Fear or Be Feared: NFC East Pass Rushers

Total Pressure Per Rush NFC East 2010

The first thing that stands out is that Trent Cole has surpassed DeMarcus Ware as the best pass rusher in the division. Last year Ware led the pack as the only player with more than 13 percent. This time he hasn’t fallen off much, but Cole has improved by almost five percentage points.

Meanwhile, the second-best rusher last year was Anthony Spenser of the Cowboys, who has droppd down to 11th this season. That could explain why Dallas’s pass rush isn’t nearly as fearsome as everyone thought it would be during the offseaon.

Who has stepped up to take Spencer’s place as best young rusher? Why, Eagles rookie Brandon Graham, who despite only amassing three sacks, is third best in the division in total pressures. He’s followed close behind by the guy who shares his snaps, Juqua Parker, and another Eagles back-up, Darryl Tapp. None of these players have been flashy, but they’re making an impact even when you’re not noticing them…