The Arizona Cardinals lost Chandler Jones in the fifth game of the season and it despite herculean efforts from Haason Reddick and Dennis Gardeck, the team struggled to generate a pass rush.
Pro Football Focus ranked every teams pass rush and the Cardinals understandably plummeted in the rankings.
21. ARIZONA CARDINALS
The Cardinals got just over four games from their best pass-rusher, Chandler Jones, before he was knocked out for the remainder of the season with an elbow injury. That’s always going to hurt a team’s pass-rushing unit.
Arizona did get surprisingly efficient play from Haason Reddick off the edge, however. Reddick had 57 career pressures coming into this year, and he came out of this season nearly matching that total in 2020 alone with 55 pressures, including 12.5 NFL sacks. It was a good time for a career year, as Reddick is set to enter free agency this offseason.
Reddick did his best, and Gardeck was a terror when he got a chance, but outside of that, there was not much that went right for the team at the pass rush positions.
It will be interesting to see how they address it this offseason and what Chandler Jones looks like coming off his injury.