Originally Posted by 76Texan
It certainly looks that way; however, when I look at the numbers from the time Wade was with the Saints, the Broncos, the Falcons, and especially the Bills, the number of sacks generated from the interior positions far exceeded those of the OLBs. This strongly suggest that schemes were involved. We don't know how those various schemes were implemented so it's hard to pinpoint the reason.
JJ Watt certainly looks like a hybrid Reggie White/Bruce Smith/Clyde Simmons type of guy though.
Or maybe the olb's weren't that good at rushing the passer...
I will say this though, the interior guys Probably have more pass rushing opportunities since the Olb's drop in coverage fairly often.
That said, they aren't passing the eyeball test for me. I can see when they aren't rushing and instead playing a read and react technique...but when they do get opportunities to pin their ears back and go they aren't making OT's work very hard.
Especially Brooks Reed.
My thing is, when we know a qb is dropping back to pass, we would benefit greatly by having a guy on the outside that could relieve pressure on the guys on the inside. The OL is bit having to extend itself.
And while there is a shorter path to the qb for interior lineman, usually those guys are a lot easier to block than good edge rushers. 1) just from a physical ability standpoint and 2) interior guys are easier to neutralize with double teams.
I said this a while ago, but I'd actually like to see watt lined up outside more often. He's our best pass rusher by far and he'd make the o line have to actually work out there.
Right now it's too easy to contain our pass rush. Double watt inside. Help a little on smith, and dare our olb's to do anything about it.
That's no bueno for any scheme.