Re: Good article about Rob Ninkovich
posted at 11/10/2012 2:30 PM EST
In response to Neal Page's comment:
I agree. He's a natural 4-3 DE while Vrabel was actually better in the 3-4. But, that doesn't mean we haven't seen be used as a guy who can drop either.
Both had some versatility. It's just that Vrabel was really effective as an OLB. I think Nink does better in the DE position. Overall, I'd rank Vrabel the better player, but Nink really has made a bunch of big plays in recent games. I was quite critical of his play earlier in the season (and if you watch the film you'll see him getting pushed out of plays a lot) but his motor just seems a lot better recently and I've changed my opinion of him as the season has gone on. He's certainly been playing at a much higher level over the past three or four games than he was playing during the first three or four.
Again, it's about the skill sets and versatility so BB can use the player without subbing him if not necessary.
No doubt, BB likes these kinds of players.
Earlier in the year I said BB should sub Nink in the 3-4 on passing downs because he wasn't showing he could be effective with it on 3 downs. Then, he just turned it up a notch and so he's done a nice job. Not sure if he was battling some nagging injuries early in the year or not.
But, Nink also has a habit of making a big play when we need it, too, usually popping balls loose, which is something he's clearly better at than what Vrabel was.
Vrabel made a bunch of big plays too. Nink is probably better at the strip as you say, but Vrabel was maybe a little more effective at getting sacks.