Sack yardage

Discussion in 'NFL' started by Major, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. Major

    Major 4 legs good 2 legs bad Staff Member V.I.P.

    In college, yards lost on sacks are counted as rushing yards. In the NFL they're counted as passing yards. Do you think sacks should count as rushing yards or passing yards?
     
  2. Millz

    Millz Black 7! Staff Member V.I.P.

    To clarify they count as passing yards against for the team but the quarterback's individual stats aren't affected, right? Or did I make that up?

    Really, does it make any sense for it to count against passing yards? I guess because the QB's intent is to THROW makes sense in that aspect but I dunno. I don't think it should count against either.
     
  3. Major

    Major 4 legs good 2 legs bad Staff Member V.I.P.

    I'm not sure if it affects the quarterback's stats or not, but I'm pretty sure the yards are deducted from the team's passing yardage.

    To me it doesn't make any sense to count them against passing yards. If there was never an attempted pass then there are no yards gained or lost through the air. They are lost on the ground, so the yards should come off the rushing totals.

    Well total offense should be passing yards plus rushing yards. If you don't count sack yards lost against either passing or rushing, they won't equal the total offense. Should sacks just be its own category like penalty yards?
     
  4. Merc

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    I think it should count as negative offensive yards because when you think about it, the QB is sacked before he decides what he is actually going to do. It seems strange to dock the running game yardage or the passing game yardage when neither were really the clear goal since we don't know what the QB was going to do. I think sack yardage should simply be deducted from total offensive yardage, that way both passing and running suffer penalty equally.
     
  5. Major

    Major 4 legs good 2 legs bad Staff Member V.I.P.

    You can't deduct it from total offense without deducting it from either passing or running. Total offense is the sum of passing and rushing yards. Unless you are proposing that total offense be less than the sum of the passing and rushing yards.
     
  6. Merc

    Merc likes burritos V.I.P.

    I'm talking about simply calling it negative offensive yards. Let's say you pass for 100, run for a 100, 200 right?

    10 yard sack = 190 yards of offense for the whole game.
     

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