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Ellis led NFC South DTs in playing time

February, 6, 2012

Feb 6

11:45

By Pat Yasinskas<p class="mod-content">The NFC South is a division without a dominant defensive tackle.

But I think it’s fair to say Atlanta’s Corey Peters and Jonathan Babineaux, New Orleans’ Sedrick Ellis and Tampa Bay’s Brian Price were the best the NFC South had to offer in 2011. Apparently, their coaches agreed.

According to playing-time numbers obtained by ESPN.com, Ellis led all NFC South tackles by taking part in 66.3 percent of New Orleans’ 1,061 defensive plays. That percentage ranked Ellis No. 16 in the NFL and he was the only NFC South player in the top 20.

Peters was next at 60.4 percent, which ranked No. 23 in the league. Babineaux was No. 30 at 54.1 percent. Price, who was somewhat limited by injuries and was sent home early from one game by former coach Raheem Morris, took part in 47.1 percent of Tampa Bay’s defensive plays. That tied him at No. 37 in the league with teammate Roy Miller.

Carolina rookie Terrell McClain was one spot behind them, taking part in 46 percent of his team’s defensive plays. After that, there was a big drop off among the rest of the division’s tackles and we should note that Tampa Bay’s Gerald McCoy probably would have finished in the top four or five in the NFC South if he hadn’t suffered a season-ending injury.

Let’s take a look at the percentage of playing time for the rest of the NFC South defensive tackles:

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As for Jerry, I still hate we didn't get Matthews in that draft. Now that we are using a hybrid system I'm getting sick about it.

Yeah, this season was the final chance I was giving him before I considered him a bust. It's too bad, he seemed to have all the physical attributes to be dominant.

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Well Matthews didnt fit at the time. Would love to have him now though if we are going to run a fair amount of 3-4 fronts.

You've probably heard me say this a few times already. You have to make a good player fit. Not take a weak player who already does.

Just an FYI. McCoy only played in 6 games this year and didn't play a down after week 9.

Thanks. I didn't know.

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I hope we get another DT Soilai is my dream FA.

Kane I have been saying the same thing and even clearing cap space LOL to make it possible (just saying) Peters #s look very comparable to his , we have to get help in the middle of that line if we truly want to pressure QBs- to me its #1 signing in FA

babs has gone from sacks 8 to 4 to 1 then PJ isn't close to his rookie season, add in Walker just rotational (good value from 7th rd pk)

this has to change

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Kane I have been saying the same thing and even clearing cap space LOL to make it possible (just saying) Peters #s look very comparable to his , we have to get help in the middle of that line if we truly want to pressure QBs- to me its #1 signing in FA

babs has gone from sacks 8 to 4 to 1 then PJ isn't close to his rookie season, add in Walker just rotational (good value from 7th rd pk)

this has to change

Exactly... I don't know how many times I saw the opposing QB just step up into the pocket and the pass rush would go past him.... A good push up the middle is the best pass rush you can generate.

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