My main wish for the offseason is a ball-hawking safety. Frequently my posts are countered with the argument that average safeties can be made to look great with an a good pass rush. So to find out if interceptions really are the result of a good pash rush, I looked at the stats from last year: The top 5 teams last year for intereceptions were: 1. Baltimore (11th in sacks) 2. Cleveland (30th in sacks) 3. Chicago (22nd in sacks) 4. Greenbay (25th in sacks) 5. Tampa Bay (20th in sacks) The bottom 5 teams last year were: 28. Buffalo (28th in sacks) 29. Seattle (10th in sacks) 30. Dallas (1st in sacks) 31. Denver (26th in sacks) 32. Detroit (16th in sacks) The average sack ranking for a top 5 INT team was 21.6 The average sack ranking for a bottom 5 INT team was 16.2 Surprised? It makes logical sense that a team with a good pass rush would force a QB to make more poor decisions. But teams often plan accordingly, and as it turns out, teams with good pass rush actually get fewer interceptions. This is probably because teams playing against a team with a good pass rush use short drop backs, quick outs, and more runs to counteract the good pass rush. A lot of interception takeaways is more the result of a good secondary. It does not depend entirely on the pass rush, as people seem to believe.