Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
Regardless of what Wade has said, I feel much more comfortable with
DL -- Watt, Cody/Lewis, Mario
LBs -- Reed, Demeco/Sharpton, Cushing, Barwin
DBs -- Joseph, Quin, Manning, KJ/Allen/Harris
I'd prefer to see Smith used only as part of the rotation and, honestly, I'd prefer Warren if he's healthy. In passing situations, we could either drop Watt down to NT and put Smith at DE or put Mitchell at NT.
I know that's not what's being planned but that's what makes more sense to me.
In passing situations I don't think they will be in their base defense.
Passing situations you can put some freaky stuff out there. Mario, watts, reed and barwin would be a good four to send. Mix in a Cushing blitz to top it off.
Also, in regards to Mario I view him as a standing de. We are basically playing a 5-2 as a base defense. Of course you wouldn't be in that defense against a team like the colts.
But against a team like the ravens or Pittsburg it can be effective.
Initially I was worried about Mario at olb, but I heard wade describe his defense and what he wants to do and I'm not worried anymore.
Against the colts and teams that like to air it out I expect Mario to have his hand on the ground for much of the game.
But if a team wants to pound the ball it would seem that getting more bulk on the field would make that harder to do.
I don't expect Mario to be running with te's and backs. Sometimes he'll drop into a zone, but that's about it.
But yeah, in passing situations expect Mario to put his hand on the ground.
That's another reason I think Mitchell can play on the nose. He will basically have two d lineman on both sides of him in situations where a run is possible.
This won't be your typical 3-4 but I do believe it will be fun to watch.