Originally Posted by Rey
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.
don't you understand that the reason we don't ask our guys to cover like that is b/c wade knows his lb's can't do it? Your rationale is exactly why the defense has been getting exposed...finding "niche" guys.
& Lol, cb, safety what does it matter? it's a smaller db that can't cover a big athletic TE.....you seen how well that worked out for us. You seen how many times Aaron Hernandez just ran straight over Quinn. In that regard it doesn't matter what smoke & mirrors wade tries to use to mask his personnel deficiencies, Great scheming and coaching eventually exposes it. Bringing in another LB like Mauluga that's sub par in coverage isn't going to change that regardless of "how" wade "asks" him to do or cover..he sucks in coverage period. So play him less & then we're back to square 1 above with Quinn getting TD passes caught on him by Mercedes freaking Lewis..hell, Mauluga's not even that good against the run. Like i said, coverage was a knock on him coming out and it's still a knock on him 4 years into his career.
The better way to go would be just to get a LB in here who can actually cover someone and get a fat NT in front of him to mask any of his run deficiencies and leave the safeties up top...