Can Mayo move to SILB?

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  1. BradyManny

    BradyManny Pro Bowl Player

    Whether this season or once Bruschi retires, does he have the size, instincts and ability to shed blocks? Because, if so, that would certainly make life easier going forward. There are plenty of us who love AD at SILB, but the release of Vrabel makes moving AD there a bit more difficult.

    Finding a guy to play WILB is a little bit easier. Theoretically, they are the member of the front 7 with the most freedom to operate, the guy who benefits most from the big guys absorbing blockers up front. I know, in a practical sense, that strongside v. weakside isn't always appropriate, but in a general sense, that is what we look for when talking about WILB v. SILB candidates.

    At times, Mayo struggled shedding blockers at the start of the season and I remember the Dolphins targetting him, putting the TE in motion and moving them to Mayo's side and running at him. As the season went on, Mayo got much better, to the point where he was a complete beast against the Jets and was meeting blockers and discarding them as good as any strongside ILB could do. Not to mention, he is the surest tackler I've seen in a Patriot uniform in quite some time.

    Hopefully in the offseason he has put on weight and increased his strength.

    If so, moving Mayo - arguably, our best tackler, one of our hardest working players and most committed to watching film - over to a position of greater need, a position we've found harder to fill, and perhaps a position of greater importance - might be the best move we could.
  2. sieglo

    sieglo In the Starting Line-Up

    On the other hand, BB needs to make sure he doesn't spread Mayo too thinly.
  3. mgteich

    mgteich Veteran Supporter

    I expect Thomas to move inside this year or next. I don't think the trading of Vrabel is relevant to that decision. What could be relevant is the development of Guyton.
  4. aurakilla

    aurakilla Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    our defense is just like a sandwich, without the right amount of mayo it just dosnt work.
  5. drew4008

    drew4008 In the Starting Line-Up

    I think a lot of people are forgetting about Gary Guyton and the promise he showed late last year. We should be fine at LB, barring injuries of course.
  6. TheComeback

    TheComeback 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    I think you are overanalyzing. I'm almost certain that Mayo and Bruschi switch positions with one another on a regular basis in game. Maybe I'm wrong though.

    I think Mayo will be able to do anything by the time he reaches his prime. He not only has talent, but he has a work ethic like no one else I've ever seen on this team besides Tom Brady. If he doesn't get injured, he should be a special player.
  7. mayoclinic

    mayoclinic Supporter Supporter

    Can he? Almost certainly. Should he? Almost certainly not. Mayo is the perfect WILB for the Pats and the likely defensive signal caller. I think it wouldn't be optimal to dilute his skills and retard his progression at WILB by moving him around too much. I'd rather move Thomas to SILB if necessary. That combo would be fantastic, if we could find enough depth and skill to cover OLB.
  8. PatsFanInVa

    PatsFanInVa Supporter Supporter

    In modern Hebrew the word for headlight is "silb." This is because you form the masculine plural of a noun by adding "im" to the end of a word.

    The first shipment of headlights they got were labelled Sealbeam. Obviously, the singular was a "silb."

    Carry on.

  9. satz

    satz 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    No , IN strong side he needs to engage gaurds every down, Do you want a 245 LB take on 300 LB gaurd every down.

    i think he will end up in IR.Last year he was explosive i assure you if he bulk up or engages gaurds every down he will loose speed his legs will take a pounding.

    Last year when he was shooting the gap bru was taking the gaurds to open the lanes why would want him do the dirty work and expect another LB to do his job?
  10. Ice Cold Bruschi

    Ice Cold Bruschi Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    chyeah why not?
  11. Box_O_Rocks

    Box_O_Rocks Supporter Supporter

    Yes. If he's put on another five pounds of muscle and worked on his hand use/speed he'll be ready to fill in at SILB as needed. Should he? It looks like his best position is WILB, either position requires him to engage OL, but finding someone else to handle SILB duty plays to his strengths and will make the defense more effective.
  12. cartmen

    cartmen Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    #75 Jersey

    ok I'll bite what the heck you talking about????
  13. Box_O_Rocks

    Box_O_Rocks Supporter Supporter

    Run it through a Choctaw to English translator, then just use a standard letter substitution cypher subtracting 3 places from each letter. It should make more sense once you've done that. :)
  14. JSn

    JSn Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

  15. Patjew

    Patjew Supporter Supporter

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    Looks like the SILB talk inspired him to lay down a linguistic lesson on our asses.

    Did you know that Hebrew is the only dead language to be made alive again?

    My sig. makes sense for this post.
  16. JSn

    JSn Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Do you just presume you can't score an Aleph or a Beis plus? hehe

    And dude, modern Hebrew and Ancient Hebrew... Makes my funny queeny talk seem normal in comparison to the crazy yanks around here.
  17. JoeShmoe

    JoeShmoe 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    The NFL is a passing league these days and the teams were likely to need to win against (i.e. Colts, Chargers, Miami etc) burned us last year in the passing game not the run

    Guyton is a fast cover guy and although he and Mayo blew some coverage last year they should be a lot better. Bruschi can still play in run downs if he has to

    It also helps if we get to the QB a bit quicker and dont let Manning, Rivers etc have 5 minutes to find their recievers
  18. Patjew

    Patjew Supporter Supporter

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    Not yet. Maybe when I'm more of a mensch.

    Nevertheless, it's still a useless fact. Anyway, in some ways they're not so drastically difference. The differences are mainly in the areas of grammar and vocabulary. Speakers of Modern Hebrew can easily read Ancient Hebrew. I think that the difference between olde and modern English are greater, but I may be totally off on that one.
  19. efin98

    efin98 Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    We are talking about a rooking much of the problems with blockers and the targeting have to do with him simply being a rookie making rookie mistakes and teams taking advantage?

    I don't see him changing positions this year, he is where he needs to be to be most effective for the team.
  20. DaBruinz

    DaBruinz Pats, B's, Sox Supporter

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    I was thinking about this and remembered where Mayo was lining up last year. Towards the end of the season, and Particularly in the Jets game, Mayo was lining up at the SILB position. I hadn't given it much thought, but I am sure that if people who still have the games go back and look, they'll find that Mayo was lining up at the SILB position.
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