Pass rush is the egg in the chicken and the egg dilemma. Nobody knows for sure whether it preceded the chicken. And to be frank, we all just want some fried chicken and cheesy eggs.
Pro Football Focus released their pass rushing productivity ratings for defensive ends. One particularly noteworthy and Falcons-specific finding:
Well it’s good news for Atlanta Falcons fans who desperately couldn’t afford to lose John Abraham. Reports of his decline are greatly exaggerated, with the Falcon 10th overall in the rankings after picking up 54 combined sack, hits, and hurries on 343 pass rushes.
And there you have it! Abraham came at a discount, and he's still a top pass rusher, notwithstanding a sack total that doesn't always appease the masses.
Ray Edwards didn't fare as well, ranking 63rd in pass rushing productivity. Kroy Biermann ranked 62nd. Is Abraham still thriving because Edwards is opposite him? I doubt it. First, he only rushed the passer 84 more times than Biermann. Second, a combination of Jonathan Babineux, Corey Peters, and our ball hawking cornerbacks probably deserve credit. But I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge that possibility.
Curious what y'all think. Discuss!