Charting Connor Barwin’s 11.5 sacks in 2011

In 2011, new Eagles OLB Connor Barwin had 11.5 sacks for the Texans. In 2012, he had 3. The dip in production can be explained any number of different ways. For example, did the Texans ask him to play differently? Was he required to bump the TE before getting into his pass rush? Was he dropping into coverage more often?

Those are all good questions. Another thing that people might wonder is if a bunch of his 11.5 sacks in 2011 were a result of luck. Sacks, after all, can often be the result of luck. So I thought I’d take a look at Barwin’s 11.5 sacks in 2011 to see if he was earning them or not. Buckle in, because there are a lot of still shots here.

Sack #1: Week 2 vs. Miami

Here’s Barwin working against Miami’s Jake Long, who was still a very good player in 2011. Barwin gets a nice get-off at the snap:

Barwin 1

He pushes Long back, gets him off balance, and gains separation:

Continued at the Allentown Morning Call…

14 Comments

  1. ATLeagle says:

    I do like that he didnt just get to Ben, but actually got him down, as that is often very difficult. Of course we cant see from this how many times Ben escaped that game. Going for the FF is a nice point also, as the Eagle’s D last year could have used some big moments.

    I tried to see if there was an impact from Mario Williams, as that would have changed the O-line protections the next year, but he didnt even seem to be on the field in some of these.

    1. That was the year he got hurt.

  2. deg0ey says:

    Three things spring to mind looking at that:

    1. Hopefully Davis will have Cox open some of those lanes for him this year.

    2. If Barwin’s got the QB, who the hell is #94 tackling in that last picture?

    3. When checking out his 2012 sacks, it might be worth looking at the sacks of whoever the DT/DE on his side was too; maybe he was doing the inside moves and throwing off the OL, but the D-lineman he stunted around was the one to get the QB more often than not? In fact, if (as people are saying) he moved to the opposite side and was stunting around JJ, then that could be exactly what happened.

    1. Ha, didn’t notice that last pic.

      1. deg0ey says:

        FWIW, I’ve just done #3. I just watched every sack Houston got in 2012 and, in addition to the 3.5 that went on Barwin’s stat sheet, I counted 15 plays where he got good pressure but for some reason or other he didn’t get the sack.

        I’ll probably write it up as a fanpost over at BGN, but the primary scenarios were that he got good edge-pressure and the QB stepped up right into Watt’s arms, or he beat his man and got a free run at the QB but someone else got there first.

  3. ForWhoForWhat says:

    Good breakdown. Did you happen to notice anything noteworthy about DeMeco Ryans 3-4 performance?

    1. Sorry, no, I only watched the sacks, and wasn’t watching Meco.

      1. mjoedgaard says:

        Would love if you could do that. Maybe compare start of the season to end of the season because most people said he played much better towards the end of the season

  4. immynimmy says:

    Fantastic work, Jimmy

    1. By the way, 4600+ from r/NFL yesterday.

  5. Dan in Philly says:

    An excellent breakdown. How about his 2012 year? With his lateral speed, why didn’t the Texans employ him to better effect?

    1. Thanks. Not sure. Haven’t looked at 2012 yet.

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