So Paul Kuharsky, venerable AFC South ESPN blogger, has a nice little piece up about Amobi Okoye today. I'm reading through it, skimming for the most part since I already wrote a feature about him earlier, then I come upon this gem of a quote:â†µ
He had 5.5 sacks as a rookie, but only 2.5 since. That drop-off doesn't look good, but Okoye isn't sure it's reflective of his play.â†µ
"Anyone you watch film with will say they've seen improvement from Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3," he said. "Play-wise, it's been good. Statistically the last two years, I've only had one and one-and-a-half sacks."â†µ
Look Amobi, we're all rooting for you to hit that potential, but anyone who has watched your film the last couple of years and compare it to your 2007 film is actually thinking something more along the lines of "Who switched places with the 2007 version? ND Kalu?" It's one thing to be a little cocky when you're good, but this quote reads to me like the Texans have been coddling him the last couple of years. I'm really hopeful the weight loss gets him back on track, but I'm excited he has to earn his spot on the field this season.â†µ
Some other news out of that piece: the 2009 third down pass rush line seems to remain intact, with the possibility that third round rookie Earl Mitchell takes Okoye's snaps inside.