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I'm asking this question because I think we've been primarily looking at OLB as the 'answer' to the lack of pass pressure. But in the 3-4, can't your ILB bring pressure just as well, in the right scheme and play call?
This brings me to my second question concerning one Eric Norwood. At 6-1 251 lbs, he is way too short to be a BB OLB. But he has enough size to play at ILB for us. He's not ideal, but he could play like a Bruschi role maybe and rush from the inside LB position.
The transition might be very difficult as playing from the outside and running around tackles or tight ends is a lot different than trying to penetrate inside against guards and centers, or is it? In addition he would have to learn 2 gap system and know when to drop back and when to rush the passer. Can he do this? How fluid does he look in space, can he drop back in coverage effectively?
I think I'd be more confident in a guy like Rolando McClain who has prototypical size as well as amazing athleticism and intangibles to take over SILB next to Mayo. But he's likely a top 10-15 pick. So if we can't get him, we could 'settle' for a Norwood in the late 2nd, early 3rd round area and see if he can make the conversion. Are there any other candidates for passrushers from the inside linebacker position? How about a Brandon Spikes? It looks like his stock has dropped to late 1st/early 2nd so he's an obtainable guy as well. I like the part where they describe him as good in coverage and now filled out to 255 lbs to go with a 6'3 frame.
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I'm not sold on Norwood as an SILB, although I would entertain AJ Edds from Iowa in that position. Edds has MUCH more experience and skill in coverage, and was very productive when he was called on to blitz (not often in Iowa's system).
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Micah Johnson is another SILB possibility in rounds 2-3. But he sounds more like a Ted Johnson type who is a 2 down run stuffer, rather than a more versatile guy with the athleticism to rush the QB from the inside as well.
Absolutely. I've been saying for a long time that (1) SILB is as much if not more of a priority than OLB, and (2) that interior pressure is more important than outside pressure. Almost all of our pressure in 2009 came from the outside. There was very little interior pressure, allowing the QB to step up in the pocket and avoid the pass rush. If we did nothing to improve our outside pass rush and improved our interior pressure, our defense would be vastly improved.
An SILB like Rolando McClain or Karlos Dansby could do wonders for this defense. If those options can't be achieved, I would consider some other possibilities:
1. Brandon Graham. At 6'1" 263" he's too short to really be an effective 3-4 OLB in BB's system, and I'm not sure his hips are flexible enough to play in space. But as a pressure generating SILB he has tremendous potential. He's got a non-stop motor, he's got great stack and shed technique, he would generate tremendous interior pressure, and he's terrific at playing the run. The only question is his ability to drop into coverage, but I don't think we would use him in that role. Guyton and McKenzie could substitute as coverage ILBs, much as we used Phifer and Johnson.
2. Eric Norwood. Again, at less than 6'1" he's too short to be a full time 3-4 OLB for us, but has most of Graham's assets plus a little more experience in space.
3. AJ Edds. By far the best coverage option of the 3. I'm not sure how much weight his 6'3" frame could carry (he weighed in at around 244#, I believe) or whether he could stand up to the pounding required at SILB. But he certainly is an option. He reminds me a bit of Stewart Bradley, who would also be an option if we could figure out some way to get him away from Philadelphia (which I can't).
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Micah Johnson's name is being throw around as the prototypical TED. Opinion on him or any other later round guys?
I think I'm Micah Johnson's biggest fan, on this board at least. When he is "in the zone", he reminds me of Ray Lewis in the way that he weeds through the offensive line to find the ball carrier, gets up field and can hit.
Unfortunately, when he is bad, he is very bad.
Not a big fan of his tackling skills, because (from what I've seen) he seems to want to put a big hit on the ball carrier than wrap up. Don't get me wrong, he is (often) smart enough to go low and wrap up the legs, but he gets a little anxious; like a corner jumping routes, hoping for an INT. IMO, his coverage skills were above average in college, but won't likely hold water in the NFL.
Fingers crossed that he can be learn a lot of these things and improve.
yes a ILB can be a pass rusher look at Lawrence Timmons, rey lewis, patrick willis, all very good pass rusheing ILB
and i think they all redy have that LB in guyton yes he only had 1.5 sacks but the few times they did blitz him he got pressure on the QB with he's speed
but the front 3 have to get better they need to find a replacement. for seymour, there is no way any ILB is going to beat a 350lbs G or C the front has to do there job
and IMO the blitz packages were.. will they just sucked i don't have any other word for it they just sucked. BB defense dose not blitz a lot but when they do they are the best at hideing the blitz and geting to the QB and that has not happend. the last few years but should get better with a new DC
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