Originally Posted by beerlover
Kuechly is absolutely the best cover LB I've ever seen why on earth would Wade ever take him out of the lineup, just because in the past he has never had the luxury of a player of his ability? He is smart, reads defenses, has leadership skills, even as a rookie to check down assingments & adjust on fly. He can run with any TE or RB, even most receivers underneath, waste hardly
Gotta disagree. Kuechly is a phenomenal prospect and a very good cover LB. But, at the end of the day he is still a LB. When teams put out multiple receivers in a passing situation, say 3rd and 6, would you want a DB covering a receiver or a LB? Generally you want the DB over the LB.
Originally Posted by rmartin65
Exactly! Just because DeMeco could not cover, does not mean all ILB's cant cover. The nickel has two LBs on the field. I am certain that Kuechly will be one of our 2 best LBs in coverage.
Very true. But, in a 3-4 nickle, you have the 3 down lineman, 1 rush LB, 1 ILB, 2 safeties, and 3 CBs. So, how would that look?
In order for Kuechly to play, you would need to pull off Barwin/Reed or McCain. Would you be willing to pull off a pass rusher or extra DB for a cover LB? Kinda hard to go that route in my mind.