The Carolina Panthers knew their defense had itself a dynamic duo off the edges coming into the 2021 campaign. Now, the rest of the league knows.
Defensive ends Haason Reddick and Brian Burns have been a two-men wrecking crew all season. Reddick, through 11 weeks, has collected an NFC-high 10.5 sacks—behind only Cleveland’s Myles Garrett (13.0) and Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt (12.5) for the league lead. And Burns’ 7.0 quarterback takedowns aren’t that far off.
Reddick and Burns are also amongst the best “defeats” artists thus far. Defeats, as measured by Football Outsiders, qualify as any of the following:
- A tackle that results in a loss of yardage, including sacks.
- Any play that results in a turnover, including tipped passes which are then intercepted.
- Any tackle or tipped pass that leads to a stop on third or fourth down.
And the pair ranks third and fourth in the stat.
Leaders in Defeats through Week 11
L.Sneed KC 25
M.Parsons DAL 24
D.Jones ATL, H.Reddick CAR 22
R.Smith CHI, T.Watt/C.Heyward PIT, B.Burns CAR 21
— Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) November 23, 2021
To cover all of our pass-rushing, backfield-disrupting bases—Reddick heads into Week 12 with 12 tackles for a loss, 16 quarterback hits and 31 total pressures. Burns has recorded 10, 13 and 33, respectively, in those categories.
Okay . . . who’s copying whose homework here?