Top Ten Most-Sacked NFL QBs in 2013
Find Out Which QBs Endured the Most Sacks in 2013
2014 NFL Off-Season
We’re officially in single digits, people. 9 Sundays left until football season returns. Can I get an amen? Over the weekend, amidst paddle boarding and cooking, I was reading an article about how sacks actually impact QBs level of play over time. So today, we’re going to take a gander at the ten QBs who endured the most sacks during the 2013 season. Hopefully some of these guys’ O-lines have actually, ya know, practiced this off-season.
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1. I’ve mentioned poor Ryan Tannehill’s sacking situation before. The Miami Dolphins’ leading man was sacked a whopping 58 times in 2013. That works out to just about 4 times per game. Ouch.
2. Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco endured 48 sacks during the course of the season. It’s probably worth noting that this isn’t how an offensive line defending a Super Bowl title ought to protect its QB. Oi vey, Baltimore.
3. Matt Ryan, QB for the Atlanta Falcons, was sacked 44 times in 2013. Not great for a squad that was *this* close to appearing in Super Bowl XLVII.
(3*) 4. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson also took 44 sacks last season. Definitive proof, perhaps, for those who weren’t convinced (do those people exist?) that the ‘Hawks’ defense is their strong suit.
5. Cam Newton, QB (and sometime-RB…let’s be honest) for the Carolina Panthers, was sacked 43 times during the 2013 season. Theoretically, Newton ought to be able to evade a few more of these, but think how bad it could’ve been if he wasn’t a runner.
(5*) 6. The New York Jets’ Geno Smith was also sacked 43 times in 2013. All things considered, the Jets weren’t stellar at, well, anything last year, so it really isn’t surprising they’re on this list.
7. Ben Roethisberger, QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers, took 42 sacks in 2013. The Steelers had one of their worst years in quite some time; they narrowly avoided a losing season with an 8-8 record, in fact. I’d look for Big Ben to be better protected by the time Week 1 rolls around.
8. Carson Palmer, the Arizona Cardinals’ QB, was sacked 41 times last season. If the Cards can roll into the 2014 season with the momentum they picked-up at the end of 2013, I’d expect this number to decrease. Definitely a good thing for Palmer.
9. This one’s a little bit surprising. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady endured 40 sacks in 2014. This isn’t a number the offensive powerhouse (nor Bill Belichick) is used to seeing. You can bet the Pats’ O-line is being worked and worked and worked some more this summer.
(9*) 10. Mike Glennon, QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was also sacked 40 times over the course of last season. There’ve been a lot of changes in TB (enter: Lovie Smith), so we’ll see what happens in September.