Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Who played the most on defense in 2011?
By Paul Kuharsky
Who played the most on defense in the AFC South in 2011?
Here’s a rundown, with percentage of defensive snaps played:
DE – Jeremy Mincey, Jaguars, 93.5
DE – J.J. Watt, Texans, 77.37
DT – Tyson Alualu, Jaguars, 83.74
DT – Jurrell Casey, Titans, 58.24
MLB – Paul Posluszny, Jaguars, 95.57
ILB – Brian Cushing, Texans, 93.32
OLB – Connor Barwin, Texans, 94.92
OLB – Pat Angerer, Colts, 93.11
FS – Michael Griffin, Titans, 99.91
SS – Dawan Landry, Jaguars, 99.61
CB – Cortland Finnegan, Titans, 100
CB – Johnathan Joseph, Texans, 89.13
Posluszny resents that he was labeled as injury prone as he left Buffalo as a free agent. He did get hurt, but the shoulder problem that needed surgery didn’t occur until the Jaguars’ finale.
Griffin missed one snap of the 1,123 defensive snaps the Titans played. Like Finnegan, the lone defender in the division not to miss a single play, he’s heading for unrestricted free agency.
Landry missed just four of 1,015 snaps for Jacksonville. Houston’s Glover Quin was close at 98.7 percent.
Mincey is a great effort player, who is heading for free agency. He could probably benefit from at least a little bit less playing time, with more energy to offer on pass-rush snaps.
Alualu played the fourth-highest percentage of snaps for a defensive tackle for anyone in the league. That’s a lot considering he was working with a bum right knee.