Originally Posted by brasho
We failed to demonstrate ANY kind of pass rush in multiple games last season (Denver, Giants, to name a couple). We do NEED a pass rusher next to McCoy otherwise there will be no reason to double team anybody, including McCoy. Double teams are reserved for players that cause havoc... and if like in the Giants and Broncos games, our front four is causing ZERO havoc, there will be no reason to double anybody.
That's what the job of the NT is for in our defense. To take on those double teams. That was how it was in the past with Warren Sapp. Cullpepper took on the double teams while sapp and the DEs wreeked havoc. Spence, Gibson and Landri can do that.
Gholston is a versatile Lineman who can kick inside on nickel situations.
You also have to take into consideration: You invested highly in Bowers and Clayborn. Clayborn showed a lot of talent his rookie year. 7.5 sacks in a year where our dline was injured and beat down inside. He can be that 10 sack+ guy.
Bowers potential is through the roof as well. He needs to stay healthy. McCoy is already a top 3 DT in this league. He needs that push on the outside to collapse the Pocket.
EDIT: You have to consider, you're not giving these guys time to develop. Lineman take a while to put it together and not all guys come in and have 12-15 sack seasons immediately. Chris Long is a perfect example of a guy who struggled years 1 and 2 and got a lot better ever since.