Through week 3, let's see how we stack up sack-wise to the rest of the 3-4 OLB's in the NFL:
Mario Haggan/Elvis Dumervil = 7 of their 10 sacks (70%)
Pierre Woods/Adalius Thomas = 1
Derrick Burgess/Tully Banta-Cain = 3 of their 6 sacks (67%)
Terrel Suggs/Jarret Johnson = 3.5 of their 7 sacks (50%)
Jason Taylor/Joey Porter = 3 of their 5 sacks (60%)
Kamerion Wimbley/David Bowens = 2 of their 5 sacks (40%)
Chike Okeafor/Clark Haggans = 2 of their 8 sacks (25%)
Mike Vrabel/Tamba Hali = 1 of their 3 sacks (33%)
Aaron Kampman/Brady Poppinga = 1 of their 5 sacks (20%)
LaMarr Woodley/James Harrison = 1 of their 5 sacks (20%)
Parys Haralson/Manny Lawson = 1 of their 6 sacks (17%)
Vernon Gholston/Bryan Thomas = .5 of their 4 sacks (13%)
Shawne Merriman/Shaun Phillips = 0
Antwan Applewhite/Larry English = 0 of their 3 sacks (0%)
DeMarcus Ware/Anthony Spencer = 0 of their 3 sacks (0%)
I will keep track of these as the weeks progress to see how we are stacking up against the rest of the league. We have a total of 6 team sacks (5 by the d-line/DB's). While we seem to be getting moderate pressure, eventually, your OLB's primary job in the 3-4 is to get sacks and get sacks when it matters the most.
I noted that Haralson/Lawson would wear down this year b/c they will be taking every snap at the OLB positions and asked to rush almost exclusively and therefore, could end up with less productivity then last year where Lawson was subbed often and Haralson mainly came in off the bench on 3rd downs and teams weren't familliar with his game yet.
I'll let you discuss the importance of a balanced game but ultimately, the OLB's in the 3-4 have one job...rush the passer and rack up sacks (QB pressures and contribute to turnovers), just like it's the MLB job to lead the team in tackles or a RB's job to lead the team in yards from scimmage.
Note: I added team totals in sacks and the trend holds true for 3-4 defenses...team sacks go as the OLB's go. Period.
[ Edited by NCommand on Oct 1, 2009 at 12:04 PM ]