Sack totals are an interesting statistic. Personally, I believe them to be more important in fan perception than actual team performance & result. Fans love a sack. And no doubt it's not only an exciting play but also one that has an impact upon the game's outcome.
But if we look at the list provided, by sack totals only, it would say to us that Saskatchewan is the best team in the league and I'm pretty sure that we all know that is not the case. Same with Montreal being at #4. Quite obviously Montreal is not the 4th best team in the league despite having the 4th highest sack totals.
Lots of other contradictions in correlating sacks totals & wins/success. Ie; Calgary is better than 6th. BC is better than 8th.
All that being said, I understand why fans want to see a dominant DE in The Hammer. Even if I don't agree with it, this town's identity is built upon defense & fans won't be satisfied until it's fulfilled.
Not comes the "Chicken or Egg" discussion.
In the current TiCats defensive scheme & game plan, you often see the DE's peel back into coverage. Being a DE in Coach Steinhauer's D means being able to really be an OLB. Especially on the boundary side, where Eric Norwood plays, he often drops into coverage to cover the rb coming out of the backfield into the flat. It appears that under the current system, they're looking for in the face pressure from the strong/field side of the formation.
Coach Steinhauer brings pressure from multiple spots & positions. Blitzing LBs, Safeties. Bringing more that they have to block. When you do that you gotta "get home" as the young kids and analysts like to say!
And that's where the "Chicken or Egg" discussion comes up.
If Hamilton, or Coach Steinhauer more specifically, had a real true Rush DE, would he employ pressure packages like LB blitzes & safety blitzes etc?
No doubt having a real true pass rushing DE would greatly improve Hamilton's sack totals and most likely their success in the W & L columns. But I also think that "getting home" when they do blitz would have an equal impact.
When you blitz or bring pressure using guys outside the front 4, you gotta get there.
My conclusion is that for the amount of times that the TiCats blitz, yet still rank at the bottom of the sack total list ... That's my concern!
Players gotta get home & close & make the tackle!