Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro.
Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important – the present.
Forget about yesterday. Never mind tomorrow. Let’s talk about today.
Who are the best players in the NFL right now? Who can help a team win the Super Bowl this season? Who is writing a legacy with each passing week?
Those are the questions the editors at cover32 seek to answer in this series, “Top 10 in 2014.” In the coming weeks, every position – as well as head coach, general manager and other off-field areas – will be graded, evaluated and ranked.
The series continues with a position that is the most important on the defensive side of the football – defensive end. Quarterbacks are the key to a team’s success, so offensive tackles get big money to protect them from great pass rushers. It’s the only way to slow down a vaunted offense; pressuring the QB is the key to defense in today’s NFL. That’s why defensive ends are so valuable.
To see the top-10 defensive ends in the league right now, click here.