Von Miller v. Elvis Dumervil: Sack Break Down

Justin Edmonds

I saw a stat on Twitter (which I retweeted) that stated Elvis Dumervil had 7.5 of his 11 sacks in the final two minutes of the game. The implication being most of his impact occurred when the game was already in the bag.

Turns out ol' Vic was wrong. Though I haven't gone back through each game to see the exact number, ESPN go keeps track of these things and they indicate Doom had 5.5 sacks in the final two minutes of the half (that's both the first and second half). It got me to thinking though---just when did these guys rack up their numbers? So thanks to ESPN go splits I have that information for you!

By Quarter

Quarter (Von)

Tackles

Sacks

1

13

1.0

2

17

4.0

3

19

7.5

4

19

6.0

Quarter (Doom)

Tackles

Sacks

1

13

2.0

2

13

0.0

3

16

1.5

4

12

7.5

- Both had by far their greatest production in the 2nd half of games. Doom registered 7.5 sacks in the 4th quarter and 9/11 in the 2nd half. Von was similar though he had a greater impact in the first half with 5.0 sacks. 13.5 of his sacks came in the 2nd half.

By Down

Down (Von)

Sack

3-7 yds

8-10 yds

11+ yds

1

5.0

0

5.0

0

2

2.0

0

1.0

1.0

3

11.5

9.0

0.5

2.0

Down (Doom)

Sack

3-7 yds

8-10 yds

11+ yds

1

2.0

0

2.0

0

2

3.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

3

3.5

1.0

2.5

0

4

2.5

0.5

1.0

1.0

Here's where I think the biggest difference lies. Von was able to get about half of his sacks on downs where the offense had 3-7 yards to convert. He obviously had a larger impact regardless of distance. Doom only managed 2.5 sacks in these situations. Interestingly enough, both had a combined 5.0 sacks when the offense was faced with 11+ yards to convert which is much lower than I expected. Thinking about it a bit more however, perhaps offenses waived the white flag and ran a draw/screen play. Doom spread his sacks evenly across each down while Von peaked on 3rd downs with a whopping 11.5 sacks.

By Score

In this table I combined things a bit so read the "Winning/Tied/Losing" rows until the "9-16" points column then stop. That fourth column has two other categories that should be read as top to bottom and there is only one piece of information to decipher for each category.

Situation (Von)

Sack

1-8 points

9-16 points

Final 2 Min/Half

Winning

13.5

5.0

6.5

4 sacks

Tied

1.0

---

---

4th Q +/- 7 points

Losing

4.0

1.0

2.0

0 sacks

Situation (Doom)

Sack

1-8 points

9-16 points

Final 2 Min/Half

Winning

7.5

1.0

2.5

5.5

Tied

2.0

---

---

4th Q +/- 7 points

Losing

1.5

0

0

1.0

Neither had a big sack impact with the game tied. Doom's production was almost non existent when the Broncos trailed. Both had the lions share of their sacks with the lead.

- Leading by one score Von Miller registered 6.0 sacks, Leading by two scores Von registered 8.5 sacks.

- Leading by one score Doom registered 1 sack, Leading by two scores Elvis registered 2.5 sacks. This tells me that Doom had 4 sacks when we had more than a two score lead (blowout). Perhaps this is what Vic was getting at. Either way, that's usually how a pass rush works--it is more effective with a big lead because the defense knows the offense has to score quickly and in chunks. Not gonna do that on the ground usually.

Regardless this was an interesting look at the break downs and I hope that Broncos Country has a better idea of how effective the bulk of our pass rush was when faced with certain situations.

Go Broncos!!!

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