This is my first post, so bare with me. And thanks for reading.
In a 3-4 defense, the defensive lines are supposed to plug holes and pave ways for the linebackers, that's why they need to be good pass-rushers.
Everyone has their own opinion.
Some say it's Ahmad Brooks because of his great potential and pass rush ability. Others say Parys Haralson because he is our best pass-rusher. And what about Manny Lawson? While people say he isn't the big time pass-rusher we drafted him for, he is our best all-around outside linebacker. He is solid against the run, and pretty good at dropping back and doing pass coverage. But he doesn't get to the QB enough, but he is usually pressuring him. He just needs to learn how to finish and bring his target down.
Just want to know what you guys think.
Here's the statistical breakdown:
Haralson: 16 games(986 snaps), 45 tackles, 5 sacks, 0 forced fumbles, 2 pass deflections
Lawson: 16 games(852 snaps), 68 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 pass deflections
Brooks: 14 games(262 snaps), 21 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 pass deflections
My opinion is that it's Lawson. Agree or disagree, we can all agree that all 3 guys play an important role in the dominance of the front 7.
Thanks smileyman for providing the number of snaps each player took. It gives you a better perspective of what these guys accomplished in the actual amount of time they had. I can only imagine the level of complete dominance from Brooks had he got the same number of snaps as Haralson.