Sack times matter

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:17 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- On paper, the Edmonton Eskimos' defensive front seven should have an outstanding afternoon against the B.C. Lions' offensive line.

The Lions have given up a staggering 74 quarterback sacks this year.

Not surprisingly, that's the highest figure in the league.

In comparison, the Eskimos often-criticized line has given up 39 sacks.

But the mismatch in today's CFL West final will disappear if QB Dave Dickenson sticks to assistant coach Dan Dorazio's magic rule: successfully get rid of the ball in 3.25 seconds.

"We want to get things solved in the quarterback's mind by that time," said the offensive line coach, referring to Dickenson reading a route, finding an open receiver and releasing the ball.

"Once you get over that 3.25 mark it is a damn struggle (to protect the quarterback).

"Now you are in troubled waters."

According to Dorazio, the B.C. offensive line is only responsible for 20 of the 74 sacks this year.

The coach timed every sack and determined almost 40 of them weren't the responsibility of the offensive line because the quarterback couldn't get rid of the ball within the allotted 3.25 seconds.

It brings new meaning to the saying: Timing is everything.


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