Why does it seem like so many people are down on Aaron Schobel? Probably because a lot are. Why? The guy has 67 sacks in 7 seasons as a Bill. The criticisms range from him being undersized to his pass rush being inconsistent. I think Schobel's past success has hurt him because people look for him on the field more and more now. It's been a tough go for him in Buffalo because he has NEVER had a legitimate pass rusher on the other side of him. So, it's really pretty impressive he's produced as much as he has. When a player averages around 10 sacks/season in the NFL it's unlikely they are inconsistent. If by inconsistent people mean not pressuring the QB on every play then every DE in the league is "inconsistent." Would any of the Giants' DEs be as productive as they were without each other? No ... and that's non-negotiable. Imagine if Schobel didn't have pass protections geared toward stopping him... chip after chip, double after double.
Schobel has earned the respect of his coaching staff (contract extension) and his colleagues... evidenced by being voted to the Pro Bowl this year. If a DE makes the Pro Bowl with 6 sacks, you know he's not inconsistent. It means that opposing players know that Aaron Schobel is talented and a pain in the ass to contain on every play. If Chris Ellis emerges as the excellent pass rusher he is, Schobel should start reaping the benefits and shutting up the nit-pickers.
Even Chris Kelsay is consistent... he consistently can't get to the QB. I don't know why people want sacks from him and Denney anyways, they're both geared for the run. They have NO natural pass rushing ability, nor the athleticism to do so. That said, with the improvements on the line they should see more hustle sacks they had a couple of years ago as a result.
Here's to hoping Chris Ellis makes an impact on our pass rush.