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Aaron Maybin, premier pass rusher?

12/1/2011

Some pass rushers prefer the three-point stance. Some like to stand up. Aaron Maybin has his own way of doing it: He goes with the sprinter's stance, which makes sense for a pass rusher that relies on speed.

"I do see myself as a sprinter in this defense, especially how they have me playing," Maybin said. "My responsibility a lot of times is to get in that track stance and try to get off the football as best I can, and try to create some kind of havoc."

For the most part, Maybin has been successful. He recorded two sacks last week against the his old team, the Bills, increasing his total to a team-high five sacks. It's a career high, of course, because he had exactly zero sacks in two seasons with the Bills, who drafted him 11th overall in 2009.

Based on his production, Maybin deserves more playing time. He has five sacks despite having played only 110 defensive snaps, the best pass-rushing ratio in the league for players with at least five sacks, according to the web site Pro Football Focus.

Maybin seemed a bit surprised when that stat was relayed to him. He said it feels like he's "cheating the system" because he believes he's benefitting from tight pass coverage on the back end, forcing quarterbacks to hold the ball.

On Sunday, Maybin should have plenty of chances to get after Redskins QB Rex Grossman. It's kind of a homecoming for Maybin, who grew up near Baltimore idolizing former Redskins LB Lavar Arrington, who played with them from 2000 to 2005. Maybin called Arrington "my big brother/friend/mentor." He met Arrington as a seventh grader, attending a Ray Lewis charity event.

"I was a cocky little kid," Maybin recalled. "I went up to him and said, 'I'm going to take your job in a few years.' He was laughing. He was like, 'Okay, get out of here.' It was funny because we ended up keeping in touch."

Maybin said he wasn't disappointed that he didn't get drafted by the Redskins. They were looking for a pass rusher, but Maybin was selected 11th. The Redskins took OLB Brian Orakpo with the 13th pick. Truth be told, the Redskins had eliminated Maybin from consideration because he rubbed them the wrong way in a pre-draft interview, a source said.

"That would've been crazy, trying to live up to those expectations," he said. "I can't say I'm too disappointed."