Originally Posted by Corrosion
We need an ILB with cover skills .... thats far from his strong suit. Honestly , Id like to see them plug a "big safety" in at ILB since they run so many three safety snaps as it is and teams dont just pass in passing situations ... That player would have to tackle well and be able to defend TE's & RB's in the passing game .... Hell , plug Quin in that role and pick up another safety to play alongside Manning on the back end.
I'm pretty sure this a formation that they already use. That's why we saw Demps & Keo on the field w/ Quin & Manning.
The knock on Ryans was he made too much for being a 2 down LB. That wouldn't change. Cushing is the LB out there on passing downs regardless of who lines up next to him. So coverage is not something Ryans nor James would be asked to do w/ a healthy Cushing in the mix. That being said, Ryans is the better player compared to James & that's why I wouldn't mind having him back IF his salary was lowered to reflect his reduced role. It's unlikely to happen, but when it was all said & done, the Texans trading Ryans & acquiring James did not make this team better as Wade & Herring foolishly tried to make us believe. Hopefully a good rookie is brought in to start immediately. Hopefully its a player who can minimize the negative impact if Cushing were to be lost again. The ILB position & its depth was exposed once Cushing was out imo.