Seeing as Irving even went to Instagram, while smoking a blunt Thursday night, claiming that he is quitting the NFL entirely, it's time we address what his absence would mean to the Cowboys defense.
The following graphic confirms that the defensive lineman is one of the most efficient pass rushers in the entire NFL, averaging one sack every 1.25 games over the past two seasons, trailing only Aaron Donald and Chandler Jones.
The last 2 yrs, 25-yr old David Irving avg'd 1 sack every 1.25 games, 3rd best in the NFL.— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) March 8, 2019
Only players better were Aaron Donald & Chandler Jones
1-Donald (sack per 0.95 gms)
2-Jones (1 per 1.07)
3-Irving (1 per 1.25)
4-Bosa (1 per 1.27)
5-Jordan/Campbell/Lawrence (1 per 1.28) https://t.co/9IcSnUTAlH
That's dominance the franchise can't exactly replace in the upcoming draft, considering Dallas doesn't have a first-round pick.
The undrafted product from Iowa State has faced suspensions for three consecutive seasons now, so Dallas has never been able to witness the true potential of the troubled DL. But if Irving's monstrous step forward can now be counted out entirely moving forward, we have a problem in Big D.
Suspended Cowboys’ DL David Irving said he’s quitting the NFL.https://t.co/oeTjPcB4iE— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2019
We'll always have his 2017, where he recorded seven sacks, 22 tackles, 10 quarterback hits, and six pass deflections...in just EIGHT games.
The Cowboys might manage to hold on to Pro Bowl DE DeMarcus Lawrence by the skin of their teeth, but their defense has already taken a significant hit with the loss of Irving, and so has Lawrence's effectiveness. After all, two pass rushers are always better than one.