Re: BRANDON SPIKES
posted at 7/9/2010 3:37 AM EDT
In Response to Re: BRANDON SPIKES
I mean, what I kno is coming next, sorta already feels like an out of body experience...Spikes, wow...o.k. (breathe man)- I...I, I'm in complete agreement with TP here on this one (boy, there was a second where I didn't think I was going to be able to do that)...
Anyway, Spikes and McCourty ARE studs...They ARE my 2 favorite draftees...bar none.
McCourty, IS the complete and total package in terms of his potential to become a league shutdown CB with a COMPLETE and total all-around game (stated and RE-stated by me)...AND this is whether or not IF he actually became a NE Patriot.
Spikes, on the otherhand, IS the complete and total package in terms of him being the perfect fit on NE's Defense, and in terms of Spikes being precisely what This NE Defensive Team needs.
Brandon Spikes: To those who say that this Rookie will in no rational way be a Game 1 Starter OR has the potential to be a 3-down LB...I say first, O.k...It IS tough to completely fully get the complexities of a BB led Defense in the beginning of your very first year in the Pros... YET, far more importantly in terms of Spikes=Rookie Starter, I say...who then?
Tyrone McKenzie? A 2nd year Rook who didn't even see the field, AND who's even smaller than = Choice #2-Gary Guyton? Did ANYone actually WATCH Guyton getting freakin' blown up when He was NE's 3-4 Defense's Strongside Inside Linebcker (MIKE)? Gary Guyton played mostly OLB @ Ga Tech...At just barely above 6'2 and currently @ 241-2 lbs, Dear God-@ The Combine, Guyton had something absurd, like a 40 Inch vert, and ran a deadly mid 4.4's 40 y.d.... He'll be The BEST EVER, Right? No...Ain't neither strong enough (Bench was like 20 @ 225lbs), OR smash-mouth enough in attitude, OR experienced enough @ SILB, and imo not even heavy enough to do what a SILB does...Play smash-mouth with the extra O-Lineman runnin full-bore @ the ILBs, as there are only 3 D-Lineman, SO that fantastic smaller, unbelievable @ pure form-tackling/reading plays, ETS the perfect MOST uninhibited shot at the ball-carrier. Gary Guyton=EXCELLENT @ filling in as a versatile ILB (preferably weakside in order to give Mayo a breather/EXCELLENT in all-around versatility, as he can even give the weakside OLB a breather/BUT BEST to be used as a LB on CERTAIN 3rd and Long Nickle Defense packages as a pass-defending LB...
Man...ANYone actually watch him @ StrongsideILB?
Brandon Spikes = 6'3 and 255lbs. UNreal angles and avid filmwork pertaining to opponent preparation TRUMPS 5.0 40 time...1/2 of 1 second slower than Guyton (IF ya want a comparison, Rey Maualuga ran a 4.9 40) on a straight running on a track field, doesn't mean that Gary Guyton is thus, and will of course make, a better SILB than Spikes.
Brandon Spikes=Stronger, Bigger, LOVES Playing smash-mouth and simply punishing ball-carriers, Florida Defensive Leader, Plays with trully unreal passion, Excellent skills @ shedding blocks, I believe he was top 3 (of ALL LBs) @ 3-cone drill + taken with fanatial opponent filmwork=Better angles, Better "jump" on play, and Better in small-space...
~BUT alright, That's great, Ya STILL don't believe me on Spikes. That 1/2 second slower than Gary Guyton (who was his Combines FASTEST LB in all)-Anyway this 1/2 sec trackfield 40 is REALLY buggin' ya, right?
Brandon Spikes stats (remember, He IS a MLB! when one considers things like backfield prescence/threat AND passing defense):
Here ya go:
U of Fla
47 Games Played
31.5 Tackles For Loss...again, an MLB people!
6.5 Sacks...MLB people don't get Sacks.
6 INTs (4! returned for TDs-clearly everyone on Offense was slow during those 4 INT-TD returns too).
14 Pass Break-ups...yet again, an MLB!
4 Fumble Recoveries
2 Forced Fumbles
(And yes, this does NOT include Conference/Bowl Games)
~But again, yea- Brandon Spikes IS 1/2 a second slower than the very FASTEST LB out of every LB in the 2008 NFL Draft Combine=Gary Guyton's undoubtedly the man at SILB!
ALSO, To the poster that said Spikes was overrated because you personally saw The FLA vs ALABAMA Game in which Dunlap was out or something with an Injury, AND Spikes "Really Suffered" without Dunlap on the D-Line to help...
Homeboy, Spikes was 2nd on the Team in that Game with 9 TTs (1 guy w/ 10TTs), Had 1 TFL, and 2 QB Hits...Heisman Mark Ingram rushed for only like 110 yards @ a 4.0 average (the guy who's the nation's BEST RB?) I mean, guy-Florida's #1 Offense put up 13 points in total, and din't even score at all in the second half...BUT Spikes is the reason Fla got the L?