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The defensive line has been under a lot of fire for lack of pressure this season. In reality, they aren't doing that bad.
The main complaint last season was that they couldn't stop the run. They would go full boar at the QB, and that would create the holes that running backs exploited.
The solution was to look for the run, then go at the QB. The result has been a much better performance against the run, but average pressure in the passing game.
The problem is, being average leaves the depleted secondary exposed.
After 11 sacks and seven forced fumbles last season, Avril held out this season for a long-term contract. Turning down a three-year, $30 million contract wasn't looked upon favorably by the fanbase.
So far, he's on pace for an eight-sack season if the recent back injury doesn't hamper his playing time.
Eight sacks won't make things any easier to receive that long-term contract he's looking for.
Getting back to being dominant was his goal, and he's on track, but still tracking just slightly above-average.
He's still being taken out of plays too easily, and he's not as feared as he was his first year. He needs to get more consistent to live up to his and our expectations.
I'm not sure if the injuries are hampering his ability or he's just lost a few steps. He was usually the rock on the defensive line that allowed Suh to make an impact.
If he continues to play mediocre football, he will lose his starting spot permanently.
By far, the best defensive tackle so far this season. He's outperforming both Williams and Fairley and giving Suh someone to take pressure off him on the line.
Should be the everyday starter.
I'm starting to see why he slipped so far in the draft. He shows a glimpse of his potential, and then disappears.
Potential makes you interested in a player, but consistently talking about it means they still haven't reached it.
Kyle Vanden Bosh
The old warrior is still the trucking. On pace for eight sacks, he hasn't shown any sign of slowing down.
So far, the neck injury hasn't cropped back up.
Still one of the most effective defensive ends with limited snaps, he's just waiting for his chance. As long as Kyle stays healthy, Jackson will have to rely on the rotation.
Seven snaps in four games doesn't make for a lot of opportunities.
An immediate fan favorite, Young has yet to flash this season. Only one hurry in 23 snaps doesn't sound like the Young we saw on the field last season.
Hopefully, he can turn it around.
If the line were graded on QB pressure alone, it'd be an easy F. One of the main issues the past few seasons has been outside containment.
Not this season. At least not yet.
They're still showing some vulnerability to the trap, but they're recognizing it much more quickly and stopping the big play.
QB pressures need to pick up.
A lot of the blame is being placed on the line, but the losses aren't their fault.
When you hold a team to two field goals, how is that on the defense?