Originally Posted by SneakerPro
Nick Fairley played 7.5 games last year the defense didn't miss a beat in his absence.
In his first year sliding into Corey Williams spot he was an elite pass rusher and run blocker for a very short period of time. Then he missed last three games with an injury of some kind.
Worse the following year, 2013, at stopping the run - somewhat better at pass rushing but just minor tweaks and more glaring was that his rush D regressed.
Came into camp this time last year overweight, dropped to "second-team defense" in the preseason as a punishment or something petty like that. But Fairley last year was the 2012 version of Fairley, probably the 5-10 range of interior lineman if not better than that. Peaked Week 6 v MIN and Week 7 v NO but then he had the knee injury happen in the Week 8 game and he was lost for the season.
Only 27, tons of upside but just struggling with consistency right now. But he's proven in two half-season long stretches that he can be elite, and in the season he didn't - the season people criticize him for inconsistencies - yeah, he wasn't elite but he wasn't bad. Just a bad year relative to the expectations - but just a so-so season to go along with two half-season stretches of elite play is something you take the chance on if you're the Rams for only $5 million.
Stupid of the Lions to mess around trying to motivate him anyway, he'll be fine. Now the Lions? They just let the 2010 No. 2 pick and 2011 No. 13 pick walk for nothing at 27- and 28-years-old. J.J. Redick called losing DeAndre a disaster offseason, y'all just lost two of the 10 best interior DL in the league. That's absolutely going to affect your team's chances and season outlook.
It affects everything other defensive lineman mainly ends were getting on themselves for a pass rush, because they had benefitted from the double teams opposing offensive linemen were getting on Suh/focus paid to Suh at ALL times and Fairley sometimes. and furthermore, do y'all not realize how easy it was being a part of the Lions secondary last year with Suh and Fairley literally collasping underline that, collapsing, the pocket the majority of snaps on every set of downs? I will of course take S4L's action and any one else who can't see that's betting propositions.
Now the Rams have the best four-man DL combination in the league probably: Nick Fairley - Aaron Donald - Robert Quinn - Chris Long. Brockers a starter. Buffalo's the only one who might offer them competition.Edited by JPZx - 8/11/15 at 11:38pm