Re: Patriot Pass Rush?
posted at 8/2/2010 1:55 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Patriot Pass Rush?
[QUOTE]Sorry but putting Mckenzie @ OLB is equal to what Mangini did with Victor Hobson in 2006. He is has never specialized in edge rushing, he has not been practicing his swim and hand techniques for the past four years... I mean there is no doubt he is the blue collar bull rushing LBer we all love in this town, but that does not mean he is the next James Harrison. I certainly hope this man put 20 pounds on his 6'3" 230 pound frame he had almost 24 months to build that foundation before and after his surgery on his ACL. In a perfect world the patriots will employ a nice 4-3 that will include our strengths. Hopefully we find Mckenzie, Mayo, and Guyton manning the LB spots behind a verry big pare of DT in Wilfork and Brace... I have a feeling you'll find these three on the field 50% of the time while TBC, Spikes, Mayo & Cunningham man up there 3-4. I do not like when has evolved @ the OLB position but BB has done a great job making this team multi dimensional... It will allow us to trade for the best player available as well... god forbid a LBer goes down we will have the option to get a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 Hybrid. Rather than taking an old dog and teaching him new tricks a la Burgess.
Posted by tagandtrade[/QUOTE]
Good post, I agree
50% of Banta-Cain, Spikes, Mayo & Cunningham @ LB in a 3-4 and 50% of McKenzie, Mayo & Guyton in a 4-3 is the way to go
Looks like the Pats have a lot of D-line options, but beyond Wilfork and Warren being the big talent that can play in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 I have not been paying enough attention to know where the other guys fit in. Please inform me!
Do people expect big things from Brace this year? Can they play him next to Wilfork in a 4 man front? Pryor was solid, if he can make a sophmore jump I can see him in the middle too.
I'd like it if Ogunleye can make the team and factor in as a 4-3 DE. He seemed to have a decent season last year, 6.5 sacks, 14 games. What is the other 4-3 option? Damione Lewis?
How has Gerard Warren looked? Do we expect him to bookend the 3-4?
We have so many picks in next years draft, I'd certainly sacrifice one of them in the right deal for an OLB who can really get to the QB and take some pressure off a duo who never played a snap in Cunningham & McKenzie and a scrawny former ILB in Guyton.