Originally posted by Young2Rice:
Originally posted by OregonDuckNiner:
Originally posted by SofaKing:
I'm confused. Since when was Parys Haralson this impact pass rusher that would have solved our pass rushing woes late last season when Aldon and Justin got hurt? HE'S NOT. That's why we drafted Lemonier, and you can actually see his pass rush ability pop off your TV screen. No way is Parys a better situational pass rusher than Corey, and no way is he a better ST player than Skuta. Parys was an extra body with no clear role. That's why he was traded.
Yeah I'm really confused with all this hysteria caused by the loss of a backup LB. Everyone's been all over Lemonade's D for the past 2 months since we drafted him, then all the sudden the backup who'd be blocking him in the depth chart is traded (who hasn't even played for over a year) and everyone is freaking out? I don't get it.
Simple. Last year we lacked OLB depth and our pass rush suffered. This year we had a stable of them, and now one is gone. So we are relying on a rookie and Skuta to provide the depth. Yes, Lemonaire looks great, but he is still a rookie. I think he'll be great, but is he ready to start if Aldon or Brooks goes down? Is Skuta? We know Haralson was.
Its the offseason, time to freak out!!!!!
Fair. But what personnel decision has Baalke made that hasn't turned out to be a stroke of genius? Re-signing Carlos Rogers? Sure, but he was a steal his first year. Drafting Jenkins? Yes, that's about it. I really don't want to sit here and list out all the good moves he's made.
Combine everyone's boner for Lemonade with Baalke's track record, and I don't think there should be a problem with depth, considering we have 2 pro bowl caliber OLB's at the moment. Any backup would unlikely get any PT regardless, so might as well have Lemonade get the snaps when they are available. And if losing a backup OLB means a better chance at re-signing Crabs, Iupati and Kaep, that's the end of discussion.