Re: Is this new 4-3 Scheme hurting the development of Mayo??
posted at 10/11/2011 11:57 AM EDT
In Response to Is this new 4-3 Scheme hurting the development of Mayo??
[QUOTE]Just a question. I thought for the 1st few weeks he really didnt show up like I expected and besides blitzing in the preseason he hasnt really looked comfortable playing outside the box at WLB. I know B.B. said he wouldnt move him outside the tackle box, but he actually has. Spikes is in the middle and doing good against the run, but after having a career year last year in the middle of the 3-4, I thought he was primed for more good things, but looks lost in this 4-3. I dont think it is so much the new defense as it is him playing out of position. Our defense actually looked more cohesive w/out him in the lineup. I hope when he comes back that they think about moving him back and not sure what that means for Spikes, but for our best backer, I think he needs to be in position to make plays and at WLB, covering fullbacks and still getting pounded by guards, I just dont see his value there. I takes a lot to play inside of a 3-4 and Mayo worked very hard at it only to be moved around in this new 4-3 and I think it has hindered him a bit....
Posted by JayShizzle45[/QUOTE]
Mayo came from a 4-3 defense where he played strong, weak and a full year, his last in the middle.
Mayo's production may improve if the patriots target a first round strong side backer for the 4-3 and move Mayo back to the middle.
trouble is that would then hault the growth of Spikes and Dane Fletcher.
I have said it MANY times
there is a reason Brace and Deaderick are on the PUP...
Bill only intends on employing this Defense for one year...
You will see Courtney Upshaw on the patriots mock boards a ton because he can play strong side in the 4-3 and ROLB in the 3-4.
I think this defense hinges on the success and failure of the haynesworth, mark anderson and andre carter project.