Pass rushers like getting sacks. They like to rush the quarterback and take them down. However, defensive coordinator apparently don’t like talking a lot about sacks. They prefer pressures and hits and disruptions, avoiding talking about individual stats.
That does not appear to be the case for Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. He speaks unabashedly about players getting sacks.
“Vance talked about always having me rush the quarterback or always going,” linebacker Chandler Jones told Kyle Odegard on the latest episode of Cardinals Flight Plan. “Another thing when I talked to him, he spoke about sacks. I told him and I looked at his face said, ‘Vance, you’re the first defensive coordinator that I’ve ever met that the first thing that you talked about was sacks.’
“Most defensive coordinators, they don’t want to talk about sacks. They think it’s a selfish stat. But he came up to me and looked at me and said, ‘We’re going to get you a lot of sacks.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, you’re speaking my language.’”
Jones is “really excited” about playing outside linebacker again, playing at a lighter weight and getting after the opposing quarterbacks.
He had a solid 2018 season with 13 sacks but the last time he played outside linebacker in 2017, he led the league in sacks, QB hits and tackles for loss, essentially being the most disruptive player behind the line of scrimmage in the entire NFL.