Re: will Brandon Spikes be made a
posted at 10/5/2012 10:16 AM EDT
"He reminds me of Ted Johnson. For all of Johnson's flaws, he was a very good, valuable LB. Not every LB can do everything. Having a guy as stout as him against the run is something any team would be happy to have. Yes, he's not great in coverage, but he's learning and one thing lost last week was a very nice PD he had over the middle. Granted, it was the ONLY defensive play ANYONE made over the middle, but the S are just as much to blame, if not more. I've been disappointed in Chung so far."
^ This. Spikes is Ted Johnson with better instincts, MUCH better mobility, and Johnson altogether on the very best game of his entire life.
Comparing Spikes to Chung is an insult. Contending that Brandon Spikes is "not a complete player", is likewise. Saying that Spikes is "expendable", because Dont'a Hightower "is undoubtedly 'the future'", can be classified under the same rationale fund from those calling Ras I Dowling NE's #1 stud Cornerback, because he looked stellar in that 3 TT & no other stat, single game he played as a rookie.
Spikes is everything that you look for in a MLB. I can-NOT, offer up the same for Jerod Mayo. Minus Mayo packing on bulk and exceptionally increasing his pass-coverage abilities this offseason alone, Mayo's career has been of looking good only IF everyone else is hitting on all cylinders around him, squarely on the mark. For something like playing in only 28 Games thus far in only his first 2 years and 4 game career, Spikes has 7 PDs and 2 INTs- These ARE exceptionally WELL above average numbers for a 2 year 4 game, TRUE head banging MLB this early on in his Pro career. At Fla he had 6 INTs and 4 seperate ones he ran back for Pick 6's. Altogether during Mayo's entirety of play thus far (pre Spikes and/or post-Spikes), I've seen Mayo exposed COUNTLESS times in pass coverage...over and over and over and over again. Next to him making Impact game-changing plays through massive hits (a total non-entity until some headway just this season & last year's latest games alone), Mayo's secondary fatal flaw was- and has been, his ability to cover (which imho is inexcuseable granted his smaller size and linear full-field fastness/quickness)- I can-NOT in any way, shape, OR form- Minus 1 single TD given up last week, say the same for even an instant RE: his ability thus far to remain in fluid zone and overall very tight RB/TE coverage.
Spikes IS- As complete a MLB as you can find- Jaw shattering hits, unreal LOS penetration and play-direction altering abilities, the b#lls to be A#1 in going full-force head-long into 1-2 6'6 300+lb O-Linemen (and often a FB too) in the muck; Reactive instincts that are plain-as-day obvious prior to 90% of his onfield D-play wherein he's already hedging time and time again, 1-3 steps prior to any other NE defender, towards where the play IS inevitably heading, prior to the snap and at it's immediate onset, NO Big hits over missed tackles (just hits and that guy goes down or wayyy back), game-altering plays in hits, TOs oftentimes during the most critical down and yardage and drive (fumble at the endzone, INT at the endzone last year, etc), ALL of this AND his pass-coverage ability speaks for itself in stats and through the span of his Pro career here in NE thus far (excepting unless IF your total memory ability has 4 or 5 max limit).
He's a complete MLB, AND a game-changer, AND a big play maker, AND a ferocious hitter that the guy with the football on the other side, FULLY Recognizes.
Who would you rather have than Spikes in the center of your D? Spikes...or...??? A 40 year old Ray Lewis right now? Yea, make that trade...it's a wise one. Patrick Willis? Mmm, 49'ers'll probably give him up for maybe Edelman + 1 7th Rd pick (he'd probably sign at a vet minimum too). Maybe we could go back in time and ask D!ck Butkus to travel through a wormhole in order to play the middle for NE...
Who would you like in the middle, TO-day, over Brandon Spikes? The limitations surrounding your choice is thus: Anyone breathing (pretty tough stipulations, huh?).