Now before anyone jumps on me, my answer is yes. However I wanted to start a little discusssion amongst my Redskins fans to discuss the possibility otherwise. We all cannot deny that he is a gifted athlete and cannot be considered any lower than a very good player, but he is not putting up the stats that we would all like to see.
Last year he had 11 sacks in his rookie season, when Albert was able to create some pressure along the line, and overall our defense line, unlike this year, did not have more more holes in it than swiss cheese and have the collective strength and push of a 12 year old girl. Now that the line is not doing anything Orakpo does not seem to be getting in there as much.
This moves us into another issue, it would seem that every offensive lineman that takes on Orakpo is mesmerized by his winning personality and charm and can't stop the urge to bear hug and hold onto him until the whistle blows and they are snapped out of their hypnosis. He has drawn atleast 6 holding penalties this season and been held countless more times that have not been called. Because of this he has 5 sacks on the year, which would put him on track for about 13 sacks for the season.
Poll and more of my rambling after the jump.When Haslett came out and told us Orakpo was going to be rushing the quarterback three times as much as he did last year, I started dreaming of the multitude of sacks he would achieve, and trust me, I was thinking of just two. Now we all claim that Orakpo is getting held and that is the reason he is not getting the stats, but I have to wonder, does he get held more than other pass rushers? I would like to think so but, does he really get held more than Ware, Freeny, Allen? Probably not, and yet these guys still get around that obstacle to make plays. And as everyone who has ever played madden has heard a thousand times "Well, there's is holding on every play...blablabla"
Maybe it is just because he is in his second year and still needs to learn to fight off opposing linemans hands. I remember some defensive lineman this year (I believe it was Adam Carrikar) making the comment that you do get held all the time and that there basically is a choice, you fight through it, or you take the risk that you are not going to make it into the play so you start flailing and acting to show you are being held. He said that in deciding to do some acting, you are taking yourself out of the play. Orakpo doesn't seem to be the kind of guy to me that will do any sort of acting to get a call.
Anyway, at the end of the day, I still think he is a beast, but being the engineer that I am I do end up thinking about all sides of things and the possibility, however tiny and remote, that Orakpo is not the one of the greatest pass rushers football has ever seen.