3. Where’s The Beef Upfront?
With monsters such as Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams, and Damon Harrison, there’s no chance in the world this defensive front should be getting beat up like they’ve been.
Two weeks ago against Oakland, Latavius Murray ran up, down and sideways on this group. The Raiders heavies up front completely dominated the play.
Furthermore, any existence of an inside pass rush has disappeared. Admittedly, it’s tough to just create pressure from the inside (without an edge presence), but these guys are too good to allow Derek Carr and Blake Bortles to roam so free.
One major positive came in the form of Lorenzo Mauldin, who collected two sacks against the Jags last Sunday. If he can continue to create pressure off the edge, look for Sheldon and Mo to start to find their way up the middle.
A total of eight combined sacks in eight games from the four nasties on the defensive line, simply won’t get it done.