In 2011, new Eagles OLB Connor Barwin had 11.5 sacks for the Texans. In 2012, he had 3. The dip in production can be explained any number of different ways. For example, did the Texans ask him to play differently? Was he required to bump the TE before getting into his pass rush? Was he dropping into coverage more often?
Those are all good questions. Another thing that people might wonder is if a bunch of his 11.5 sacks in 2011 were a result of luck. Sacks, after all, can often be the result of luck. So I thought I’d take a look at Barwin’s 11.5 sacks in 2011 to see if he was earning them or not. Buckle in, because there are a lot of still shots here.
Sack #1: Week 2 vs. Miami
Here’s Barwin working against Miami’s Jake Long, who was still a very good player in 2011. Barwin gets a nice get-off at the snap:
He pushes Long back, gets him off balance, and gains separation: