Disclaimer: I'm strictly talking about Nink as a DE. Not as a LB. This is not a hate thread for Ninkovich. I think he's a good LB. He's tough and scrappy and can make plays... But he really can't line up in a 3 point stance and get constant penetration. He just can't. He frequently gets stonewalled. Badly. I frequently look for Anderson during the games (he's quickly becoming my favorite player on D). But when he's not out there, it's almost always because Nink is in his place when they go to a Nickel D. I believe it's a holdover from the 3-4. BB used to use his LBs, like Vrabel or McGinest as DEs in the Nickel; and they were a threat to drop into coverage. It's good in theory, but with Nink it really doesn't work well. He just doesn't have the quick burst, power, and moves to be an effective pass rusher out as a DE in the 3-pt-stance. I really think Anderson's lack of playing time is a huge reason why the D isn't consistent. The guy needs more reps. EDIT: Yeah, I know Nink had a sack last Sunday. I feel like someone will throw that in my face. But really, if you watch him play as a DE, he's really getting no penetration at all.