Well, it's really about the paycheck. For the amount of money he is making now, it is expected for him to dominate. He was a bit lackluster out of the gate, as compared to a 2nd year rookie in Von Miller. People were not throwing him under the bus - analysts and some fans simply said they feel he needed to step it up a notch for a DE making some 43+ million in a new deal.
He did step it up against the Chuggers. And that is the level at which he should always be playing. Props to the guy, but he needs to earn that huge paycheck.