Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cornelius Bennett Career Stats

By John Turney

In the Bills one-gap 3-4 scheme Cornelius Bennett was, for all intents and purposes, the left defensive end in that defense. Most of the time was on the left side, though in a two point stance, he was committed to a gap and that is one of the hallmarks of a one-gap 3-4. In a two-gap 3-4 defense, all three defensive linemen have responsibility for two games, one if the play comes to their side, a different one if the play is away. In that scheme the linebackers flow to the ball, in the one-gap 3-4 they they have a responsibility to maintain gap integrity.

Additionally, when the Bills went nickel or dime defense he was the left end, with his hand on the ground and rushed the passer, most of the time.

However, it was not a single look defense and they could switch things around and have the opposite OLBer Darryl Talley rush and Bennett could cover, which he did very well. A film study would have to be done to see what the percetnages were, but if reviewing a few games we'd guess that Bennett was rushing more than 50% to 60% of the time in passing situations and Talley maybe 30-40%, with other backers making up any differences.

His role changed in the early-to-mid-1990s, playing inside linebacker and then left linebacker in 4-3 defenses with his new teams.

Bennett's All-Pro resume consisted of him being a consensus All-Pro in 1988 and a Second-team All-AFC selection in 1989.

In 1990 he was First-team All-AFC and in 1991 he was a First-team All-Pro, though not a consensus selection. In 1992 he was a First-team All-Pro again. In 1993 he was a Football News All-AFC selection and in In 1994 he was a Second-team All-AFC pick.

Here are is career stats, again with the tackle numbers coming from NFL Gamebooks

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