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Old 08-30-2012   #61
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I don't think he's going to get as many snaps as Reed got last year. Not totally sure if he has enough moves/power (I know the speed is pretty much there) to get 6 sacks in a much more limited role.
he's gonna get a ton of looks in that speed/edge rusher role. We will be playing with lots of leads and when we don't have one we won't be blown out much.

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I know one thing, that cat has got to learn to seal the edge of the damn line. As out outside guy, that is rule #1. He may be fast when getting after the QB in open space, but he's a liability in run defense. This is just my opinion of him from what I've seen in preseason. I don't follow college ball, so I don't know what skills he's supposed to be bringing to the table other than what I've read on here....which is basically "pass rush specialist". What's going to stop teams from checking to a run play when he's in the game? Yes....I'm that concerned.
Hell, in Jr High the Coaches drone on and on about setting the edge. Right now he's a liability in conventional down and distance snaps.
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I really don't think he's going to be on the field enough for us to worry about his run defense. I think you are talking about exclusively on 3rd and longs and possibly only when Barwin or Reed needs a blow. One good thing though is he's probably not going to be gameplanned for and I think he has enough talent to get more than 1 or 2 sacks.
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Just for giggles, if I put the over/under on the number of sacks you guys think Merci will get this season at 6 (not counting playoffs), what would you take?

I'd probably take the under.
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Just for giggles, if I put the over/under on the number of sacks you guys think Merci will get this season at 6 (not counting playoffs), what would you take?

I'd probably take the under.
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I'll take the over.

But like CJeremy said, he's got to learn how to keep contain. Sometimes he flares out too wide and sometimes he runs down the line looking to help on the run and doesn't realize he's just been faked. And sometimes, he just gets blocked.

He looks like a damned rookie.
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I'll take the over.

But like CJeremy said, he's got to learn how to keep contain. Sometimes he flares out too wide and sometimes he runs down the line looking to help on the run and doesn't realize he's just been faked. And sometimes, he just gets blocked.

He looks like a damned rookie.

I think a lot of that has to do with recognition. Once he starts to learn what to look for & become more of a football player instead of just a DE all that will change. Right now, he's probably just doing what he's told. So if the play called is for him to get upfield & in the QBs face, that's what he does. He doesn't know that the offense called a run to his side or what not.

After a few games, some film study, he'll be able to make those adjustments on the fly.
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Wade said he doesn't game plan for extra stuffs.
He just want to see the guys working their own gaps.

I think TNP over-analyzed Mercilus' responsibility in the run game.
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The guy behind us last night was KILLING Mercilus. I mean, raking him over the coals, beating a dead horse, KILLING him. I was kind of embarrassed.... I mean you showed up to root FOR these guys, right?

3.5 sacks in 4 games is it? As a limited time rusher? Yeah. What the hell are people expecting?

But then again, I'm sitting around a bunch of people that yelled, "eat a steak!" after every 3-yard run Foster had. Like it's completely uncommon for a RB to gain 3 yards on a play. Jesus, you would think there's literally a door open behind the endzone that leads directly to the hall of fame and anybody that doesn't run through it on every single play is practically worthless.
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The guy behind us last night was KILLING Mercilus. I mean, raking him over the coals, beating a dead horse, KILLING him. I was kind of embarrassed.... I mean you showed up to root FOR these guys, right?

3.5 sacks in 4 games is it? As a limited time rusher? Yeah. What the hell are people expecting?

But then again, I'm sitting around a bunch of people that yelled, "eat a steak!" after every 3-yard run Foster had. Like it's completely uncommon for a RB to gain 3 yards on a play. Jesus, you would think there's literally a door open behind the endzone that leads directly to the hall of fame and anybody that doesn't run through it on every single play is practically worthless.
I hate sitting around idiots like that. They can ruin a gameday experience. I had some guy behind me last year that had to comment on every single f'ing play, always negative.
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I hate sitting around idiots like that. They can ruin a gameday experience. I had some guy behind me last year that had to comment on every single f'ing play, always negative.
That sucks but you can't let it get to you. The one time I had an uppity "fan" talking trash about the home team I just got really drunk and I don't remember what happened but we were high fiving at the end so it must've been good.
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hopefully this is his breakout game

He has got a sack and tipped the ball that got intercepted
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everyone is playing out there mind today...if they play like this in playoffs i see a superbowl comig nto houston
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He has got a sack and tipped the ball that got intercepted
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I'm so glad Wade is finally implementing the 3 man OLB rotation. Mercilus has been a beast today and he's still making some saving tackles on special teams.
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Rick Smith is something else. I'm really glad McNair was patient with this guy. He's drafting studs and if they are not studs they are at least solid players more often than not.

Mercilus still has a ways to go, but initial impressions of him AND Crick are pretty good IMO.
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Whitney was a stud TODAY!!!
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I didnt even notice, was that why WM was playing more?
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I didnt even notice, was that why WM was playing more?
No. Mericilus played a lot early on as part of a rotation at OLB but not so much in the 2nd half until it was garbage time. When Brooks was playing MLB (which I think was only one series), we basically went into nickel with Watt on one end and Barwin on the other.
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