NFC South Has Worst Pass RushesJuly 12th, 2012
Here’s a new theory: NFC South quarterbacks are so successful, in part, because the division is short on pass rushers.
In this NFL Network video, Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel make this case. Among other takes, Kriegel points out that no NFC South rusher had double-digit sacks last season and ancient John Abraham may be its best rusher.
Wyche suggests things in the division could change this season. Not because the Bucs have loads of young talent on their defensive line, but because new Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan will find a way to dial up pressure on quarterbacks, Wyche said.
It’s an interesting overall premise about the division. Though Joe’s hardly all-in with it, the Bucs have been dreadful at sacking quarterbacks and teams have certainly enjoyed padding their stats against Tampa Bay since the December collapse of 2008.
The video also includes analysis of the alleged next wave of elite pass rushers in the NFL. Adrian Clayborn is not mentioned, nor any other Buccaneer.