Are Sacks Vick's or Offensive Line's Fault? Probably Both

Are Sacks Vick's or Offensive Line's Fault? Probably Both

Michael Vick has been sacked 13 times this season. Some say he's holding on to the ball too long, others point to an offensive line that's been decimated by injuries. Statistics indicate both have been responsible.

Football Outsiders has been charting short and long sacks for every quarterback in the league so far in 2012, defining a short sack as one that occurred in 2.4 second or less. Any way you count 'em up, Vick is near the top.

We've always known Vick tends to hold the ball way too long, and the numbers continue to prove it's a problem, as he's already been caught for eight long sacks this year. I guess it could be worse though. That accounts for 4% of all dropbacks, and while only two quarterbacks have more, six have been taken down at a higher rate.

Unfortunately, Vick doesn't fare much better with short sacks, which are usually due to a blown protection. 13 minus eight is five, and once again only two quarterbacks have been felled more. Only seven offensive lines are giving up short sacks at a higher rate than 2.5%.

It's worth noting not every short sack is automatically on the offensive line, but FO claims that it typically the case.

So, yes, Vick is holding on to the ball too long, and yes, the offensive line kinda stinks. Both could be much worse though. Cam Newton is surrendering long sacks on 6.0% of dropbacks, and Kevin Kolb has felt the brunt of short sacks an incredible 11 times -- and he didn't even start the first game!

>> Under Pressure: Long and Short Sacks [FO]

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.