomax               7.20    14.69
Donnell Thompson     Ken O'Brien              7.15    17.87
Chuck Smith          Steve Young              7.14    12.00
Dexter Manley        Ron Jaworski             7.12     6.75
Michael McCrary      Steve McNair             7.11     9.23
Jason Gildon         Steve McNair             7.10     8.35
Doug Martin          Lynn Dickey              7.06    13.85
Tony Brackens        Kordell Stewart          7.04    11.93
Trent Cole           Eli Manning              7.00    19.44
Robert Mathis        David Carr               7.00    12.28
Andy Harmon          Troy Aikman              7.00    17.72
Wayne Martin         Chris Miller             7.00     8.38
Charles Haley        Jim McMahon              6.97     6.25
Kevin Greene         Phil Simms               6.97     4.16
Jim Wilks            Joe Montana              6.96    15.13
Clay Matthews        Warren Moon              6.96     9.73
Lawrence Taylor      Steve DeBerg             6.95     5.00
Simon Fletcher       Jay Schroeder            6.95     6.71
Mark Gastineau       Tony Eason               6.95     8.52
Too Tall Jones       Neil Lomax               6.94    10.84
Richard Dent         Joe Montana              6.93     4.68
Karl Mecklenburg     Dave Krieg               6.93     8.55
Jim Jeffcoat         Neil Lomax               6.90     6.27
Joey Porter          Tom Brady                6.89     7.74
Warren Sapp          Steve McNair             6.88     6.75
Chad Brown           Jim Harbaugh             6.88     8.09
Simeon Rice          Kerry Collins            6.87     5.33
Tim Johnson          Randall Cunningham       6.81    19.75
Leonard Marshall     Ron Jaworski             6.80     7.52
Alfred Williams      Neil O'Donnell           6.78    10.85
Art Still            Marc Wilson              6.66    13.45
Aaron Schobel        Chad Pennington          6.62     9.74
Freddie Joe Nunn     Phil Simms               6.57     9.60
Keith Willis         Warren Moon              6.52    10.69
Reggie White         Chris Miller             6.50     3.10
Chad Brown           Mark Brunell             6.50     7.65
Grant Wistrom        Aaron Brooks             6.50    11.02
Sean Jones           Bernie Kosar             6.50     5.37
Tracy Scroggins      Brett Favre              6.50    10.66
Charles Mann         Phil Simms               6.50     6.99
Jevon Kearse         Eli Manning              6.50     8.33
Randy White          Neil Lomax               6.49    10.63
Garin Veris          Ken O'Brien              6.47    16.17
Michael Dean Perry   Bubby Brister            6.44    10.56
Richard Dent         Phil Simms               6.43     4.35
Jeff Lageman         Jim Kelly                6.42    13.38
Dwight Freeney       Steve McNair             6.37     8.12
Chris Doleman        Chris Chandler           6.37     4.04
Derrick Thomas       Stan Humphries           6.36     4.78
Jim Jeffcoat         Randall Cunningham       6.33     5.76
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila Brad Johnson             6.33     8.23
Greg Brown           Neil Lomax               6.29    11.97
Simeon Rice          Michael Vick             6.27     4.86
Doug Betters         Mike Pagel               6.27    13.78
Bryant Young         Tony Banks               6.26     6.77
Ray Childress        Neil O'Donnell           6.23     7.94
Michael Strahan      Kurt Warner              6.21     4.12
Jeff Bryant          John Elway               6.21     9.62
Mike Vrabel          Chad Pennington          6.19     9.68
Robert Porcher       Trent Dilfer             6.19     6.38
Mike Mamula          Dave M. Brown            6.18    19.03
Trace Armstrong      Rob Johnson              6.18     5.33
Alphonso Carreker    Steve Young              6.17    24.67
Kevin Greene         Joe Montana              6.16     3.68
Steve McMichael      Joe Montana              6.15     6.12
Frank Warren         Chris Miller             6.15    11.08
Chris Doleman        Vinny Testaverde         6.12     3.89
Bruce Smith          John Elway               6.12     2.85
Sean Jones           Dave Krieg               6.09     5.03
Rickey Jackson       Steve Young              6.08     4.64
Bruce Smith          Boomer Esiason           6.04     2.82
Jason Taylor         Drew Bledsoe             6.03     5.01
Brent Williams       Ken O'Brien              6.03    13.26
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila Daunte Culpepper         6.00     7.79
Simon Fletcher       Dave Krieg               6.00     5.80
Henry Thomas         Don Majkowski            6.00     6.22
Leslie O'Neal        Chris Chandler           6.00     4.46
Maa Tanuvasa         Rich Gannon              6.00    16.67
Mike Bell            Ken Anderson             6.00    15.00
Erik Howard          Randall Cunningham       6.00    17.91
Hugh Douglas         Jake Plummer             6.00     7.14
Gary Jeter           Steve Beuerlein          6.00    10.71
Rufus Porter         John Elway               6.00    14.63
Freddie Joe Nunn     Vinny Testaverde         6.00     8.76
Mike Vrabel          Peyton Manning           6.00     9.38
Neil Smith           Warren Moon              6.00     5.26
Trevor Pryce         Mark Brunell             6.00     7.02

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