The Execution and Artistry Behind Every Blitz, Pressure and Sack in the NFL

August 28, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

What is a sack?
We all know, basically, what a sack is—at least those of us who have been watching football since former defensive lineman Deacon Jones first coined the term. Jones, who passed away in 2013 and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1980, was one of the truly great sack artists in NFL history. It's incredible to think that the stat has only been an official stat since 1982. 
These days, there's so much more that goes into a sack. Coaches scheme and plan for weeks on end to sack quarterbacks who are throwing more and more while getting hit less and less. Rules in the NFL have skewed toward protecting passers and allowing high-scoring offenses to reign.
Yet, for all of the importance we put on the statistic itself and the big hit that often goes along with it, what goes into the preparation for that moment? A sack isn't just one athlete beating another off the line and hitting the quarterback. No, there's top-notch execution and artistry that g...

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