Robert Mathis: One of the Most Underrated Pass-Rushers In the NFL
I have always been a fan of Robert Mathis. It’s not because he has the same birthday as me (February 26), it’s just that I like how he plays. He is just a fun player to watch when he is on the field.
Countless times, you see sacks every Sunday coming from no other then this fool right here. It also makes the Colts look more dangerous alongside with Dwight Freeney on the other side of where Mathis stands.
Let’s break it down, of Robert Mathis.
Robert Mathis looked like one of those players that might just play and be a second-string or third-string player for the rest of his career, by being drafted in the fifth round as the 138th selection of the 2003 NFL Draft.
It turned it wasn’t the case if you have seen his career, and his skills. In his first year as a Colt, he really didn’t produce that much for Indy, but hey, it was pretty good for a guy of where he was selected in the NFL Draft. I mean come on, seriously.
He had 20 tackles as well as producing about four sacks in 2003. He played all 16 games that year and many people were expecting a powerful pass-rush specialist out of him.
It turned out the experts were right as Mathis entered his second year making a name for himself. He had 36 tackles and had about eleven sacks, which was truly amazing due to the fact he only started one game and played as a special-teamer.
That’s when in 2005, Mathis started to become a star. He had 54 tackles and about twelve sacks. It was truly an amazing thing to see. But still, Mathis wasn’t a star in the NFL, only with one team.
People still didn’t know who Mathis was or what his abilities were. Probably the only thing people may have saw popular from him on the news was in the 2005 season when he became one of the highest-paid defensive ends in the league, signing a five-year $30M contract.
That’s when in 2006, Robert Mathis fully became an actual starter and becoming one of the faces of the Indy’s defense, as well as one of the faces in the NFL.
It was probably his best year overall, recording 65 tackles and about ten sacks. The year also came off with a Super Bowl ring when Indianapolis beat the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, 29-17. Mathis took his part in that game, showing tackles and torturing Rex Grossman as well.
2007 was a little of a dissappointment to many Colts and NFL fans from around the world as Mathis only produced 32 tackles and seven sacks. It wasn’t a good year for Indy either as they lost to the San Diego Chargers, 28-24, in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs that year.
Although the stats weren’t what you’d expect out of Mathis in 2007, you can’t blame him for all of it. Injuries took a big part as he missed some of the season. Number 98 look to prove he was still a dominant pass-rusher as 2008 drew near.
During the the 2008-09 season, Mathis earned his his first Pro Bowl invite, which was truly suprising due to the fact of all the sacks he had in his previous years. He had 48 tackles for about twelve sacks that year, going to his first Pro Bowl, alongside with Dwight Freeney.
Now, here we come into the 2009-10 season. Can Robert Mathis still provide some good stats for the Colts? Well, of course. If he can produce ten sacks or more while being a backup he can surely be much more impressive coming into the new year of football.
So you are still wondering why that I put the title of Mathis being “underrated” as a pass-rusher. Well, come on, nobody talks about him a lot. With Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeney, and Gary Brackett on the roster, Mathis is behind in the shadows as people pay much more attention to those three players much more than the player who brings the most effort to his defense.
Mathis is one of the fastest and most athletic defensive ends we have ever seen. Even with his small size at 6’2″ and 245 pounds, he is still able to get past players who weight over 50 pounds more than him. Heck, we can Mathis play linebacker if we wanted to because he is capable of doing so.
Mathis is also in the Top Five in the most sacks produced in over a five-year span. And yet, he’s still very underrated. Many of you have to agree with Mathis being underrated.
But despite being underrated, he still keeps making everyone happy in Lucas Oil Stadium. All he has to do is sack the quarterback, and that’s what he’s been doing his entire career.
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