Bengals Defense: Does More Sacks Mean Fewer Turnovers?

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Subsequently, while the team’s interception totals declined the sacks increase inversely for the most part. Notice the trend over Zimmer’s first four years in Cincinnati.

Sacks INTs Forced Fumble

2009

34

19

10

2010

27

16

12

2011

45

10

18

Projected

68

4

8

2012

 

While the sack totals did dip in 2010, the amount of fumbles increased. What we can take away is that if a quarterback finds himself hurried, he will often make bad decisions under duress. Perhaps he will lead a receiver into a defender and the receiver will subsequently fumble. At the same time, if the quarterback holds onto the ball because his routes have not developed and the defenders close in on him.

Likely the Bengals will not end up with 68 sacks on the season. In 2004, the NFC Champion Eagles began the season with 18 sacks and a lone interception, running a similar scheme to Zimmer’s. They ended the season with 45 sacks and 17 interceptions, as teams likely focused on getting the ball out more quickly.

As much as all Bengals fans would love to see Geno Atkins finish the season with 20 sacks, his and his defense’s pass is unlikely to be sustained. Their defensive will find new ways to control opposing teams enough to let Andy Dalton and the offense win games, but with an increasingly healthy secondary will increasingly generate turnovers.

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