What to Do in DeMarcus Ware’s Absence
At Bleacher Report, I assessed the Ware-less Cowboys:
Blitz, Blitz, Blitz
If the ‘Boys can’t get significant pressure with some combination of Selvie, Wilber, Jones and Rayford, they’ll probably need to send extra rushers a bit more often than normal.
Well, they’re in luck.
Over the next three weeks, the ‘Boys play quarterbacks who have struggled badly against the blitz. Check out the passer rating versus five or more rushers for the Cowboys’ next three opponents. I used 2012 data from Pro Football Focus to obtain a larger sample size than what we have through just six weeks of play.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (who figures to start for Minnesota by Week 9) were all really poor against the blitz in 2012, registering passer ratings between 60 and 75.
So if the Cowboys can’t generate organic pressure, they’ll need to send extra rushers against some quarterbacks who might not be able to consistently beat the blitz.
But let’s just hope Ware is healthy when Dallas travels to take on Drew Brees in Week 10.