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George Selvie’s Decline for Dallas

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At ABC, I broke down George Selvie’s recent play:

Breaking Down Selvie vs. Oakland

One of the reasons that Selvie hasn’t been dominant of late is that he’s not an extremely quick player, so he needs to get a good jump off of the ball. I’ve found arm length to be far more important than quickness or straight-line speed for pass-rushers, but Selvie has been too slow off of the ball at times.

That happened early in the game against the Raiders. Selvie was lined up on the right side of the line—a position from which he rarely rushes.

Selvie was the last lineman off of the ball for Dallas. You can see DeMarcus Ware two steps ahead of Selvie on the opposite side of the line.

Selvie will win more battles with his length than his quickness, but he needs to get off of the ball faster to at least put himself in a position to utilize those long arms.

Even when he gets off of the snap adequately, though, Selvie has been letting defenders get into his body.

On the Raiders’ final drive, Selvie was rushing from a stand-up position. He got off of the ball well, but didn’t use his length advantage to fend off the right tackle.

As I’ve watched Selvie this season, it seems as though he struggles when he fails to capitalize on his distinct advantage. Again, he’s not an incredibly quick player, so if Selvie doesn’t utilize his long arms, he’s not going to be effective.

However, I have a feeling Selvie will break out this week against the Bears. Chicago right tackle Jordan Mills has allowed the most pressures in the NFL by a wide margin. He’ll be matched up primarily with Selvie, so look for the defensive end to get back on track in Week 14.

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