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.
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|