As we continue to get ready for the 2010 season, let’s play some over/under. Today’s topic: LaMarr Woodley
LaMarr Woodley is, without a doubt, one of the best pass-rushing linebackers in the NFL, and is coming off a season that saw him record a career-best 13.5 sacks (third in the league, behind only Elvis Dumervil and Jared Allen) and over 30 quarterback pressures (fourth among outside linebackers, trailing only DeMarcus Ware, Tamba Hali and James Harrison, via Pro Football Focus)
He recorded just two sacks over the Steelers first eight games of the 2009 season (one theory: he was being used more in pass coverage) and then went absolutely crazy in the second half, picking up 11.5 sacks over the final eight games of the season.
His contract situation is up in the air, mostly due to the current state of the Collective Bargaining Agreement — and he’s not happy about it — but he’s still going to be reporting to training camp on time. So that’s good.
Can we expect even more quarterbacks littering the field in 2010 at the hands of Woodley?
Working In His Favor: The Steelers defense creates plenty of opportunities for guys like Woodley to get clean looks at Quarterbacks, and at times he can be downright unblockable. Having James Harrison on the opposite side of the field demanding attention doesn’t hurt either. Also: he’s really, really good.
Working Against Him: Quite honestly, I’m not sure. Perhaps the contract situation, if still unsettled, is a distraction, but I’d think that would push him even further because he would have something to prove/play for (even if that new contract is, potentially, with another team).
He increased his sack total in 2009, can he do it again in 2010? And if so, how much?
Over/Under: 14.5 sacks for LaMarr Woodley…