Originally posted by nickbradley:
Originally posted by FunkNinerFlex:
We'll be great on 1st and 2nd down, but get shredded on 3rd downs. With possibly McKillop tying up blockers on the inside for Willis to make the tackles next year, I'll take the 2nd best pass rusher available over the top ILB available.
Why do you think that? If we're better on 1st and 2nd down, we'll have more managable 3rd downs (more 3rd and 7s than 3rd and 3s).
On third down, McClain and Willis can cover better than a 3-4 OLB...that means a tall, awkward 3-4 OLB pass rusher will come out of the game instead of our ILB.
What's the issue?
The issue is getting to the QB when it's 3rd down. I've seen too many times where an opposing QB sits in the pocket for 5 seconds and completes a pass for first down because there is no outside pressure. You can cover a teams WRs or RBs for only so long before the QB will finally hit the open man. We need outside pass rushers.
Think of the Baltimore Ravens SB 4-3 defense. They would kill you on 1st and 2nd down, then on 3rd down Peter Boulware would switch to DE from his LOLB spot and pressure the QB into a bad throw, force him into Sam Adams, or get a sack.
Also, since we do play a 3-4, most of the time the NT (Franklin) will come out and one the DEs will go inside while one of the OLBs will rush the passer from the outside. I really don't think Haralson and Lawson are the answer. Bill Parcells said it best, if you run a 3-4 defense, you better have a dominant OLB first, then a NT.