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Tracking every dropback by Drew Lock - Part 1

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How often was Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock pressured and who was at fault?

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The Denver Broncos finally have a quarterback that can win games for them. They really haven’t had that since 2014. They also just spent most of the 2020 NFL Draft providing that quarterback with weapons (Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler, Albert Okwuegbunam) and protection (Lloyd Cushenberry and Netane Muti), but how well did they protect him during his five starts in 2019.

Let me start by stating that Drew Lock was the most difficult quarterback to sack in 2019 (minimum 50 dropbacks). Lock was only sacked on 2.66% of his dropbacks (5 in 172) not counting plays that were negated by penalty (he was sacked one time that was negated by defensive holding). For comparison here are the top five most difficult quarterbacks to sack in 2019 and the bottom easiest to sack.

Quarterback Sack Rates 2019

Rk Quarterback Tm Drpbks Scrm Sacked Skd%
Rk Quarterback Tm Drpbks Scrm Sacked Skd%
1 Drew Lock DEN 172 11 5 2.66%
2 Matt Schaub ATL 69 0 2 2.82%
3 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 65 1 2 2.94%
4 Drew Brees NOR 390 0 12 2.99%
5 Patrick Mahomes KAN 524 23 17 3.01%
49 Ryan Finley CIN 104 6 11 9.09%
50 Dwayne Haskins WAS 244 12 29 10.18%
51 Marcus Mariota TEN 198 13 25 10.59%
52 Josh Rosen MIA 128 3 16 10.88%
53 Luke Falk NYJ 89 0 16 15.24%

Sacks don’t tell the whole story though. In fact some might look at the low sack numbers and conclude that the Broncos offensive line was doing a great job in pass protection. Or you might conclude, that Garett Bolles had improved his game (spoiler alert - he hasn’t).

The pressure percentage is a better indicator of how often a quarterback was harassed when trying to pass. Drew Lock was pressured on 24.2 percent of dropbacks, which was about average for the league.

Quarterback Pressure Rates 2019

Rk Quarterback Drpbks Pressures Pressure%
Rk Quarterback Drpbks Pressures Pressure%
1 Matt Barkley 53 5 9.40%
2 Drew Brees* 390 55 14.10%
3 Matt Schaub 69 10 14.50%
4 Eli Manning 153 23 15.10%
5 Nick Foles 127 20 16.00%
6 Andy Dalton 575 98 17.30%
7 Lamar Jackson* 463 76 17.90%
8 Tom Brady 643 118 18.40%
9 Jared Goff 658 123 19.00%
10 Brandon Allen 98 18 19.40%
11 Dak Prescott 639 122 19.70%
12 Matthew Stafford 319 61 19.70%
13 Philip Rivers 631 130 20.80%
14 Derek Carr 556 113 20.80%
15 Teddy Bridgewater 220 44 21.20%
16 Patrick Mahomes* 524 106 21.20%
17 Jimmy Garoppolo 524 109 21.30%
18 Kyler Murray 618 131 22.20%
19 Kirk Cousins 481 106 22.50%
20 Aaron Rodgers* 631 138 22.80%
21 Mitchell Trubisky 576 127 22.90%
22 Gardner Minshew 552 117 23.30%
23 David Blough 194 44 23.40%
24 Carson Wentz 670 151 23.40%
25 Baker Mayfield 591 135 23.50%
26 Kyle Allen 554 126 23.60%
27 Deshaun Watson* 583 130 24.10%
28 Cam Newton 96 23 24.20%
29 Drew Lock 172 39 24.20%
30 Jameis Winston 704 164 24.40%
31 Matt Ryan 685 163 24.50%
32 Devlin Hodges 183 43 24.60%
33 Ryan Tannehill 332 78 24.60%
34 Matt Moore 100 25 25.30%
35 Josh Allen 541 128 25.70%
36 Mason Rudolph 308 80 26.80%
37 Brian Hoyer 72 19 27.10%
38 Ben Roethlisberger 65 18 28.10%
39 Joe Flacco 293 81 28.10%
40 Chase Daniel 72 20 28.20%
41 Daniel Jones 521 141 28.40%
42 Sam Darnold 482 135 28.50%
43 Ryan Fitzpatrick 577 155 28.60%
44 Jacoby Brissett 507 137 28.90%
45 Case Keenum 265 78 29.80%
46 Russell Wilson* 609 177 31.40%
47 Marcus Mariota 198 60 32.40%
48 Dwayne Haskins 244 76 32.80%
49 Will Grier 63 20 34.50%
50 Jeff Driskel 128 44 37.90%
51 Josh Rosen 128 48 38.40%
52 Ryan Finley 104 38 38.80%
53 Luke Falk 89 37 41.60%

This offering will look at every dropback from Drew Lock’s first two starts and determine how often he was pressured (with my own eyes - not relying on PFR or PFF) and who was at fault on each of those pressures. The other three starts will be in part 2.

Including “no-plays” (where a penalty negated that play), Lock dropped back to pass 62 times in his first two starts against the Chargers and the Texans. He was pressured on 24 of those plays. I did not count the “normal” pressure that is by design on screen passes. If there is enough interest in the full table (with every passing play) I will make a viewable file in Google sheets for those who want it to see it. Here is the culpability analysis of who was the guilty party each time Lock was pressured.

Pressures Allowed in Games 12 and 13

Player Pressures Allowed
Player Pressures Allowed
Wilkinson 6.5
Bolles 4
No One 4
Schlottmannn 3.5
Risner 2
Lindsay 1.5
McGovern 1
Heuerman 1
Leary 0.5

Now it should be noted that this is not a rate stat. The “no one” category is when more blitzers than blockers (or an overload blitz) came and Lock needed to get the ball out quickly. Those could have just as easily been blamed on Drew Lock or Rich Scangerello, but I chose to go with “no one” since there was not fault, if you will. I have not adjusted for the total snaps played by each player in these two games.

It should also be noted that the Texans’ game was Austin Schlottmann’s first NFL start. Ronald Leary played 47 snaps against the Chargers in Lock’s first start before he was injured. Ja’Wuan James did not allow a single pressure in his 31 snaps against the Texans (the most he played in any game for us in 2019).

Part 2 will be coming up in the next couple of days.