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Peppers versus some select DE's.

Playing around in Excel, I took a few DE careers, then adjusted it to get the following table normalized for a 16-game season.

Here's what the scribble means:

Tackles mean total tackles, not solo. Interceptions, Forced Fumbles, Passes Deflected. Then I figured each one of those is a "Ball Hawk" - an interruption of some kind, a busted play by the DE. So I added 16-game INT's, FFum's, and PD's to get the "Ball Hawk" figure. So that:

INT+FFum+PD = Ball Hawk

I sorted highest to lowest on total tackles, because a tackle is involvement, getting to the ball. Peppers looks like middle-of the road top-tier until you add up the ball-hawk figure. Note that the taller DE's have more PD's and INT's. Freeney has a low PD figure, but is high on forced fumbles. A shorter guy will be closer to the running ball, a taller guy closer to the flying pass.

Just for fun I added a normalized 16-game Charles Johnson and Everette Brown's normalized numbers at Florida State. Enjoy.

By the way, Strahan set his 22.5-sack season record when he was 30. Peppers is 29 this year and turns 30 in January. Just data.

 

Per 16 Games
Careers/DE's  Gm    Tkls  Sack       Int     FFum     PD  Ball Hawk
Michael Strahan 16 67 11.1 0.32 1.9 2.9 5.1
Jason Taylor 16 62 10.9 0.63 3.6 7.8 12.0
Aaron Schobel 16 60 9.5 0.28 2.5 3.8 6.6
Jared Allen 16 60 12.1 0.21 3.4 5.9 9.5
John Abraham 16 55 12.4 0 4.6 1.8 6.4
Julius Peppers 16 53 11.0 0.62 3.9 6.4 10.9
Patrick Kearney 16 52 9.0 0.35 1.9 2.9 5.1
Simeon Rice 16 46 11.9 0.49 3.3 5.7 9.5
Javon Kearse 16 45 10.4 0.14 3.7 5.3 9.1
Dwight Freeney 16 41 12.8 0 6.4 1.8 8.2
     
     
Charles Johnson 16 33 8.0 0 1.3 9.3  
E Brown-FSU 16 48 18.7      

 

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