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The guys on n.e tailgate(biggest homers) even called out hightower for taking bad angles to the ball and not husting to the ball. The thing is he has talent, but he isnt being used right. He actually looked better last year when he was outside and rushing the passer on 3rd downs, he had a couple of punishing sacks. Qbs are not gonna want to be hit by him, same as James Harrison. He can play some DE in a 4-3 and some OLB in a 3-4 but he is NOT a middle linebacker in a 4-3 or a 3-4, strong or free. Put Fletcher there and let him loose on the QB please.
So then why take shots at the guy? He is molded for the mike vrabel role. Rush the passer, set the edge, drop back in the zone and get in passing lanes. Vrabel was also 270 pounds and played some emergency ILB, but didn't play it particularly well, ala Hightower.....so why are we starting threads that he is the worst or whatever other meaningless jargon has been spewed on this topic?
He is 270 freaking pounds. I think Bruschi was refering to being too heavy for the position Hightower was thrust into because one of the best ILB's in the game is on IR. This premise is as dumb as saying Ridley sux, or Nink sux, or Mayo sux, or DMC sux, or Brady sux, or BB sux. These are either statements made with an agenda to illicit reaction, or statements made of pure ignorance. In either case they are a waste of time.
get off your soapbox for a minute and look at the plays that prompted the thread . Analyze the play and explain what is going on and why the player is making this mistake.
THis article explains it in a nicer way... On the specific play I was talking about... Example 1 (pictures) in the article.
So in your judgment Hightower is " the worst pass rusher/contain LB in the league" because he got tangled up behind Vellano and couldn't stop the most dominant running QB in league history?
Sounds pretty silly doesn't it?
I guess Jones is the worst DE in the league because he dove at Cam on his 70 yard run but missed, and Nink sux too because he could only sack cam twice but missed him twice on his 70 yard run.
Sound logic on this thread. Sound logic indeed.
Why don't you remove your head from the sand and recognize this D is decimated with injuries and the 270 pound Hightower is playing out of position.