Shane Falco wrote:Those might have been Mathews final numbers against us, and really that means we did our job but I thought he was a pain in the ass all day long in that game and we were constantly having to account for him. Being constantly disruptive even if the results aren't a tackle or a sack only helps the entire team and makes extra attention needed to be paid on one player.
And I feel the same way about Clemons. He's always disruptive, even if he isn't getting sacks. Same with Brandon Mebane from a middle DT position.
Disruption is the key. Cortez used to take 3 guy on himself. Mike Sinclair and Mike McCrary looked very good because of it.
I just think that Matthews isn't a guy who is supposedly getting sacks each game. He's not. He's got 31 tackles and 9 sacks. Really good numbers for an OLB/DE, but he has his ups and downs and isn't consistently getting 1 or 2 sacks a game. He typically is only getting on average about what? 4 tackles a game? That's good from his position, but he isn't an ILB collecting 150 tackles a year.
Defensive ends need to be judged differently, and I think if we're going to make that concession for superstar Fabio Matthews, then we should do the same for Chris Clemons, who has just about the same production and can take over games as well. Clemons works had every play too. He just doesn't have a bunch of commercial deals and such. As the saying goes... if he were playing in New York he'd be on a cereal box. I once remember I believe it was some New York mediot who I dislike, but actually agreed with say, "If Edgar Martinez played for the Yankees he'd have 2 cereals and 3 candy bars named after him." How right he was....