There are so many opinions about the Jason Peter's trade. Some, like the Eagle's head coach, believe that Peters is "the best left tackle in the game." Others point to the stat that came up during his introductory press conference about the 11.5 sacks that he supposidly allowed last year.
Personally, I don't want to burst anyone's bubble but it is silly to rely on the media for balanced reporting. Buffalo wanted to get rid of Peters because it was apparent that a deal was not going to get done. It was reported that he was a lockerroom distraction and malcontent by several beat writers over the past year. He missed camps and tried everything to get out of an organization that refused to talk turkey.
That said, I believe that it is wrong to use the 11.5 sacks against Peters:
First, I beleive that the stat is not an official one kept by the NFL's beancounters. I found a thread with video clips off all the Bill's sacks involving Peters and noticed a few things:
This is the link for those interested:
-First, many of the sacks credited to Peters were not entirely his fault. The clips numbered 5 and 20 show Losman holding onto the ball for too long. Numbers 7 and 11 were mostly the QBs fault for running into the tackler after the pocket collapsed on the other side. Clip 14 was potentially his fault because he misread the DE shift but that kind of stuff happens.
Basically, there is too much room to question who's fault it was that the sack happened. I find that this stat is bogus.
Add in the fact that the Bills, as eluded to by Andy Reid, often left him on an island without much help and it is hard to hold him completely responsible. He was very effective considering how long the Bill's QBs try to hold the ball. The Eagles often moved the TE and G to support both Runyan and Thomas throughout the past season.
Finally, keep in mind that he will be a part of a very different scheme in Philly. It is hard to predict how he will do but you have to take into account how hard Juan Castillo works his guys.
Well, hope you enjoyed reading. I understand that their are some angry folks in Buffalo who want to hear justifications as to why the Bills got rid of Peters. Personally, I'm gonna need more then conjecture about the number of sacks he allowed or his alleged poor attitude.