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Is edge rush or interior rush more important to a defense?

Pro Football Focus set out to answer this question and the results make sense, especially if you’ve been a Denver Broncos fan for a while.

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Pro Football Focus went hard into their advanced metrics to try and figure out which positions impact games more; the edge rusher or the interior defender.

The results of their findings clearly showed that pressure from the edge impacts the game in many more ways than interior pressure.

The top five interior pass-rushers (Donald, Fletcher Cox, DeForest Buckner, Geno Atkins, and Gerald McCoy) cost the opposition 75.30 expected points, averaged 2.34 seconds per solo pressure and saw offenses gain 4.1 yards per play. The top five edge rushers (Bosa, DeMarcus Lawrence, Cam Jordan, Melvin Ingram, and Von Miller) cost the offense 109.16 expected points, averaged 2.29 seconds per solo pressure and saw the offense gain 3.1 yards per play.

However, as Denver Broncos fans we understand how important it is for an entire defensive unit that edge rushers and interior defenders work together to make opposing quarterbacks lives completely miserable.

The lack of an interior pass rush actually hurt the Broncos overall pass rush greatly and that was even with Miller on the edge.

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