Re: Spikes or McKenzie?
posted at 7/31/2010 12:16 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Spikes or McKenzie?
I agree with nightrider....and I have been saying this for some time...McKenzie could move to the outside. He is basically the same size as TBC, but stronger and faster. Same could be said for Mayo. He played outside part of his college career. BB is giving Spikes a lot of playcalling responsibility right now with the 1st team...if Spikes can call plays, could we see a lot of movement with our ILB's? ...perhaps Mayo/McKenzie bouncing around between inside and outside, or just using McKenzie more as OLB. I feel a lot more comfortable with Mayo/Spikes inside, TBC/Cunningham/McKenzie outside, with TBC & McKenzie shifting around based on scheme.
Posted by PatsLifer
THIS....Absolutely and No Doubt imho. Tyrone McKenzie has been to seemingly every college in Division 1 Football, and he's played all over as a Linebacker not simply as an ILB as where he was at his Senior Season @ where?- South Florida? McKenzie being a hair under 6'2 and just over 240lbs and having a 4.7 something 40 and a Combine 4.8 40, Is pretty high in all... But LIKE Brandon Spikes, McKenzie has simply a GREAT nose for the football, good instincts and a well-above average sideline to sideline range.
UNLIKE Spikes, McKenzie is an inch and a half smaller and @ 20lbs lighter. McKenzie IS very willing to take on a blocker, BUT Spikes is utterly FEROCIOUS here AND coupled with his Bigger size, YET less speed than McKenzie=NE WILL deploy Spikes at the Strong Inside Linebacker (although somewhat unsure at the very beginning of Spikes Rookie year #1). Regardless, McKenzie is even smaller and even slower than Gary Guyton and Guyton got mauled playing The Mike (SILB) the past year (but I gotta say again, McKenzie has Guyton beat on far better instincts, and far more "killer" instincts, so to say)...
ALL this said, The key to McKenzie IS his versatility... More than not, Look for the following: Spikes WILL be your first 2 down SILB, of this I'm prett d#mn sure. Now McKenzie's pretty cool here, because BB LOVES mixing up his looks. THUS, McKenzie can give Mayo a rest on ANY down and fill in adequately as a Weakside Inside Linebacker (JACK?). ALSO, McKenzie CAN fill in for Spikes on a 3rd down passing situation as the SILB, and even 2nd and long if need be at SILB. AND, although in the past Belichick trully wanted 6'3, 6'4 and even 6'5 Outside Linebackers, Within the past few years with Burgess and AD, those guys I'm pretty sure were only 6'2-maybe 6'3- And although they WERE heavier than McKenzie, It canNOT have escaped Belichick that many other 3-4 Teams have been using guys who in the past would have been "miniscule" OLBs (see-Denver's 5'11 Weakside OLB terror this past year). SO, this IS to say that IMHO, McKenzie could very well BE a 3-down Weakside OLB... He's imo, MUCH better at shedding blocks thrown his way on the shorter side of the field than Tully BC, and TBC DOES have that backfield prescence rushing the passing pocket, BUT TBC is VERY weak when team's run to his side (which oppossing O's can & DO exploit vs TBC). With McKenzie who had 15 TFL's in his Senior Year, ya ain't giving up much in terms of getting to the backfield, BUT you're adding a guy much better against the run as a Weakside OLB (rather than TBC), AND McKenzie IS pretty decent at pass-coverage too (IF he needs to cover a TE/RB gooing into the flat).Yea, summin up
Spikes-Smashmouth ILB for At LEAST 2, but hopefully 3 downs as the SILB we desperately needed and need.
McKenzie-3 down WILB (for Mayo getting a breather); 3rd and long- maybe 2nd and long down SILB (passing down and/or a breather for Spikes); ULTIMATELY- 3 down WOLB (in place of, OR as a TBC breather); and EVEN a 3rd & long- maybe 2nd and long SOLB too...