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Old 05-15-2009, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default Is Ben Roethlisberger being sacked into an early retirement?

Is Ben Roethlisberger being sacked into an early retirement?
http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/...urn=nfl,163385
By MJD

"Ben Roethlisberger gets sacked too much, and the Steelers should be concerned about that" was one of the most popular themes of last season. As it turned out, the Steelers survived any problems with their offensive line, and then went on to give a big Lombardi Trophy-sized middle finger to everyone who said their pass blocking wasn't good enough.

But it was good enough last year. The dangers of Ben Roethlisberger(notes) getting sacked a lot, however, might not be so short-term.

There was some interesting work done at pro-football-reference.com earlier this week about how the number of sacks a quarterback takes early in his career can affect how (or if) he plays later in his career. Here's a little bit about how the research went:

I pulled all quarterbacks debuting since 1970 who threw at least 1,000 passes by age 26, and had a career yards per pass attempt of 6.0 or higher through age 26, and then looked at their sack rates. Some of those quarterbacks are still active, so I excluded any that were age 36 or younger and still playing last year.

That left a nice, even forty quarterbacks. The correlation coefficient between sack percentage through age 26, and the player’s age in their last season in the NFL, is -0.335. This negative correlation means that the quarterbacks who took a higher percentage of sacks at a young age did tend to retire at an earlier age.

You can go read more details about the research here, but the bottom line is that guys who get sacked as much as Ben Roethlisberger (and only three guys in history have been sacked more than Ben Roethlisberger through age 26) aren't nearly as likely to be starting quarterbacks past their 33rd birthday. The four names closest to Roethlisberger's on the "number of times sacked through the age of 26" are Neil Lomax, David Carr(notes), Tim Couch(notes), and Tony Banks.

Obviously, Large Benjamin is ten times the quarterback any of those guys are, but he's not superhuman. Longevity will be an issue if they can't keep him off his back.

Gracias, JJ Cooper at the FanHouse.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:18 PM   #2
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Interesting analysis. And i do hope we protect Ben in the coming years. I dont think we'll have a QB as good as Ben in a long time after he's gone. We need to keep him upright. Starting with the run game. Because really, our O-line problems are a bit overrated. Oftentimes it's BB's "team first" attitude that gets him sacked so much.
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The four names closest to Roethlisberger's on the "number of times sacked through the age of 26" are Neil Lomax, David Carr(notes), Tim Couch(notes), and Tony Banks.
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Elway was sacked a record 516 times and he stuck around for 16 seasons. However, it would be nice to get back down to around 25-30 sacks allowed per season like Ben's first two years rather than 45-50 like the last three.
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Elway was sacked a record 516 times and he stuck around for 16 seasons. However, it would be nice to get back around 25-30 sacks allowed per season like Ben's first two seasons rather than 45-50 like the last three.
I think that's realistic, but boy will it take some time. I wouldnt have to hold my breath on every pass play anymore.
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ben was sacked by a crown victoria, and it couldnt keep him down.

i'm more worried about mack trucks and the cheap shots goodell seems to allow only against the steelers as opposed to a typical football sack.

a good running back gets 'sacked' about 20 times a game and ben is much tougher than a good running back.
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Default Re: Is Ben Roethlisberger being sacked into an early retirement?

I am concerned, like the writer of the article, about the cumulative effects of all of these hits that BB is taking. As Psyychoward86 stated a power running game would do wonders in helping BB's longevity.
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sean penn's most epic performance ...

I feel that a 2011 line of

Starks?
Kemo
Shipley
Urbik
Colon?

will be much improved from our current line. I have really high hopes for shipley
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Elway was sacked a record 516 times and he stuck around for 16 seasons. However, it would be nice to get back down to around 25-30 sacks allowed per season like Ben's first two years rather than 45-50 like the last three.
That is alot of sacks hopefully Ben won't see that many.
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