Quarterback Hurries (NFL Statistic)

What are are Quarterback Hurries (QB Hurries)

Pro Football Reference defines quarterback hurries as “a situation when the QB is forced to throw the ball earlier than intended or is chased around/out of the pocket as the result of defensive pressure”.

While this seems straightforward, it is not. The elements of the statistic can be quite subjective. Play charters must make a determination as to whether a hurry occurred or not. Compare this to a statistic like Air Yards which is easily identifiable.

Which defensive positions tend to lead in Quarterback Hurries?

Not surprising, those positions which tend to rush the quarterback often lead the league in quarterback hurries: lineman and linebackers, but specifically defensive ends and outside linebackers (depending on whether the defense plays a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme) tend to be team leaders in hurries.

You can look at the tables below and see that for both 2019 and 2020 the top 10 leaders in QB hurries were defensive ends and outside linebackers.

Recent season leaders in QB hurries

Position Key:
ROLB = right outside linebacker
LOLB = left outside linebacker
RDE = right defensive end
LDE = left defensive end
LDT = left defensive tackle

Top 10 Players for QB Hurries in 2020:
Player Name Position Number of QB Hurries
Shaquil Barrett ROLB 24
Chase Winovich LDE 24
T.J. Watt LOLB 19
Maxx Crosby RDE 19
Harold Landry ROLB 18
Joey Bosa LDE 18
Haason Reddick LOLB 16
Brian Burns LDE 16
Khalil Mack LOLB 16
Chris Jones LDT 16
Top 10 Players for QB Hurries in 2019:
Player Name Position Number of QB Hurries
Aaron Donald RDE 32
Khalil Mack LOLB 30
Cameron Jordan LDE 27
Joey Bosa LDE 25
Nick Bosa LDE 24
T.J. Watt LOLB 23
Dante Fowler LOLB 19
Harold Landry ROLB 18
Matthew Ionnidis RDE 18
Von Miller ROLB 18
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