“Internal Data” On PennDecember 15th, 2012
If Joe wrote for the Buccaneers’ official team “Captain’s Blog,” Joe would toss around all kinds of phrases like “internal data.” That sounds awfully cool.
And Scott Smith did just that in an analysis of Donald Penn’s greatness yesterday. Smith dove into Penn’s 2012 season and the performance of the offensive line.
However, according to internal data, Penn has been personally responsible for allowing only 3.5 sacks this season. That’s a fine number made all the more impressive by the fact that he has faced a killer lineup of pass-rushing ends and 3-4 linebackers this season, from Jared Allen to John Abraham to DeMarcus Ware to Greg Hardy to Von Miller. Those pass-rushers haven’t come off the left edge on every single snap, but Penn was certainly played a big part in the overall effort to slow them down.
And he’s a big part in the team’s ability to allow just 19 sacks all season while propelling rookie RB Doug Martin to instant superstar status. The Bucs have not allowed fewer than 30 sacks in a season since 2003, and Martin has already broken the team’s rookie rushing records with 1,234 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Penn also was quoted explaining how offensive line coach Bob Bostand is a technique freak and what that’s meant to the versatility of the offensive line. Definitely click through above to read more.
It hasn’t been Penn’s finest season, but it’s been another strong one for sure. And Penn hasn’t missed a start since the middle of 2007. Joe thinks Bucs fans should take pause this morning and appreciate how lucky the team is to have Penn. Through all the past years of fat bashing, Penn consistently has been an exceptional, durable player.