Here's some stats from PFF to maybe add to the discussion. I've seen some posters arguing that Jackson is equal to Orakpo in pass rush ability due to accumulating roughly half the amount of sacks in half the amount of pass rushes. What about hits and hurries?
Brian Orakpo: (2011) 43 hurries, 6 QB hits, 10 sacks, 390 pass rushes
Rob Jackson: (2012) 10 hurries, 2 QB hits, 5 sacks, 225 pass rushes
So (according to PFF, I know there are differences between the different stats providers) Orakpo hurried the QB one in every 9 rushes, with Jackson hurrying the QB 1 in 22.5
A lot of so-called fans conveniently forget Orakpo came back too early from his initial pec injury and further damaged it so to say he is damaged goods and hasn't lived up to potential is premature and irresponsible, at best.
Also, folks tend to forget how impressive Orakpo has been in defending passes with his great hand-eye coordination, anticipation and quick feet. IMO, all he needs to do is get 100% healthy, bulk up maybe 5-10 pounds and get a move or two added to his arsenal and he will be just fine.
He has arguably been held by OL players more than anyone else on the team. That means (listen folks) he IS getting measurable penetration into the backfield. All he has to do is convert it more into sacks and things will amplify.
It's real simple folks. We are looking at a diamond in the rough player. He needs to get himself healthy and as time goes on, he will blossom into the player we all envisioned.
Diamond in the rough? There's nothing rough about Rak. He's a very good football player. He provides pressure and a gameplanning issue for opposing offenses. His sack numbers aren't elite, but he pressures like the elite pass rushers do.
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Orakpo's job is more than just sacks like a D Ware, when he's held (often) he pins the O lineman to a spot instead of getting diverted around the pocket, he pressures QBs into throwing too early before a play can develop, he draws enough worried attention that a CB/SS blitz can streak in untouched, his efforts allow others to disrupt plays, etc., etc.
Jackson did a good job last year but don't kid yourselves, we missed 'Rak.
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Here here, I found this thread to be extremely premature. Jackson has improvedly mightily. But let's not the cart. Rak has built a rep for his pass rush. The opposing QB and more importantly the OL and his coach game plan for him. Kerrigan's numbers as well as the entire back end showed we were missing an elite pass rusher off the edge. That was observed w/ Jackson on the field in relief.
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