Deep stats show good years for a few Ravens

Deep stats show good years for a few Ravens
January 31, 2014, 9:30 am
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Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert, left, and Baltimore Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones get into a scuffle in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore.

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The stats gurus at Pro Football Focus recently selected their all-division squads. You don’t have to get far into the stats to see how the All-AFC North team reflected the Ravens’ struggles on offense this season.

No Ravens were picked for the team.

On the other hand, PFF named four Ravens on the defensive side — linemen Arthur Jones and Haloti Ngata and linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Daryl Smith.

Of Jones, PFF wrote: “Though he was some distance off the top and second tier at 3-4 defensive end, Jones still had a stellar season as he heads towards free agency. Just three players at the position had a higher Run Stop Percentage than Jones’ 10.0%, with 26 tackles that resulted in a defensive stop from 260 snaps against the run.” Ngata’s 8.4 percent on run stop was No. 12 in the league for defensive tackles.

(PFF’s Run Stop Percentage measures tackles that prevent an offense from advancing toward a first down, via a sliding scale: less than 40 percent on first down, less than 60 percent on second down, less than 100 percent on third and fourth down.)

Dumervil had a Pass Rushing Productivity Rating of 15.1, second in the league for outside linebackers. PFF arrives at the number this way: “All sacks, hits, and hurries are added up and … they’re broken down on a per-pass-rushing-snap basis.”

Smith was highly ranked for his work in the passing game, both in coverage and as a rusher, ranking among the league’s best at inside linebacker.