Originally Posted by Fiddler
None of those guys is 50% of their QB pressures.
If Jj Watt is our defense, he'll be in on 90% or more of the snaps. Just like Reed & Barwin were at the end of last year. It's fine for short spurts, a few weeks here, a few weeks there, but none of them can take it for long.
We'll also be "pushing" Jj to play through minor injuries which can potentially hurt his longevity.
On the great teams, your QB pressure comes from two players & a bunch of role players. Freeny & Mathis, Lewis & Suggs & Ngata, Woodley & Harrison, Justin Smith & Aldon Smith & Patrick Willis, Ware & Ratcliff,
Don't get me wrong, it isn't unheard of that one guy makes up a teams pass rush, it happens. But that guy usually get's hurt often, whether that is Jared Allen, Kyle VandenBosh, or whoever.
Bottom line, we need a beter DL rotation where we get pressure on the QB even when Jj Watt is not in the game.
Freeny & Mathis are 4-3 DE's (getting up there too) they are supposed to be premium pass rushers but have only one Super Bowl to show for it, with Peyton Manning.
Suggs is Raven primary pass rushing OLB in their 3-4. Lewis & Ngata are more supporting role pass rushers & no Super Bowl for this group.
Now Woodley & Harrison, OLB's for two time Super Bowl Champions does qualify for what your saying, with supporting cast of Troy Polamalu, Lawerence Timmons & Larry Foote. This is who Texans must take the mantle away from.
San Francisco got close but no Super Bowl for them either. Alex Smith is their primary pass rusher, but also have Ahmad Brooks. Justin Smith is a stud & next best after Watt. Great team no.
Should have mentioned Green Bay with Clay Matthews. Bet they were hoping for Mercilus, instead settled for Nick Perry who I think is out injured along with Woodson. AJ Hawk & BJ Raji in support. One Super Bowl.
Trying to be objective, of course, Texans have the best pass rushing, wrecking crew right now in the NFL. Not one team mentioned has such depth @ OLB plus a defensive MVP DL hopefull in Watt. If the offense can support the defense & score enough points keeping these guys fresh, Texans should win at least two Super Bowls, heck maybe three?