Outside of the whirlwind of news the past two days, a stat that I saw on Twitter stood out to me and kind of made me laugh at myself. After the first two games of the season, I started writing something about Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell. It wasn’t good either, because to be frank, in the first two games of the season he didn’t look good.
I was writing about how Calais Campbell was starting to look old and his tenure as the Mayor of Sacksonville might be coming to a close and in the final stages of his career with the Jaguars.
Man, was that dumb.
Double team rate as a defensive tackle (x) by pass rush win rate as a defensive tackle (y).— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) October 16, 2019
This is one of the reasons I picked Aaron Donald as the non-QB MVP thus far.
(Note: had to slightly raise qualifying threshold to share this. ESPN stat, NGS data) pic.twitter.com/Qb69h8IH7x
Ever since Week 3 of the season, where Campbell absolutely obliterated the Tennessee Titans, he has been playing at an excellent level regardless of the stat sheet. He’s been effective inside and out in the pass game and has been as solid as ever against the run.
As per the graphic in the tweet, Campbell is being doubled on over half of his defensive reps, but he still has the third best win rate against those in the NFL. He’s only behind some guys like oh... Aaron Donald.
With Josh Allen seemingly finally settling in and finding his footing and Yannick Ngakoue finally looking healthy from a hamstring injury, coupled with Taven Bryan showing some signs of life, the Jaguars defensive line would seem poised to start getting back to being a nightmare to handle for opposing offensive lines.
So, Calais, I’m sorry for even thinking it.