Re: What happened to all the Dink lovers?
posted at 5/31/2013 3:52 PM EDT
Waste of a roster spot? That's a harsh statement and completely out of line with the expectations you should have for a player.
He isn't a great player at all, but as a third option at OLB/DE, I'd take him in a second. The problem is he emblemizes the quality depth NE's defense *used to* have behind its starters. Now those players too frequently are the starters.
Early in the decade NE didn't have starters with glaring holes in their game: Chung's inability to play deep. Arrington's inability to play outside. Spike's inability to play any many coverage at all. Love et als inability to generate any real pressure.
Sure Harrison was a box guy but until his second to last season he was perfectly fine over the top. Sure Hobbs was probably better suited as a slot, but he wasn't getting roasted the way Arrington/Butler, et al did. Yeah, Johnson couldn't really man up, but it didn't matter because everyone else could. Yeah, Warren wasn't the best pass rusher, but he could get all over someone if they doubled off Washington and Seymour on the early downs.
The end result is that NE is constantly trying to switch between different packages of players for different situations, or using exchanges to mask things.
The last few seasons there are too many pawns and not enough knights.
It's trending up though ... as they finally have continuity in the secondary between two seasons, Jones looks like a step forward, they didn't stop addressing pass rush either adding Collins.
Hopefully Collins makes him a sub. Where I'd gladly see the guy finish his career.