Hello everyone, this is basically just a copy and past from an email I sent to my dad and some friends when thinking about the Anderson signing. I thought others might appreciate it. Sorry if it's a little stream of consciousness but thats what it was meant to be when I sent it:
Just for fun I've included Merriman though I doubt he'll contribute much since he always gets hurt.
First up, last two average
So that would be 29.2 from our starting D-Line alone (not including Merriman), the Bills only had 29 last year from ALL of their players!
OK what about entire career average?
So these numbers are more depressing for everyone except Merriman. If these averages mean anything (I'm more inclined to believe the last two years than the entire career) then our starting 4 (no Merriman) would have 23 sacks, which isn't awful since some sacks come from backups, LBs, Ss and CBs. And if this was accurate than Merriman would be the 4th starter over Anderson/Kelsay and our starters would have 29.4.
Finally, what is the best case scenario:
So notes on this, I don't think Merriman will ever be this good again, 17 sacks in 12 games... that would of been 22.7 sacks! Also Mario's best season was actually last year he was averaging a sack a game before injury. So not using Merriman and assuming this totals above our starters could have 33.8, and if you prorate Mario's year last year you can increase the estimate to 35.8.
All in all I'd say our defense is looking up. We should be able to match our sack total from last year using our D-Line alone which then opens up the QBs to bigger mistakes and more INTs and allows LBs or CBs to come on blitzes and surprise the QB. AND don't forget these players should perform better when playing next to better teammates because some of them can't be double teamed anymore!
Side-note: I'd expect our round 1 pick this year to be LT, WR, CB or LB now, I think we can safely rule out DE with the Anderson signing."