Jul 25, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) hits a blocking bag during linebacker drills at training camp at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Freeney Did the Research... QBs Hold The Ball 2.5 Secs On Average When He is On Field


There are a ton of gems from that post by Jim Trotter on Sports Illustrated about Dwight Freeney. Here is another little gem from the post.

Freeney did research around the league for other pass rushers. He wanted to see the average time it took quarterbacks to get rid of the football against players like Aldon Smith and Jared Allen. He pulled up the film and a stop watch and noticed that quarterbacks got rid of the football at an average of 3 seconds for both those guys. He checked the film on himself…. 2.5 seconds.

“They say if the quarterback holds on to the ball for 3 seconds, you should have a chance to get a sack — a chance,” Freeney said. “Well, they held it an average of 2.5 seconds when I was on the field. Two. Point. Five. Seconds. That means I have to pretty much make my guy miss and then get lucky enough to have the quarterback hold onto the ball. …”

“You get judged by your numbers too often in this game. It’s unfortunate because it’s kind of like a double-edged sword. You go out there and you play hard and you don’t get the numbers, and you feel like, Man, his numbers dropped so he ain’t the same guy. Not necessarily. If you really watch film and you understand this game, you understand that sometimes they turn the protection to you. Sometimes the ball is gone quickly.”

What can you do when the quarterback gets rid of the football that fast? The corners better step up and make a play then.

I love that Freeney keeps on studying. Keeps on looking through the film. Keeps trying to find that edge. He knows that quarterbacks are not going to hold that football very long when he is on the field. That just means he better spin faster.

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  • Stefanie Smith

    Say what you want about our Chargers. They aren’t beating each other up. Rookies aren’t fighting with the vets. They aren’t slurring one another, making each other feel bad, etc. They are into this, people. They are working, excited about the season, and even the worst of them are trying to do their best. You can see it.

    And at the same time, you can see it on their faces. They do look happy. As a fan, I am grateful, we are not dealing with all that other negative stuff. The worst thing that has crossed our Charger doorstep is that Gorilla Glue caper.omg, I look back at that and laugh.

    I forgot about the goofy doctor. That was bad but that did not say anything about the guys’ character. Plus he is gone now.

    • Adam

      I found it!

      • Adam

        This stuff wasn’t even illegal that’s the messed up part

        • arnie

          Of course not. they’re called “gloves” now. LOL

  • arnie

    This is a perfect example of “context”. Numbers never lie, but they don’t tell the whole truth either. If a players numbers dip, the first question i ask is “Why?” Freeney played the entire season with a high ankle sprain. At a new position. With protections aimed to account for him, (or rolled) To top it off, “Greg Manusky” was his DC.
    All i can say now, thanks for the gift indy.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      dang… forgot he had greg manusky there to run the defense. i kept thinking that chuck was running that thing

      • arnie

        Chuck is, but someone had to call the plays of Defense.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Love me some Pags, but he still has a lot of work to do. That “getting off the field on 3rd down” stat needs to come WAY down. I hope that the player changes TT made will help him out more, and that he embraces more exciting play calling this year. = )

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    2.5 seconds isn’t a lot of time to have to cover someone. Hopefully, that will force some more sacks, interceptions, and incomplete passes.

    • Tyreece Kaete Sr.

      Agreed they had to ne runninh Screens,Slants, Drags, & Digs, lmao D Freeny is a Beastttt i was hella excited, & come on Diegolynians we all knew he was gonna be a Charger once he came down to tryout, also…Diego we the bestttt! Wuuuuuuu pre-season & Reg is here

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Whut Whut!!! Bolt up!

  • Leonardo Deleon

    I just can’t wait to see him chase after Manning… it should be fun…