Originally Posted by Lucky
Not to turn this into a Clowney thread, but I really don't understand this comment. Crennel is from the Parcells/Belichick school that deployed Lawrence Taylor. Crennel coached on those Giant teams that had LT menacing QBs from the OLB position. What exactly would he need to change to allow Clowney to flourish in that role?
That's what RAC needs to figure out. If they take Clowney, RAC needs to figure out how to incorporate him and JJ into a defense that maximizes both of their abilities and doesn't have some inherent and easy-to-exploit weakness.
In general, you want OLBs that can cover... at least a little. If you take Clowney out of the coverage scheme, then you're basically left with a guy that you know is going to be rushing and you're probably going to be vulnerable to flares, screens, and draws.
LT and that defense was successful in the 80's. Offenses have evolved quite a bit since then and that exact defense might not work at all today.