B.J. Raji is easily one of the most recognizable defensive tackles in the NFL. Despite not recording a single sack since Week 12 of the 2011 season, Raji remains rather famous due to one of the most overplayed insurance commercials on the planet. Even still, it’s getting more and more obvious that Raji is playing his last games as a member of the Green Bay Packers.
Now, the reason Raji hasn’t had a sack in over two years isn’t because of his lack of skill per-say. You see, Green Bay’s defensive coordinator is Dom Capers, who has long been the mastermind behind a fearful 3-4 defense. In this scheme, the nose tackles aren’t asked to get up the field and attack the quarterback like some.
You can also attest Raji’s low sack count to the fact that No. 90 just isn’t getting the playing time he’s used to. After playing in over 79% of the defensive snaps in 2011, the All-Pro defensive tackle has been relegated to a mere 57% of snaps so far this season. And for those of you wondering if Raji, a free-agent-to-be, is worried about his limited role then here you go:
“I don’t label myself as a two-down defensive lineman…I’m just a two-down defensive lineman for us this year.”
Reading between the lines, you can see that Raji isn’t happy about his role in Green Bay and after five years, it looks like the Packers’ defensive front will have a new look in 2014. With at least two games still left to play, let’s see if the Packers or Raji decided to tip their hand on No. 90′s NFL future.