I wanted to see what position each player primarily played, ie. 3 tech, 5 tech, 1 tech, or the zero.
Where do they excel, and how they will fit in our scheme. Defensive lineman stats are misleading to me, so I wanted to look for impact plays. Those stats are not recorded. How many plays did the DT penetrate, causing the QB throw and incomplete pass, or interception, or broke a double team that caused the RB to re-direct. Those are impact plays.
My results were interesting, and not what I expected.
Brockers - 42 defensive plays
Cox - 41 defensive plays
The sample size is almost identical, but Brockers does have 1 special teams play where he blocked a FG attempt.
Cox is purely a 3-tech in our base scheme and 5-tech in passing downs.
Brockers is a lot more versatile, as he played 4 different positions in that single game but is primarily a NT.
0-tech = 4
1-tech = 23
3-tech = 11
5-tech = 4
- Brockers was double teamed 20 times, while Cox was doubled 16 times.
- Brockers made 17 impact plays, while Cox had 10 impact plays
- Brockers played consistently throughout the game, while Cox significantly declined the last 6 plays
- Brockers was much more aware on diagnosing plays than Cox
- Cox overran several plays because he was too aggressive
- Brockers made 3/11 impact plays while at 3-tech
- Brockers made 13/27 impact plays while at 1-tech or 0-tech
- Cox made 6/29 impact plays while at 3-tech
- Cox made 4/11 impact plays while at 5-tech
Cox is the better pass rusher but overruns plays due to his aggressiveness too often. Not a heady player, but he gives 110% all the time even when tired. Not effective late in game. He was amazing the first 11 snaps.. so he may be a great rotational pass rusher in the beginning of his career. Don't take the word amazing lightly. He graded out A or B on 10/12 of his first snaps.
Brockers plays the same position as Ron Edwards, so I am not sure he is a 'need' for us. Cox is a rare talent that is very quick and can be an amazing pass rush specialist early in his career. I don't see him as an every down player (right now). If we are looking for a guy who can put pressure on the QB, then we go Cox, if we are looking for a dominating inside presence to stop the run, then Brockers is our man. But, clearly Brockers is the better player overall.
I would upload my excel spreadsheet, but for some reason it says "You are not permitted to upload this kind of file"