Heading into the 2013 NFL season, the Cleveland Browns have one of the better young defensive fronts in the league. They boast the talents of Phil Taylor, Desmond Bryant, Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo, as well as up-and-coming edge rusher Jabaal Sheard.
Even though he has shown some promise since entering the league in 2011, Sheard has set a ridiculous goal from himself this upcoming season. According to Mary Kay Cabot, Browns beat writer for the Plain Dealer, the former second-round pick sees plenty of sacks in his future.
“#Browns Jabaal Sheard has lofty personal goals this season: 20 sacks, 40 solo tackles,” Cabot said via Twitter.
If that’s the case, Sheard is going to be really disappointed when the 2013 campaign comes to a close.
Throughout his two seasons in the NFL, Sheard has amassed 15.5 sacks and 110 total tackles (78 solo) while serving as the Browns’ starting defensive end. After an outstanding rookie season, the Pitt product dropped off a bit as a sophomore. Extremely inconsistent throughout 2012, Sheard is clearly a talented player still figuring out how to thrive in the league.
While 40 solo tackles is definitely doable – he did it as a rookie – 20 sacks is simply out of the question for Sheard.
Seeing as he’s managed only 15.5 sacks in 1,985 snaps over two years, it’s extremely hard to believe that he can crack the 20-sack mark in only one season. Only three players – Jared Allen, J.J. Watt and DeMarcus Ware – have surpassed 20 sacks in a season over the last 10 years, and there’s no way Sheard fits into that category.
I’m all for players setting goals for themselves and having confidence in their abilities, but at least be realistic with it.