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Texans Pass Rushing discussion

IDEXAN

Hall of Fame
Pff edge rusher ranks, with van noy #1, watt #7 and clowney #9

@mattdolloff: @PFF The rest of the top-10 at edge defender:

Khalil Mack
Brandon Graham
Ronald Blair
Danielle Hunter
Joey Bosa
J.J. Watt
T.J. Watt
Jadeveon Clowney
Nick Bosa
Why are we not seeing the name of Whitney Mercilus on that list whos sack total is higher than than anyone there ?
I dunno is that a popularity contest or something ?
 

TheKDog

Hall of Fame
Why are we not seeing the name of Whitney Mercilus on that list whos sack total is higher than than anyone there ?
I dunno is that a popularity contest or something ?
He has a 73 grade which would put him close to the top 10, I think. I don't see the splits, maybe he's worse against the run
 

mws

Waterboy
Why are we not seeing the name of Whitney Mercilus on that list whos sack total is higher than than anyone there ?
I dunno is that a popularity contest or something ?
I agree that Mercilus should be in the conversation. Look at a comparison to Mack.

K. Mack - TCKL 15, SOLO 13, TFL 2, SCK 4.5, PD 1, FF 4 , INT 0

W. Mercilus - TCKL 19, SOLO 14, TFL 5, SCK 5.0, PD 1, FF 4 , INT 1
 

badboy

Hall of Fame
I agree that Mercilus should be in the conversation. Look at a comparison to Mack.

K. Mack - TCKL 15, SOLO 13, TFL 2, SCK 4.5, PD 1, FF 4 , INT 0

W. Mercilus - TCKL 19, SOLO 14, TFL 5, SCK 5.0, PD 1, FF 4 , INT 1
Merci is earning his $7.3 m cap and I hope we can extend him reasonable $ (for) a few seasons before he seeks FA.

Edit to add (for)
 
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badboy

Hall of Fame
I thought he was a FA next year?
That's what I said although after reading my post I could have written it differently. I hope we can extend him this year before he sees free agency this offseason. I really don't want a long extension but two to three years would be perfect for reasonable $. I don't want to get caught up in a price War in the off-season
 

417Texans

Waterboy
Mercilus is not a pass coverage LB, I think they learned that last year, and hopefully they will allow him to go back to rushing the passer and getting upfield, since that is his strength and what he was drafted to do. Im high on Blackson as a pass rusher from the inside. Curious to see what dynamic Charles Omenihu will bring to that unit since he seems somewhat well regarded as a pass rusher.

Obviously it all begins with the bookends .. Watt enjoyed a renaissance last year and it was in no small part to the amount of attention JD Clowney draws on the other side. If some of the younger guys can create more havoc or give the positional group depth so that they can stay fresh throughout the games then it would probably propel the unit near the top of the league. If its just going to be the JD & JJ show it will have those guys sucking air with their hands on the knees again this year, didnt like that at all from last season, need them fresh for the 4th!

I think Texans are top 3 against the rush also in most published reports, should be a good year again for that unit - Crennel keeps doing a great job.


Anyone hear think Houston be better as a 4_3 d
 

TheKDog

Hall of Fame
Top 25 pass rushers. Watt #4 and Reader #15.

4. J.J. Watt, EDGE, Houston Texans
Despite the injuries that slowed him down for several years, Watt is back among the best in the NFL off the edge. His 39 total pressures when lined up on the edge are tied for the most in the NFL through six weeks.

15. D.J. Reader, DI, Houston Texans
Reader was always a good run defender, but he has taken a big step forward as a pass-rusher so far this season. From 142 pass-rushing snaps in 2019, he has generated three sacks, a hit and 12 hurries.


https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-pff-rankings-top-25-pass-rushers-nfl-week-6
 

TheKDog

Hall of Fame
@riversmccown: Texans quarterback hits over the last three weeks:

J.J. Watt: 12
Mercilus: 2
Omenihu: 1
Reader: 1
Scarlett: 1
Tashaun Gipson: 1
 


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