Woodley has been very good. But he's not going to do it alone. He was in pursuit all day Sunday.
Woodley has played well true. But the article does not paint the whole picture. Part of the reason Woodley gets pressure on a higher percent of his pass rushes is PRECISELY because teams dont know if he is rushing. You KNOW Mario Williams is coming nearly every pass play, so he has to beat a tackle and perhaps backfield help EVERY TIME he rushes a passer. While Woodley takes on tackles too I have seen Woodley many time have nothing but a running back in his way to a QB
Well, I'm no statistician. Woodley's a very good pass rusher when the opponent doesn't know he's coming. But otherwise, from what I see, mediocre tackles don't have too much problem handling him. And he's nowhere near as good as Harrison was against the run.
I'm not trying to say that he's playing badly. (I've been very critical of him the past few years.) And I've focused on him at points during games, and I definitely see the effort. He's playing good, solid football (a change from year's past.) But to compare his performance to Harrison's DMVP year... is pretty funny.
Meh.... The Steelers have 13 sacks. Only the Giants and Jags are worse in the entire NFL. The Steelers pass rush is pathetically bad. As a point of reference, The Browns have 31 (2nd in the league). Woodley's percentage of generating pressure doesn't mean a thing when the entire team sucks balls at getting to the QB. Congratulations Woodley, you're the tallest dwarf....
The amazing Woodley is on pace for a whopping 32 solo tackles this season. I realize the OLB's are not meant to get the bulk of the tackles in the 3-4, but last season, Harrison had 49 in 13 games (and he was playing with a bad back).
And I didn't see New England treating LaMarr like some great pass-rushing threat. How many times did they double-team him? Not many. Maybe twice the entire game. Why didn't they double-team him more? Answer--they didn't need to.
Quite simply, Woodley is not disruptive.... and hasn't been for over a year. The Steelers could do without his salary next season.