Re: Mayo and Spikes
posted at 11/5/2010 3:44 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Mayo and Spikes
[QUOTE]Mayo gets the tackles, but Spikes is the better player. Stats (like tackles and sacks) are deceptive. Spikes is the main reason why the run D has improved. He's a legitimate DROY candidate.
Posted by CubanPete[/QUOTE]
Can't think of it as "better player or worse player," NOT in the 3-4 scheme that is cuban. Each of the 2 ILBs entirely needs the other one to come through and do their job, in order for the other 1 to do their's. During Draft and pre-draft, I LOVED Spikes as an utterly perfect fit for NE's Strong Inside Linebacker spot to couple with Jerod Mayo, AND I expressed these sentiments... Overall, I was often surprised by the negative responses RE: Brandon Spikes' slow 40 time on a track field. It showed me, how very few people BOTH knew about his adequate pass-coverage abilities as a collegiate, Spikes' amazing instincts to sniff out a play's direction...And HERE (RE: The Spikes/Mayo tandem), His ideal fit to couple as a SILB with Jerod Mayo on the WILB spot...
ANYone and EVERYone watching the 2009 NE Season, and as early as that NE/Atlanta Game in September, should have seen this 1 thing: Gary Guyton was NOT the answer as the SILB. And it really ISN'T knocking Gary Guyton at all, because schematic-wise, It was a p#ss-poor fit with Guyton @ Strongside ILB. Guyton IS something like almost 6'3 (same as Spikes), but Guyton doesn't have nearly the musculature and idk-overall heft as Spikes, let alone, Guyton's game is speed Far, Far More than "smash-mouth." This ended up, not only crippling Guyton, but Mayo as well.
The 3-4 D, by it's very nature, has 1 less D-Lineman... This means, that those now 2 ILBs, WILL see more of those interior offensive lineman coming their way, putting a body, an arm, and even a hand on them-Far more than that 1 ILB in a 4-3 Defense. Likewise, you're losing that added big-body D-Lineman in a 3-4 Defense, as oppossed to a 4-3 Defense...In run-support, One NEEDS to at least attempt to make up for that weight differential of a D-Lineman compared to merely just adding a standard (& small) 6'1 230lb Weakside ILB next to Mayo... In otherwords-2 mayos Will NOT work...2 Spikes Will NOT work, and even 1 Mayo and perhaps a 1/4 Brandon Spikes but 3/4 another Jerod Mayo, in Gary Guyton-WILL NOT work...and it didn't work.
Ya need in your 3-4 Defense, an instinctual play-sniffing brute that actually enjoys clogging those added spaces/O-Line gaps within that 3-4 defense, and actually Enjoys and even CAN, go head to head when seeing far more big bodied O-Lineman thrown towards that ILB spot(s). IF he's got the size, the heart, the smarts, the instincts, AND the added ferocity, It Massively trumps anything other than an utter & incompetant deficiency in his pass-coverage skills... Goin' head to head, and being the first to wreak havoc on that Hole, O-Lineman (and even ball-carrier)-WILL be that disrupting force with Brandon Spikes as the SILB, in order, and so-That Jerod Mayo can do what HE does great-Mayo is a pure, 100% correct & perfect form, tackling machine. IF ya wanna look at it that way, fine?=Spikes @ strongside is that smasher, mauler and hitter that Instinctual sees the main threat area and jumps straight at it-thus wearing out/and/or slows down that initial far greater imposing force, and Mayo is that assassin @ weakside that comes through surgically (and now, CAN come through surgically), with that open unhindered look & perfect angle, and just like a surgeon's hand @ angling & form tackling-Mayo finishes the perfect procedure...~
Ya know-Brandon Spikes & Jerod Mayo-Surgery Incorporated.
Spikes wields a sledge hammer staright at your chestbone and bashes you open, then Mayo comes in and cleanly knifes out your heart... 1 in tandem with the other: Many times Spikes doesn't have the precision in order to cleanly take out your heart, and many times Mayo's instruments just can't get to that heart, through the chestbone... But Together=Well, ya got'cha yourself a nice clean corpse.