we have a 3-4 defense predicated on a pass rush. and linebacker is the biggest cog in that defense---they make the wheel turn. in the scheme of things babins role as a linebacker alone makes his performance on the field worth more then some of the other defensive starters...(namely safety : see matt stevens ,marlon mccree, and eric brown should u have any doubts. all sub par safetys). furthermore, babin is not just a linebbacker in this defense but an outside linebacker to boot. if he excells at his postion the diffrence on the field will be readily noticeable. at first because of his production and then because he frees up other players once offenses start gameplanning around him.
yes, this is a team sport and one player wont do it alone ,but one dominant player sure as hell can make a diffrence. if u disagree with that talk to a falcons fan.