Excellent write up as usual by PFF and an in depth analysis of what they did last season.
In the previous installments in this series we’ve looked at some of the league’s premier individual pass rushers, but for our sixth we’re going to run a combination and take a look at one of the league’s emerging pass-rusher partnerships.
Since the Panthers lost Julius Peppers to Chicago in the 2010 free agency period they have won only 15 games, but in spite of such a high profile loss, their defensive end pairing has gradually flourished into one of the league’s better pairings. In that first season without Peppers it was Charles Johnson who shone en route to collecting 78 total pressures and a 4-3 defensive end best 14.1 Pass Rushing Productivity rating. Though 2011 was a significant step backward for Johnson, his raise back to prominence in 2012 coincided with Greg Hardy’s continued gradual growth to give the Panthers an excellent and productive defensive end duo despite of the lack of any sort of inside presence throughout this period.
Johnson: Outside pass rush (26 total pressures, pressure every 18.9 pass rushes)
Hardy: Inside pass rush (16 total pressures, 56.3% conversion rate)
Johnson: 75 total pressures, 33.3% conversion rate
Hardy: No obvious weakness
Tyler Polumbus: 11 total pressures (one game)
Donald Penn: 11 total pressures (two games)
New York Giants: 1 Ht, 1 Hurry combined (Week 3
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