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Old 03-04-2013   #22
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Default Re: Franchise deadline almost here

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Originally Posted by tru80texan View Post
Seems you are quick to judge on Mercilus & Barwin. I can't say what either one are completely capable of, but I do know Barwin has registered double digit sacks & registered 4.5, which was half the total of the gentle giants sack total that season, in very limited action as a rookie. Barwin had a down year & didn't earn a big pay day by his own doing, but he has shown potential & has already accomplished double digit sacks which you stated he wasn't capable of...obviously that was wrong.
I don't see how one could be happy with Barwin & not happy with Mario. Even before the $100M pay day. If Mario had a season like Barwin had in 2012, it would be straight for the chopping block.

I don't think Barwin is a double digit sack guy. I think Wade's system got Barwin double digit sacks. Had he been a true double digit guy, I believe he would have been approaching 1 sack per game kind of numbers; partially due to natural ability, partially due to the system. You take a 5-6 sack/year guy & put him at WOLB he should get you about 11 sacks (& all the pressures & hurries that go along with them). You take a 10 sack guy in Wade's system at WOLB, you should have a 16+ sack season. To get 11 & then follow it up with 4-5.... when he was healthy all year, he's not the pass rusher we need. But you're right, it's only been 4 years. He's got great potential.

I'd like to see him on the strong side & get me those 5-6 sacks from there. With Watt, Antonio, and a true menace on the weakside, maybe we'll get 8 sacks from him.


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Mercilus has only had his rookie season & it would've been an uphill battle for him to supplant Reed or Barwin. When he did get in he had some success. I thinks it's a bit premature to assume he isn't capable of holding down an OLB position as starter based on part time duty as a rookie. He's a 2nd yr player now & young players have proven they can produce early in their careers. I'm not quite ready to cast Mercilus off after one season. A rookie could be brought in to start opposite of Mercilus or next to Cushing. I honestly believe LB could be the 1st pick & will possibly be the best available if he is capable of starting at olb or ILB.
I'm not assuming Mercilus can't be the guy we need at WOLB. I just don't want to put all our eggs in that one basket. I'd start him at WOLB, then I'd get a pass rushing specialist to back him up, could be Braman, could be a 4th or later pick, could be an UDFA, could be a street FA.
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