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Old 08-12-2014   #1
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Got this from another thread, thought it more appropriate to discuss this position in it's own thread.

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Reed is learning the position, Tuggle and Bullough ( plus he's a rookie UDFA ) may have potential, but right now are complete question marks. I certainly wouldn't be excited if they are week 1 starters.

Defensive depth chart.
I think Tuggle is solid & should be a decent back-up to Cushing. I hope we won't need him for long, because he won't be able to "replace" Cush.

At the other spot, I like Mohammed, Tarpinian, & Bullough next to Cush. Can't have stars at every position, but we need good solid play & I think these guys are capable of that. Bullough is the most intriguing, he showed some flash the other day in the bottom of the third qtr.

It would be great to see him playing with the first team by the time the season starts, but if he's not ready, he's not ready & hopefully he'll be pushing for a starting spot at the end of the year, or going into next season.
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Got this from another thread, thought it more appropriate to discuss this position in it's own thread.



I think Tuggle is solid & should be a decent back-up to Cushing. I hope we won't need him for long, because he won't be able to "replace" Cush.

At the other spot, I like Mohammed, Tarpinian, & Bullough next to Cush. Can't have stars at every position, but we need good solid play & I think these guys are capable of that. Bullough is the most intriguing, he showed some flash the other day in the bottom of the third qtr.

It would be great to see him playing with the first team by the time the season starts, but if he's not ready, he's not ready & hopefully he'll be pushing for a starting spot at the end of the year, or going into next season.
I'm very interested to see how Bullough turns out. I liked his play Sat., also. I still can't believe he went undrafted.

Of all the ILB's, I like Tarpinian the best to line up next to Cush. The guy has shown some good instincts in the run game. Not sold on coverage, though.
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I'm very interested to see how Bullough turns out. I liked his play Sat., also. I still can't believe he went undrafted.

Of all the ILB's, I like Tarpinian the best to line up next to Cush. The guy has shown some good instincts in the run game. Not sold on coverage, though.
That's his strong suite DBAR. No?
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If not in a complete rebuilding mode, we are, at least, in a transition mode with a high turnover in player personnel. We had, and we continue to have, a lot of holes to fill with a higher level of talent that fit our new schemes. It was/is flat out impossible for the organization to address all these needs in one off-season.

Within the broader context of the thread Thunderkyss broke this thread from, I had stated my opinion that our starting 22 represented a sufficiently high level of talent that maybe could give us the opportunity to challenge for a wild card slot in the playoffs, provided we stay healthy. I then stated my opinion that our weakness was the quality of our depth, but opined that our depth at ILB was "pretty good".

Within this context, I'm comfortable going into the new season with the ILB's currently on the roster.
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From what I recently heard about Cushing, I'm not feeling good about our LB corps as a whole. I think we possibly have some talent inside, but still unknown at this point.
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That's his strong suite DBAR. No?
Not that I've seen. Shooting gaps on runs is where I've seen him shine. If he can do both, WTF? The Texans should sign him for 5 years right now,
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So who's starting next to Cush?

I thought it was Tarpinian Saturday, is that right? Do you think he's got the job?
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From what I recently heard about Cushing, I'm not feeling good about our LB corps as a whole. I think we possibly have some talent inside, but still unknown at this point.
Care to elaborate? what have you heard? I heard he was a badass ...
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Care to elaborate? what have you heard? I heard he was a badass ...
From Doc.

Worried about Cushing's ability to hold up.
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Worried about Cushing's ability to hold up.
Gotcha.

We will see, but I think he will be fine. I think this will be a very good year for him.
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Gotcha.

We will see, but I think he will be fine. I think this will be a very good year for him.
I value your opinion, but I don't think so. I think the best case scenario is that he will go on IR again sometime this season.
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I value your opinion, but I don't think so. I think the best case scenario is that he will go on IR again sometime this season.
You also predicted that he would retire before the season began to be fair.
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So who's starting next to Cush?
Mike Mohamed, I believe.
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You also predicted that he would retire before the season began to be fair.
No, I predicted before the season began that he would retire. I still fear it.
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Gotcha.

We will see, but I think he will be fine. I think this will be a very good year for him.
As long as no one goes for his knees, you know he has to be fearing that at every snap.
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That's his strong suite DBAR. No?
To be honest, Tuggle has had a good preseason. I think he'll make the squad. FWIW, I've had a change of heart about the LB corps as a whole this preseason.
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I don't think it matters who starts next to Cushing. I believe that Crennel will rotate Mohamed, Tarp, Bullough, and Tuggle the same way we used to rotate D-linemen; to keep fresh legs in the middle. But if you want a name, Mohamed. But I wouldn't be surprised if Bullough climbs up the depth chart to be the first one off the bench or a starter by mid-season.
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To be honest, Tuggle has had a good preseason. I think he'll make the squad. FWIW, I've had a change of heart about the LB corps as a whole this preseason.
What I like about our LB Corp is that they're all young & hungry... who knows what kinds of players they'll turn out to be playing with guys like Cushing & Watt. Being coached by Vrabel & Crennel.

As opposed to a bunch of never weres hoping they have at least a little left in their tanks.
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I like what tuggle has done against the run. He's pretty good in that dept. bullough isn't the most athletic but he has a good feel for the LB position and a lot of times that trumps all.
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The 2nd ILB is essentially a backup in today's NFL when you have your nickel defense on the field the majority of the game. That being said, I like Bullough's playmaking ability and upside the most to pair with Cushing.
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