Big Al is an epic this year - will it be a comedy or all end up in tears?
Albert, half way through his 7th year, already has double the most sacks (5) than he's ever had in an entire prior season (2.5 in 2003), and is crushing opposing offensive linemen, getting a pile of solo tackles (including picking running backs up and pounding them on their heads), and is generally being a massive disruptive force. It is looking like a pro bowl season. His first, if so.
Nevertheless, I'm very curious to see if Albert's career will ever manage to overshadow the stomp.
Checking his wikipedia entry, despite his success this year, it's all negative:
After contributing to the creaming of David Carr this weekend Albert was quoted as saying:
"We knew (David) Carr would feel the rush, because he's always worried about us. And knowing this year that we're better, we knew he might be kind of extra scared, or worried about our defense. So we wanted to get after him. He held the ball a real long time so it gave us a chance to get there. I appreciate him holding the ball so long to help us out."
Wow. Now, that's just plain old fashioned mean. But then you don't pay a defensive tackle to be nice and sound pretty for the media.
So I guess what I'm interested in is, where is Albert going? Is his performance this year the start of something, or a flash in the contract year pan? Does he have his temper more or less under control? How much did his time spent training with Chuck Smith in Atlanta have to do with his improvement, if any? Why is he managing to avoid the ankle injuries that in the past have limited his seasons? What the heck are they feeding him (hopefully nothing banned)?
It seems like there's a lot of stuff to ponder about with big Al, but I haven't seen the local papers covering these angles much. I'd go to a press conference and ask him some of these things myself if I wasn't afraid to be in the same zip code as he is.