Re: Mayo and Spikes in 4-3 Questions
posted at 8/10/2011 8:00 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Mayo and Spikes in 4-3 Questions
[QUOTE]For the record, Ted Johnson played in a 4-3 defense from the time he was drafted by the Pats in 95-96 (?) until Belichick installed the 3-4 around 2001. He was stalwart in the middle and a 3 down player until all those injuries began to derail him in the late 90s, early 2000s. Come on guys, remember your team history a little better before the Belichick era. As for Spikes, he is better suited for MLB in a 4-3. This allows him to be a downhill, ball hammer. Mayo has so much range, and is physically gifted, he would be almost like Chris Slade, perhaps not as freakish as a Vincent Brown. Plus, if they keep them, plus Fletcher, Guyton, Nink and some of the OLB/DEs they have already, the WLB should be covered. Rotation is key here.
Posted by ArmyPatsFan[/QUOTE]
Thanks for the history lesson. I forgot TJ played MLB before BB arrived.
I don't see how Spikes playing MLB is a stretch at all. He played it in Florida, racked up numerous accolades, plays instinctive, etc. I for one want to see him in this role. Mayo on the outside would be interesting and I think he would excel there. Put Guyton/Fletcher beside them, and i think we have a pretty decent LB corp in the 4-3.
Beyond those 4 however, I don't see a lot of depth for LB in that formation. That worries me a bit if it's used heavily. If we start Mayo, Spikes, Guyton, rotate Fletcher in, who else is in the mix? Again, I don't think the Tarpinian kid makes it, and not sure if BB woudl use Barret/Lockett in the WOLB role here. I don't think Moore, Anderson, Carter nor Cunningham are in this discussion either. Who's left to add to the rotation?