Intresting info on Vrabel

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  1. slash83

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    Little less from Mike Vrabel -

    While the defensive schemes may have something to do with it, another contributing factor may be the bum shoulder Vrabel’s been playing with. According to a source familiar with the situation, the shoulder is bad enough that surgery could be an option after the season.

    Wonder if the injuries true and how long hes been playing through it.
  2. Mack Herron

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    It would explain his obvious subpar performance. Also means that the pass rush is not going to improve on his side.
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  4. ALP

    ALP Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    the onion strikes again?:D
  5. Box_O_Rocks

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    I guess all you wankers complaining about Vrabes need to line up for Nelson's spanking.
  6. ausbacker

    ausbacker Brady > Manning. Supporter

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    Nothing is ever clear cut, especially without internal knowledge.

    That's why emotive or alcohol fueled posting during and immediately after games is idiotic.

    After the season, especially the first 2/3's of last year Vrabel had, this season proves the short memories of some posters.
  7. PatriotNMP43

    PatriotNMP43 On the Game Day Roster

    Vrabel has to be hurt, no one goes from all pro to invisible in 8 months without good reason.
  8. BradyManny

    BradyManny Pro Bowl Player

    Does anyone know which shoulder? It could be a factor in why Vrabel is playing on a different side of the defense perhaps? I imagine he'd want the injured shoulder on the outside so its not as exposed to the offensive lineman when setting the edge and rushing the passer.

    Nelson's right about Vrabel setting the edge, he's money when it comes to that. Sure, I wish the pass rush was getting more production, but Jarvis Green is in the same boat right now. We expect sacks from both of those guys, I'm sure there's plenty of other factors involved.
  9. JSn

    JSn Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    I read a while back, and have posted thusly, that his shoulder injury was why he switched sides. I guess it's better for him to be on the field, even less effective, than not. I expect we'll seem him back next year and playing again at a higher level.
  10. RayClay

    RayClay Hall of Fame Poster

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    I would guess he might be suffering from a bad back too. He looked in awful pain at the end of 2006. Those things don't go away.

    No evidence here, just bringing up something he probably has to deal with occasionally.

    He's definitely a gamer, so there should be no doubt he's always playing up to his physical ability.
  11. BradyManny

    BradyManny Pro Bowl Player

    OK, good to know. That would help explain the dip in production in the pass rushing. Not only is he playing through an injury that can limit his moves in pass rushing, he's switched sides, something to get used to. Of course, he's still been very good against the run.
  12. slash83

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    Vrabels one of the best at setting the edge on run plays.
  13. JSn

    JSn Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Yeah, given the facts, we can't really complain at how he's doing his job. Assuming we survive the next few games and Woods keeps gaining, I think there's a chance the OLB rotation will look good when Thomas gets back into it.
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