Re: Wilfork is LOVING the draft picks
posted at 4/24/2010 8:46 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Wilfork is LOVING the draft picks
I agree and i get frustrated when people suggest random positional changes that never would work. They put Guyton at OLB against the Seahawks in 2008 and it was an absolute joke. He was awful there.
Posted by Rockdog1293000
And despite that, BB randomly changed Guyton's position to OLB at least three times last year (Buffalo, Jets, Miami). I hate when BB does those random positional changes that would never work . . . he's just an idiot of a coach, isn't he?
Really, the problem with Guyton (and probably why he didn't get drafted) is that he's not a perfect fit for any of the linebacker positions, but he's versatile enough to play most of them. Here's what BB said about him:
He is a smart kid. I think he may have gotten caught a little bit in the middle there between, Is he a 4-3 middle linebacker? Is he a 4-3 outside linebacker? Is he a 3-4 outside linebacker? Is he big enough to be a 3-4 inside linebacker?' He kind of has a little bit of everything but I don't know if he is the prototype in terms of size, speed and all of that for any of those positions. But he seems to do well enough to play elements of all of them.
My sense is Guyton is best suited to OLB in a 4-3 (he's small for an OLB in a 3-4 and maybe not a strong enough pass rusher). I don't think he's really ideal against the run, which makes him maybe less attractive at ILB than Spikes and Mayo, though his pass coverage skills make him a good fit at ILB on third down. They may use him to replace Spikes on 3rd down or they might experiment with him more at OLB. He's got pretty good coverage skills and he's fast, so I can see him out in space. The big disadvantage to moving him to OLB, though, is he may not get us the kind of pass rush we want from the outside, especially if he's rushing against big tackles.
The fact that he played a bad game at outside linebacker in his rookie year, though, isn't enough to give up on him in that position for ever. You've got to give him a chance to learn the position before you say he can't do it.