Re: I think Jerod Mayo is better than Ray Lewis
posted at 12/18/2011 12:51 PM EST
In Response to Re: I think Jerod Mayo is better than Ray Lewis
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: I think Jerod Mayo is better than Ray Lewis : He does have the ability to shoot a gap because he is a very explosive athlete, but those plays require timing and instinct - I haven't seen that out of him since he's been here. I also think they don't put him in a pass rush type of roll (despite that we could use help), because he's not a pass rusher. His arms aren't very long (at least compared to a pass rusher) and although he's got rare quickness and explosiveness, he doesn't look flexible enough to bend around a corner and drag QB's down. I always think of him as a versatile guy that makes plays when they are in front of him, is big enough to play along the line, and although is not great in coverage - won't hurt you there. I wish we had him in 07, that defense was really missing a guy like this - we would of won the whole thing with him there.
Posted by mthurl[/QUOTE]
Nah... We might
have won the whole thing If we had Andre Carter taking the spot of Adalius Thomas at Weak Outside Linebacker... We might
have won the whole thing If we had James Sanders & Brandon Meriweather backing up the play of Devin McCourty + Kyle Arrington + Nate Jones/Antwaun Molden/Ras I Dowling (an healthy one, that is), As Opposed To: Ellis Hobbs, Terrence Wheatley, and Jonathin Wilhite/Lewis Sanders/Fernando Bryant. We even might
have won the whole thing If we didn't have Junior Seau playing for the team after just turning either 40, or a youthful 39 years old, And instead had a 23 year old healthy Brandon Spikes... But even an old Tedy Bruschi verses having a Jerod Mayo in his prime...Nah, probably not.mthurl
... I guess that's my issue with what I believe that I personally see as the biggest thing lacking from Jerod Mayo's play... You see that Mayo doesn't have that exact perfect timing, and/or that instant recognition awarded to a trully instinctual foottball player. To me, that is close...REAL
I'm sure it all sorta ties into the specific thing which I see that Mayo's lacking. Ready? A
. And I don't mean, The unhealthy initially over-run a play, then in a half-blind rage, knock the ball-carrier on his rear after he's 3 feet outta bounds, Before ending your "SUPER" play by gettin'-j!ggy-with-it for a 3 and a half minute dance routine at midfield... No.
I mean even a healthy & even just "moderate" amount of passion. The passion to emotionally fire up your team with a play, or a word, and with belief and certainty. The passion of Bruschi to up-end himself, and topple head over heals onto his face by throwing personal caution aside in the heat of the moment, by attempting to rush headlong over a 6'6 O-Tackle, just b/'c he sees a split second opening to make a move towards the QB...and he KNOWS that even IF
and when he gets flipped on his head, that maybe- just maybe, his crazy effort can disrupt the potential for a successful offensive completion, even by altering the course of the play direction in 1 single degree.
I don't see that... And I don't mean, that I don't see "Bruschi-insane-person" Passion... I mean, I don't ever see or even feel the willingness I want just a few times outta Jerod Mayo, just to even potentially
risk life and limb, by sacrificing his body in order to make 1 play. I know I'll get heat from this from some poster- But from Jerod Mayo, I see Professionalism...."Professionalism" in droves. But I do not EVER...and even when it's healthy & needed- I Do Not See A "Killer Instinct
" from Jerod Mayo... NEVER.