Originally posted by Micky6:
Originally posted by nw9erfan:
Originally posted by boast:
Well...to quote Richard Dreyfuss in "Jaws"....."You got any better suggestions?"
"you're gonna need a bigger boat"... why move him to a position that he doesn't... has never played? A better suggestion would be to NOT play him at OLB. Now I'm cool with the notion of him playing a all over the place like Polamalu. In terms of putting a rangey guy at OLB to do a little of everything, Manny Lawson does that pretty well. He plays contain, he covers, he takes a lane for backside pursuit and very rarely he is asked to rush the passer, which he actually does with surprising efficiency.
Using a Safety in the passrush can cause blockers to blow an assignment. Rushing Mays as elephant matches him up against OTs, with doubles from TEs and RBs. Meaning he won't be able to use his speed to his advantage. I think there are many better ideas or 'suggestions' quite frankly.
Good post......because you backed up your opinion with actual knowledge of the game. The facts are these though.....Manny is a FA who may or may not return next season and the Niners need to find a way to take advantage of Mays' speed. Playing him "all over the place like Polamalu" is an actual suggestion. Playing Mays in the box at the line of scrimmage, as many have suggested, does not take full advantage of his strengths IMHO.
When I suggested Mays as an OLB, I was not thinking of him as a starter. I was thinking of him more as a hybrid type of player who plays on certain downs in certain situations....someone that, because of his speed, the offense has to pay attention to. With the Niners undoubtedly being more aggressive next season as far as blitzing is concerned, I thought Mays might be effective in a role where he may have a clear shot at the QB. If they choose not to blitz him, he can cover the TE or RB coming out the backfield.
By the way, I'm encouraged by your Manny figures there. Perhaps a new scheme can help him become the pass rusher we all hoped he would be when he was drafted.....providing he resigns of course....
[ Edited by nw9erfan on Jan 20, 2011 at 9:11 PM ]