Their are lots of traits that make a good Pass Rusher. Some say get off, others think length, others believe speed and athleticism. Maybe aggressiveness. What do you think?
When I think of great skilled Pass Rusher, Chris Doleman is the first person that comes to mind. He dominated in a era when the Offensive Tackles were 5-10 year Veterans, why is that relevant.. meaning they were very polished with great technique and knowledgeable. I watched Chris use his Hands violently with the percision of a sniper, striking with his Palm to the Offensive Lineman’s Elbow, Wrist and frustrate the best the NFL had to offer. He could line up heavy almost shoulder to shoulder on the Offensive Tackle and beat’em to the corner. He would come out his stance shaking left to right like a lightning fast weeble wobble. He would then finish going in and out, then fake outside, as the Offensive Tackle is off balance, strike the inside Shoulder of the unsuspecting Tackle, so violently that the Offensive Tackle would start falling to the side like a Redwood tree after being cut by a Lumber jack, then explode like a Scud Missle inside to hit the Quarterback, even more amazing he did this lined up tight shoulder to shoulder alignment and over and over with with this Pass Rush. In my eyes it was incredible, cause I always believed to win inside you had to get wide 4 ro 5 yards outside the Tackle. Doleman didn’t. He used deception. Chris Lined up tight to win inside using a great movement, headfakes and the inside move, with hands of mass destruction of the reeling Offensive Tackle. He was such a Pro, he once chastised a group of young players in the Lockerroom for using the word “NIGGA, this, Nigga that. Spoke up, which wasn’t popular in the “My nigga” era when the term used by alot in the 90’s culture. He had a major impact on me. He also carried a briefcase with his Playbook in it. Wow, I became obsessed getting to watch my idol everyday! I got to learn from a future NFL Hall Of Famer, I the realized, he was a better man than Pass Rusher….. more later gotta go to my Sons Basketball game…. Who was your idol, did you meet or work with him? How did he impact you life…. Dole showed me what a grown a__ NFL Man was….. I’m gone!