Using a little formula I devised that assigns 3 points to a sack allowed, 2 points to a QB hit allowed and 1 for each pressure, here’s a look at how effective the Colts’ offensive players have been at protecting the passer:
Donald Brown (HB) INF 21 pass blocks/0 sacks, 0 QB hits, 0 pressures
Chad Simpson (HB) INF 3 pass blocks/0 sacks, 0 QB hits, 0 pressures
Mike Hart (HB) INF 1 pass block/0 sacks, 0 QB hits, 0 pressures
Jeff Saturday (C) 43.22 389 pass blocks/1 sack, 1 QB hit, 4 pressures
Gijon Robinson (TE) 36.00 36 pass blocks/0 sacks, 0 QB hits, 1 pressure
Mike Pollak (RG) 21.36 299 pass blocks/2 sacks, 3 QB hits, 2 pressures
Ryan Lilja (LG) 20.47 389 pass blocks/1 sack, 4 QB hits, 8 pressures
Joseph Addai (HB) 15.50 62 pass blocks/1 sack, 1 pressure
Ryan Diem (RT) 14.41 389 pass blocks/0 sacks, 5 QB hits, 17 pressures
Dallas Clark (TE) 13.50 54 pass blocks/0 sacks, 1 QB hit, 1 pressure
Kyle DeVan (RG) 12.24 208 pass blocks/1 sack, 1 QB hit, 12 pressures
Charlie Johnson (LT) 10.12 344 pass blocks/2 sacks, 5 QB hits, 18 pressures
Tony Ugoh (LT) 5.00 45 pass blocks/3 QB hits, 3 pressures
Things I find interesting about this:
1. Although Diem has let 22 opponents behind him, none have managed a sack, while the left tackles (which does not include Federkeil and DeVan, who played one snap apiece at left tackle, but both on running plays) have allowed 31 opponents past them and given up two sacks. I attribute this to Manning’s incredible ability to get the rid of the ball under pressure. As a right handed passer, he can easily see rushers coming from the right side better than the left.
2. I was surprised Pollak scored better than DeVan (although my scale is far from scientific), but Pollak has not been DeVan’s equal on running plays, and has been much more penalty prone.
3. Jamey Richard has yet to play Snap One.
4. Ugoh has been horrible, losing his man on one of every 7.5 pass blocks. But then, Johnson hasn't exactly looked like Tarik Glenn, either.