We've a reached a crossroads regarding what Bills coaches think and what the myriad of graders at Pro Football Focus have seen regarding Marcell Dareus' play in 2017.
Today, head coach Sean McDermott stated he thought Dareus played his best football of the season against the Buccaneers.
However, Dareus received a -0.7 overall PFF grade (the No. 52 grade out of 72 qualifying defensive tackles) in Week Seven, his first grade in the negatives this year. He had four total tackles (three solo, one assisted) and two run-game "stops" along with his first missed tackle since 2015.
His run-defense grade of +0.7 was tied with Kyle Williams for 22nd at the position.
Obviously, the coach's thoughts are significantly more important than grades from PFF, but the latter are still worth monitoring, especially given Dareus' limited playing time early in the season.
Regardless of what McDermott has seen on film of Dareus, there's no doubting the veteran defensive tackle has not been as effective as a pass-rusher so far this season -- and remember, his role may be different now than it had been in previous years.
Dareus failed to record a quarterback pressure (sack, hit or hurry) against Tampa Bay. To date in 2017, he has rushed the passer on 79 occasions by PFF's count and has recorded just three pressures (one sack, two hurries).
That means his pressure creation rate is currently 3.79 percent (3/79). In 2016, is pressure creation rate was 6.7 percent (13 pressures on 193 pass-rush snaps). In 2015 it was 6.6 percent. During the 2014 campaign, Dareus created a pressure on 7.8 percent of his pass-rush snaps.
(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)
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