Re: TBC might be next?
posted at 2/23/2011 10:15 AM EST
In Response to Re: TBC might be next?
[QUOTE]Russ, when did you get off of the Ninkovich train? You're now parroting the consensus line 'He's okay but he's limited'. He was their best OLB this year, is steady against the run, makes some huge sacks despite not being a regular on their 3rd down D, and had a huge game against Miami with 2 ints. Did he look 'limited athletically' when he made those WR like ints? I just don't see why people are down on this guy. I'm going to come out and say Nin will be a starter next year no matter who they bring in. I think most of you are fixating on getting a big name and forgetting that Nin played next to guys like Deadrick and Brace, who can't rush the passer. And you're projecting a rookie to start next year? OLB is a very hard position to fill for a rookie, and there is no way anyone knows if there's even a fit for NE at OLB. I'm sure 85% of the people here clamored for Kindle last year. the best thing that guy did was fall down the stairs. Put a real 3 down DE next to him and Nin will start to look like Vrabel in his prime. Tell me I'm wrong but I think he'll continue to do a great job next year. In Response to Re: TBC might be next? :
Posted by Rockdog1293000[/QUOTE]
I still like what Ninkovich does, but objectively speaking, he probably isn't a 3 down OLB here for a SB team.
He's a solid player, but he's more of a back up/spot starter/sub package player at his best.
Unless, he somehow he explodes next year, which I doubt, this is how I see it. I don't think he has another level. Not a knock, just what he will likely peak out to be.
At the very least, they need to improve the dynamics from the position (speed, athletic ability and power) in camp which will likely come through the draft.
It can be done. There are many intriguing options early in the draft and they'll need probably their best talent to come from out of it to add to this mix of Cunninngham, TBC, Nink, etc.