Originally Posted by erod
Stats are meaningless. WHEN they occur is more important than how many. Ware is always good for a sack or two when Dallas is up or down by four touchdowns. I don't count those.
Is that why 10 of his 11.5 came in close game situations this year? Or 4 of his 5 forced fumbles came in close game situations? Or that roughly half of his sacks for his entire career came in close game situations?
I've only begun to quantify the 'WHEN' aspect with stats. Because surely you, nor anyone else, has seen every snap every player has played in the NFL. It's just not feasible. It's not even feasible that you've seen the majority of snaps most players have played. So we look at stats to try and avoid our own biases created by the fact that we've seen Ware for years and just kind of take him for granted... the grass is always greener.
Compare and contrast that with what Smith has done this year. Less forced turnovers (all in blowouts) a 5.5 sack game against a weak bears oline and in a blowout... really only 4 of his sacks game in close situations. Also, notice he hasn't registered a sack in the playoffs thus far.
I'd say Ware had a bigger impact, but a lot of times those impacts didn't come to fruition because of the team around him.