Originally posted by TheBlueHell:
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
I really like what I'm seeing from QB Max Hall (BYU). The guy has an exceptional deep throw. Simply throws a pretty pass. As for Jerry Hughes, the guy seems to get in on every play. I've noticed they've started doubling him. I like what I see, he's having a fine game.
And the Texas game -- McCoy and Shipley, no surprises there. Both are playing well.
Other notes from earlier games: Spiller had a spectacular game; Jacoby Ford and Ricky Sapp both had great games as well. Chris Chancellor played poorly, and was blown by multiple times.
Yeah, Chancellor got toasted on that one long TD in particular.
How about my boy Deandre McDaniel, though? The kid is a playmaker in the secondary. He had 2 INTs today including a pick 6.
Spiller is just a freak of nature. Our QB actually missed him wide open down the sideline for what would have been another 60 yard TD.
Yeah, I saw that. It was a huge "Oh my goodness.." moment; can't believe they missed on that one. Both Spiller and McDaniel played outstanding today. Spiller (KR and Rec. TDs), Sapp (FF that Clemson recovered and I believe I saw him in on a sack), and McDaniel (2 INTs, 1 TD) were the stars of the game today.
Jerry Hughes also had a fantastic day against #16 BYU today. Consistently put pressure on Hall, hitting him multiple times, sacking him once and causing a fumble that TCU recovered. He did this early in the 4th -- this tells me his motor was still running late in the game. That kind of endurance is what you look for in seeking a great future NFL player.
Quick notes: While Sapp does have speed, I don't think he's what we're looking for here in a pass-rusher. He often can't hold up or disengage when locked onto by linemen and will often times either get pancaked or stonewalled. Not a 3-4 linebacker fit.
The three guys who I don't see that happening to?
#1 -- Brandon Graham. I never see him getting stonewalled. They guy virtually never gets pushed back. I constantly see push from his side. Either he gets through with a nice little move or he just overpowers his man.
#2 -- Jerry Hughes. Tackles seem to have a very difficult time getting and/or keeping their hands on him. He doesn't just have a nice size-speed combo -- He has the production to go along with it.
#3 -- Eric Norwood. (See description for #2).
Winning battles at the line of scrimmage is what the great defenses do. Going after guys like Sapp who cannot consistently beat the blocks of linemen -- a big 3-4 backer's responsibility -- will help neither our pass-rush nor our rushing defense (specifically, short yardage). Drafting someone who adds little value to our defense as a whole obviously would not make sense.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Oct 24, 2009 at 8:26 PM ]