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Median Age of Sacks (By Defensive Players)

Yesterday, I looked at the median age of interceptions by defensive players. Today, using the same methodology, I will be looking at sacks by defensive players.

Since 1982, the median sack age has been rising, although it did drop from the high levels we saw 5-10 years ago. Take a look:


The peak for older players was in ’08, when half of all sacks came from players who were 27.5 or older as of September 1st of that season.

But perhaps more interesting is plotting the sack age (in blue) against the interception rate (in orange).

I’m not quite sure what to make of it, but I do think it’s interesting. For now, it’s food for thought, but I’ll plan on revisiting this more in the offseason. Finally, here is the raw data: enjoy!

YearSack MedINT MedDiff
198226.426.5-0.1
198326.425.50.9
198426.625.80.8
198526.326.10.2
198626.126.10
198726.125.80.3
198826.526.30.2
198926.726.10.6
199026.526.8-0.3
199126.826.70.1
199227.326.90.4
199327.4270.4
19942726.70.3
199527.426.70.7
199627.326.90.4
199727.4270.4
199827.127.2-0.1
199927.326.40.9
200026.927-0.1
200126.827-0.2
200226.927-0.1
200327.126.80.3
200427.226.21
200527.127.10
200627.226.50.7
20072726.50.5
200827.526.51
200927.426.31.1
201027.426.70.7
201127.426.70.7
201226.326.5-0.2
201326.726.40.3
201426.426.30.1
201526.426.7-0.3
  • Richie

    Hypothesis: the new CBA in 2011 made younger players a little bit more cost-effective. So at that time, teams became less willing to pay for sacks by investing in veteran pass rushers, causing the drop in 2012.

    • James Allison

      That’s exactly what I thought too