Originally posted by nvchamp9ers:
I do not understand all the hate for Manny Lawson, he is one of the best OLB's in football right now and he is THE BEST as setting the edge in football. He is just as big a reason for our toughness against the run as Willis is. Manny Lawson is a beast who OC'S have to gameplan a runblocking scheme against bc if u don't account for him he will find ur RB. Is he great as a pure passrusher? No but Manny Lawson is more than average and is a straight out stud against the run and in coverage, open ur eyes people this game is not only about sacks and pressures by forcing a team to be one dimensional(I.E not letting them run) u force their hand and allow ur defense to control the tempo of the game.
I agree - Manny is great at setting the edge, playing the run, etc. If you want to say he's "THE BEST" at it, than I won't argue that too much. I like Manny at SOLB, despite his lack of passrush.
But I don't think Manny & Parys are anywhere close to being the best overall combination of OLB's in the league (which I realize isn't what you are saying either).
I just mean that its our OLB that are preventing us from laying claim to the "best LB corp in the league" title. We need more than just two solid starters at OLB to claim that imo.