posted at 8/27/2011 12:41 AM EDT
In Response to Cunningham
[QUOTE]I'm not sure what his injury is, but I get the feeling that BB might try to hide him on IR this year. With all the vets on the dl on 1 year deals, he may not be needed this year...but he will be needed at some point.
Posted by e4smith[/QUOTE]
The Patriots do not need to hide him
They have three tweeners
Ninkovich is a tweener as well but he looks like he was born to play the Strong side in this 4:3
We have two 3:4 & 4:3 ends... Ellis and Wright who can play end in both styles
Brace and Deaderick are the two being hidden IMO on the PUP
There the 3:4 ends that the patriots will not use this year
This 4:3 concept is ideal when the patriots start the following players
Ellis Haynesworth Fork Carter
Cunningham on the strong side
Spikes in the middle and Mayo on the weak side
With this front seven the patriots have the flexibility to give a 4:3 look but audible to a 3:4 after the pre snap reads
they would simply slide Carter out to ROLB Spikes and Mayo would assume there 3:4 roles and ellis and Haynesworth would switch to a 5 technique on the ends.
If you do not think this is plausible than look at Ryans D from the playoff game
He had Taylor his ROLB put his hand down and drop into coverage while his secondary showed a man read and switched to zone.
I know your going to say Ninkovich is a four down Strong side backer in the 4:3??? Correct?
He was an end in college and an end in New Orleans before he became there long snapper! pretty versital guy!
Also Dane Flether was an DE @ Montana who was signed as they were tinkering with there LB corps last year... He would have been a run stuffing LOLB. BUT he was switched to MLB a la Teddy Brushi because he has the ideal 3:4 MLB build.
Cunningham nursed a high ankle sprain last year and i supect his current issues are similar now. high ankle sprains are one of those gifts that keeps on giving.