The numbers say that Rob Ninkovich was the best DE in New England this season and the Pats need him if they're to make a run in the playoffs, right? Wrong, now while I'm happy for Ninokovich's prodcutive season, I'm tired of some people acting like I'm blind and I'm not paying attention or I'm a hater. I'm not, I'd love it if Rob Ninkovich were Jared Allen or DeMarcus Ware, but he's not. Let me say that this article is not a Rob Ninkovich bashing article, it's a setting the record straight posting for a comment in another thread (from rkarp).
No, I said clemons is a defensive play maker getting sacks, qb pressures and forced fumbles like Nink. I happen to think is very good, but not as good as Clemons. I think they are both superior to Jones
Now, any one who looks at Ninkovich's 58 tackles, 8 sacks, 5 FFs, 1 PD with 5 stuffs for 17 yards in comparrison to Chandler Jones's 44 tackles, 6 sacks, 3 FFs, 5 PDs with 4 stuffs for 15 yard would vehemently agree, right? Maybe, but here's why numbers lie. Keep in mind that Rob Ninkovich played in all 16 games or 15 1/2 games this season while Chandler played in 12 1/2 games while nursing an ankle injury, to boot, because when it comes to all around pressure Nink's lack of production truly comes in play.
In 15 1/2 games this season, Rob Ninkovich recorded 7 QB hits and 22 QB hurries while facing off against one on one a good majortiy of the time. Consequently, the rookie Jones has recorded 9 QB hits with 29 QB hurries while he probably faces double teams on a good 30% of his plays. This was probably the last time Jones saw single coverage all game this year and I'm excited to see what he'll bring in the post-season.
His ankle seems ready to go and the extra week ought to help. Also, if BB starts Trevor Scott over Ninkovich, don't act like it would effect the outcome of the game for better or worst.