I don't think Nink is a better OLB.
I slightly disagree, but only if he is being used as an OLB like he was in '10, last year he was more of a 4-3 LB and clearly carries 15-20 more lbs than that position typically demands and will never be that speed/athlete guy. But as a 3-4 OLB he can still help set the edge, he is no slower than Vrabel, and will hopefully still rip the ball away from a few RB's, but also get a couple INT's. He is probably adequate at both positions and a perfect depth guy.
It's funny how everyone looks at DE and assumes they have to be pass rushers. That's essentially what Madden and fantasy football has done to our minds. Though pass rushing is great a key aspect that a lot of people over look is control an edge. This is where Nink shines. He is great in the run game and against screens.
I think stopping the run, controlling the edge, etc. are equally important to pass-rushing, although you have to get some pressure on the QB, which is where Nink is below average and Jones is being held non-stop. I am not against Nink, I just want him as a hybrid front 7 guy playing 30-40% of the snaps off the bench, with a borderline all-pro at DE here, not aelying on Nink as an 85% of the game starter.
Think about how many times in the last 5 weeks a team has gained more the 2+ yards running sweeps to Nink's edge or even how many times a team even attempted a screen on his side. It just doesn't happen. But, those are things that don't show up in stats so no one ever pays attention to them. If you want a perfect example look at Anderson. When Anderson had to start for us as DE teams ran all over him. When we played Buf notice how often we ran it right at Anderson? Anderson was giving up huge chunks on the ground and against screens. The OL had their way with him.
Agreed, I didn't shed a tear when Anderson left, although I thought it was more b/c we were switching back to a 3-4, but I prefer Nink at DE to him of course, esp at 1/3 the $.
Now Cunningham is exactly like Anderson without the pass rushing moves. Both are best used as pass rushing specialists as either 43 DE's or 34 OLB's in pass situations but I wouldn't want either as starters. Nink however, is to slow to be a 34 OLB and would suffer both trying to get to the QB and in pass protection. Nink's best role is an edge setting 43 DE
I think good O-lines and RB's will expose him in the long-run, but as I said he is adequate. I'd rather have him starting at DE than OLB but I prefer a Nink (2 down) Cunningham (1) platoon at 3-4 OLB with an absolute stud DE like Seymour or even just a solid started like Warre/B-Ham upfront to what we have now.
For the draft if you are looking at interior rushers you want a big almost NT sized guy. That's because we have smaller DE's so having larger interior guys forces the opposing O to keep 4 people inside giving you at least one 1v1 on the edge.
Agreed, we need to upgrade Love and rotate him in just 20-30% of the time as one of the league's better backup DT's
For the outside you want taller lanky guys to bat down balls but here's the trick. Jones is your pass rushing specialist you want someone who and set and control an edge on the other side first and foremost. By then you shut down the run on 3/4 of the field and force it towards one sideline.
So you are:
1. Fine with our ends being Nink/Jones for the future
2. Desiring a monster DT
3. Not interested in transitioning back to BB's bread and butter 3-4?
I was thinking Bill had finally gotten the linebackers together that rivaled the late 90's early 00's group. Now he has to find the DE's again. But you think the failed Haynesworth experiement is what he still wants and Love is/should be just a placeholder until a 340lb monster can be found?
That's where you can place Mayo or Hightower who both know how to contain. Of course you hope they can drop back into coverage too and have some pass rushing ability but their main job should be controling the edge (one reason BB loves Nink so much and let Anderson go and won't give the job to Cunningham). It's all about forcing the opposing O to tunnel 1 aspect of the game to the direction you want it to go. That's one thing the Giants have going for them in their front 4. They have 2 DE's that can both set the edge and get to the passer. It's what makes them so dangerous, because you can't run or pass on those edges.
Well we can upgrade at DE with a guy that can do both (like Okafor) but in the 25-40 range you are more likely to find juts pure-rush guys and not the all-around talent. I agree that a monster DT would make us really scary.