The Arizona Cardinals made a lot of offseason moves, but the turnover on the defense was one that is still a bit puzzling.
One of the names that hasn’t been talked about much, in terms of loss to the team, is Alex Okafor, who, according to Pro Football Focus, was the third most productive pass rusher in the NFC West.
The top pass rushers in the NFC West last year pic.twitter.com/k8R62f1yYm— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 30, 2017
Pass rush productivity is the amount of pressures, hits and sacks you get per snap played in a pass rushing attempt.
Only the two Seahawks listed were better in 2016 than Okafor.
Will the small loss be felt in pass rushing situations, or will the combination of Haason Reddick and Jarvis Jones help fill that void that Okafor left?
The “Nascar” package from the Cardinals was extremely successful in 2016, while Chandler Jones, Markus Golden and Calais Campbell got all the pub, none were as productive of Okafor according to this metric.