Re: How good is Hightower?
posted at 10/22/2013 9:33 AM EDT
In response to wozzy's comment:
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
Why did BB spend a 1st round pick for a guy to play the same spot as his 2nd round pick?
Because Spikes is a free agent next season and might think he's worth more than he is, also you can never have enough healthy linebackers as Mayo is proving right now. I think eventually Collins will slide into that weakside outside spot vacated by Mayo but for now you play your vets who at least know where they're supposed to be.
The bigger issue is the loss of Vince and Kelly, no push inside means no sacks for Jones and outside rushers, means QB's have all day to throw, this is the same defensive issues we saw with Kyle Love and Deaderick as our other starting DT's the past few years and everyone insisting our linebackers couldn't cover or do anything well... flash forward to Vince and Kelly starting and we had the best defense in the NFL.
It starts inside, we're having a defensive tackle problem, not a linebacker problem.
Agree it starts up,front and ripples back. Kelly will be back and we should be better up front, hopefully armstead can add something.
However, when Vince and Kelly were in, they were great at stopping the run, but I didn't see much penetration on a consistent basis. Hightower is directly affected because of the mayo loss like u said. Asking him to do something he just wasn't built to do. Now if we had a more consistent rush, yes, we might be able to camouflage that a bit, however, he's still operating in space. We need to use him in a different capacity. Collins is the key here but I don't see him coming on as the season progresses. Is it me or has his development been slow?
i know you talked earlier in the season about returning more to a 3 man line. Maybe when Kelly and armstead return, that is the way to go? Yes, we don't have the big nt, but forston backed up by spikes and Hightower inside seem capable.