Originally Posted by Mr teX
My thinking exactly. Its part and parcel why the patriots ate us alive...
Leave both of our sub par lb's in...put 1 of em in coverage & exploit em
take a lb out in favor of a cb...run it down our throats.
& that's just when the patriots weren't running uptempo and catching us switching out players trying to match up.
Getting Cush back alleviates some of this, but getting a guy next to him that can be good in coverage at the lb spot would be huge.
It's 1 of the reasons SF is so good on defense although Willis does come out at times on 3rd downs depending on the matchup. Otherwise, he and Bowman are on the field controlling the middle of the field every single down for SF.
Lol at the...Mauluga suggestion...coverage was a big knock on him coming out and it's still a big knock on him 3 years later.
Wrong again as usual.
We don't take out a lb in favor of a corner. We take out a lb in favor of a safety.
And we arent just throwing stuff against the wall hoping it sticks. We pick defenses based on the personnel we are facing. The only thing wade does consistently as a wrinkle is use gq in that joker position.
When offenses come out in a base or two tight formation you're going to have lb's on rb's and te's. That's inevitable. But the difference is how you ask those guys to cover.
Mauluga in a 43 means he's the only guy in the middle of the field. The safeties are playing two deep and Mauluga is asked to cover a large area ALL the time. There is Bo escaping that in the defense he played in.
Here in a 34 we don't ask our guys to do that too often.
That's why you find guys with talent and ask then to do things they are capable of and not having then do things they suck at.
If you can find another Cushing or a player close to Cushing, great. But we are talking about someone that would ideally be a two down player. Someone whose most important job is stopping the run. Will there be matchups that's not good for him? Sure. That's when you play him less.
And bowman and Willis are both all pro's and are super athletic. If you can find a guy like bowman, great. I'm all for that. We should definitely look for a good lb with athleticism in the draft.
But in the meantime it wouldn't be a bad idea to sign a good player that can successfully fill a niche on the team.