posted at 12/30/2013 6:37 PM EST
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
In response to tcal2-'s comment:
Dink can thank him for his one gift sack he got and another tackle that ran into him.
Player A: over the last 32 games, 85 tackles, 19 sacks, 3 forced fumbles. 34 million dollars.
Player B: over the last 32 games, 149 tackles, 16 sacks, 7 forced fumbles. 5.2 million dollars.
Hint, player A is Julius Peppers. Guess who player B is?
A couple of things...honestly just a couple. One Peppers was 32 then 33 during the times you mentioned...Nink was 28 then 29. And two, I don't know if you've watched Peppers play, but that guy garners a lot of attention, he is the focus of an offense and rightfully so. That guy can change an entire defense, he draws double teams...even when he doesn't get to the QB he makes it hard for the guy to throw with his height and arm length. Chicago has been a really good defense over the years, Peppers is a big reason for that. Belichick loves the guy - a few years back he was flirting with the idea of signing him - and if he had I'd be willing to bet we would of won Super Bowl 46. That was a game in which we got no sacks, no pressure, no turnovers, and no disruption while Manning sat back in that pocket and was able to very very comfortably look over that entire field. Nink played in that game if I remember correctly...and if I remember correctly not only did he do next to nothing, but he also made a critical critical mistake. Now I like Nink, but I never ever would compare him to Peppers.
And I'd go out on a limb and say we would of beaten the jets and advanced to another Super bowl if we had Peppers on that defense while we made Sanchez look like Joe Montana. Remember that night? Sanchez was not sacked one single time in that game. Nink never got within shouting distance of him...nor did anyone else. That was as pathetic a performance I have ever seen from a playoff defense, the way they let a terrible quarterback feel totally comfortable to sit in that pocket...at home...in the cold. I had to sit there and watch Jets do back flips in the middle of our field after that game because they had a much much better defense. Peppers would of changed that outcome...Nink sure the hell didn't.