5. Joe Schobert, LB
Joe Schobert has won me over. Yeah, he went to the Pro Bowl last season, but I wasn’t convinced. He just seemed like a high-volume tackler on a really bad team.
Now it’s clear just how important he is to the defense as the unit’s “quarterback.”
Interim head coach Gregg Williams complimentary of how Schobert communicated and got the unit into the right places. T.J. Carrie also voiced the importance of having the starting middle linebacker back in place.
As for his play, Schobert totaled seven tackles, with two of those stops coming on a goal line stand early in the fourth. Atlanta ran three plays inside the 1, and then BOOM! Schobert!
Schobert started this game after missing the previous three contests with a hamstring injury.
Schobert entered the contest as PFF’s sixth highest graded linebacker (81.3). He’s been elite in pass coverage, with a 91.2 grade.
In seven games, Schobert has 56 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.