A-Dog wrote:People seem to repeatedly overlook the fact that both Bennett and Clark are effective pass rushing from the interior of the OL.
We won a Championship with Red Bryant, Tony McDaniel, Brandon Mebane, and Chris Clemons as our first unit on mixed downs. Of those, only Clemons is much of a pass rusher.
Clemons had 4.5 sacks that year. Avril and bennet were the sack masters.
We had an additional 3T named Clinton McDonald who was essential at stopping the run but also providing additional interior pressure on key downs. He had 5.5 sacks as a part time player that is huge.
You are mis stating first string as run down (1st string)
I think you may have missed my point.
My point was that in this age of situational substitutions, a 3-down 3-technique DT is an expensive luxury rather than a necessity.
I gave an example of our championship team, where we had a mixed-down group (Bryant, McDaniel, Mebane, Clemons) that dominated against the run but lacked pass rushing ability, and we had a much different group on passing downs (Avril, Bennett, McDaniel, Clemons). This was a historically good group that won a title and dominated in the Superbowl against the most productive offense in history - without a 3-down DT.
I don't see how I misstated first string. I also mentioned McDonald in my post
Again, we can spend 8 figures per year on an aging vet like Campbell at the expense of our other free-agent needs (OL), or we can spend 10-20% of that money on a plugger like Mitchell, still have the best defense in the league, and have plenty of money left over to invest in one or two starting-caliber players at other positions.