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Can someone explain to me why everyone on this forum is ripping on the falcon's LB corps? Curtis Lofton is a bonafide starter and future pro bowler, Stephen Nicholas is a high class guy with a high motor and lots of potential, and peterson may be old but he is a proven leader and consistent player.

Sean Weatherspoon looks like a beast, but willie backer is one of the easiest positions to play in the NFL. I agree, a dominant willie backer is something the falcons need to address, in the future. for now i say were fine.

IMO the falcons need to be evaluating all of the DE's in the draft, top to bottom. Dunta Robinson will get burned if we ask him to cover Smith or Colston for 7+ seconds.

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Can someone explain to me why everyone on this forum is ripping on the falcon's LB corps? Curtis Lofton is a bonafide starter and future pro bowler, Stephen Nicholas is a high class guy with a high motor and lots of potential, and peterson may be old but he is a proven leader and consistent player.

Sean Weatherspoon looks like a beast, but willie backer is one of the easiest positions to play in the NFL. I agree, a dominant willie backer is something the falcons need to address, in the future. for now i say were fine.

IMO the falcons need to be evaluating all of the DE's in the draft, top to bottom. Dunta Robinson will get burned if we ask him to cover Smith or Colston for 7+ seconds.

We got ate up on HB passes last season and most of that was Peterson. He is still great against the run but is a liability in the pass. We have 2 young DE's that I feel can do just as good of a job as anyone we get in the draft. DE has proven to not be an immediate impact when it comes to the draft.

Just my 2 cents...

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We got ate up on HB passes last season and most of that was Peterson. He is still great against the run but is a liability in the pass. We have 2 young DE's that I feel can do just as good of a job as anyone we get in the draft. DE has proven to not be an immediate impact when it comes to the draft.

Just my 2 cents...

i agree DE generally seems like its the hardest for rookies to make an impact on.

but i think Bierman and Sid are pass rush specialists. Like Abe was in 1008, they are only truly effective on third down situations. thats where Bierman excelled last year. i want a DE, like graham or griffen, that can play every down and provide a constant pass rush

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Peterson started last year like a man with a mission but just a few games into the season seemed to disappear

That's the bottom line right there. Peterson was all over the place, but his age showed as the season went on and we need more quickness and coverage ability in that unit.

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I think the main reason (at least I know it is my reason) is because Peterson, while still good, is getting long in the tooth and Weatherspoon looks like he could be one of those rare players.

And pairing him with Lofton just makes me giddy. Like Ray Lewis and Bart Scott type of tandem.

DE "may" be a need, but maybe not. Chauncey had a down year, but has been stout in the past. The Beerman is developing nicely. Sid hints that he could be a good player. And Abe is Abe, although granted one year older. JA, while most likely done at DE, is still possibly depth. It just seems like a 3rd, or a 2nd if we can get up there, is a more likely round for a DE, since there are some interesting DE's in this draft.

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We got ate up on HB passes last season and most of that was Peterson. He is still great against the run but is a liability in the pass. We have 2 young DE's that I feel can do just as good of a job as anyone we get in the draft. DE has proven to not be an immediate impact when it comes to the draft.

Just my 2 cents...

Not all of that is on Peterson just like it is crazy to ask a CB to cover for a long period of time, it is also crazy to ask our LB to do the same thing. Neither of our Young DE has shown to be consistent against the run at LDE, Biermann putting on another 15lbs to play LDE may be taking away from his strenghts and therefore reducing his effectiveness as a pass rusher, Sidbury is developing and cant be counted on at this point to be a consistent run defender at LDE. A rookie DE can be an upgrade over 3 of our DE, including Sidbury, Davis and JA98

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Give Lofton his **** Weapons already!! he deserves it!! He deserves two guys next to him that will make a running back pay for being in their area. He deserves a defensive line that will attack linemen and create lanes to make tackles. We are close to that point but we need to give Lofton his weapons.

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i agree DE generally seems like its the hardest for rookies to make an impact on.

but i think Bierman and Sid are pass rush specialists. Like Abe was in 1008, they are only truly effective on third down situations. thats where Bierman excelled last year. i want a DE, like graham or griffen, that can play every down and provide a constant pass rush

Wow Abe is old :ph34r:

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Peterson got worse and worse as the season went on. He was horrible covering TE and RBs. He could easily be replaced.

MP was a great signing for ATL last year, but truly, he slowed down as the season progressed. I have no idea what his contract numbers are, but I would like to see him hang around next year for ST and depth. I don't think he should be considered a starter, though. JMO

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Can someone explain to me why everyone on this forum is ripping on the falcon's LB corps? Curtis Lofton is a bonafide starter and future pro bowler, Stephen Nicholas is a high class guy with a high motor and lots of potential, and peterson may be old but he is a proven leader and consistent player.

Sean Weatherspoon looks like a beast, but willie backer is one of the easiest positions to play in the NFL. I agree, a dominant willie backer is something the falcons need to address, in the future. for now i say were fine.

IMO the falcons need to be evaluating all of the DE's in the draft, top to bottom. Dunta Robinson will get burned if we ask him to cover Smith or Colston for 7+ seconds.

just go look back at the tape, towards the end of the season, he started looking like brooking 2.0, his lack of speed was evident, thats y we got rid of brooking, and thats y we will draft a LB. theres your answer

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i agree DE generally seems like its the hardest for rookies to make an impact on.

but i think Bierman and Sid are pass rush specialists. Like Abe was in 1008, they are only truly effective on third down situations. thats where Bierman excelled last year. i want a DE, like graham or griffen, that can play every down and provide a constant pass rush

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Not all of that is on Peterson just like it is crazy to ask a CB to cover for a long period of time, it is also crazy to ask our LB to do the same thing. Neither of our Young DE has shown to be consistent against the run at LDE, Biermann putting on another 15lbs to play LDE may be taking away from his strenghts and therefore reducing his effectiveness as a pass rusher, Sidbury is developing and cant be counted on at this point to be a consistent run defender at LDE. A rookie DE can be an upgrade over 3 of our DE, including Sidbury, Davis and JA98

so let me get this straight, he went from 250 and 2 sacks his rookie year, to 260+ and 5 sacks his second year and he took away from his weaknesses??? how?

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i agree DE generally seems like its the hardest for rookies to make an impact on.

but i think Bierman and Sid are pass rush specialists. Like Abe was in 1008, they are only truly effective on third down situations. thats where Bierman excelled last year. i want a DE, like graham or griffen, that can play every down and provide a constant pass rush

i guess u forgot we run a rotation, there wont be anyone playing every down, not even babs, so if thats wat u want then u might want to finc a different team to root for

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Give Lofton his **** Weapons already!!  he deserves it!!  He deserves two guys next to him that will make a running back pay for being in their area.  He deserves a defensive line that will attack linemen and create lanes to make tackles.  We are close to that point but we need to give Lofton his weapons.

yep, the line already does a good job of keeping offensive lineman off our LB, now lets get some talent in there and watch them flourish, i dont believe lofton will ever get multi INT, but he doesnt have to, thats the OLB job anyway

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i guess u forgot we run a rotation, there wont be anyone playing every down, not even babs, so if thats wat u want then u might want to finc a different team to root for

We rotate players because the players we currently have tend to be ineffective in certain situations. Lofton came off in passing situations his rookie year, because he was a liability, then in his second year, he was an everydown guy. Abe wis most effecive when put in in pass rush situations, same with Bierman and Sid. its not a specific rotation, its just guys sub other guys in certain situations or when the other guy needs a blow.

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yep, the line already does a good job of keeping offensive lineman off our LB, now lets get some talent in there and watch them flourish, i dont believe lofton will ever get multi INT, but he doesnt have to, thats the OLB job anyway

the OLB's job is to get multi INT #'s. show me ONE OLB who's done that. OLB are supposed to contain RB's and play strict gap control. THEN its their duty to play zones and slow WR's coming across the middle and even match up on TE's on occassion.

You obviously dont watch alot of football

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so let me get this straight, he went from 250 and 2 sacks his rookie year, to 260+ and 5 sacks his second year and he took away from his weaknesses??? how?

Adding to much weight can make you slower and as a DE that is not a good look. Must i explain everything to you little dude.

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i guess u forgot we run a rotation, there wont be anyone playing every down, not even babs, so if thats wat u want then u might want to finc a different team to root for

Dang dude, Babs actually played both Run and passing downs and played majority of our snaps which is why he is sometimes call Ironman. Dude you try so hard to have these witty little posts when 90% or your posts are wrong.

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We rotate players because the players we currently have tend to be ineffective in certain situations. Lofton came off in passing situations his rookie year, because he was a liability, then in his second year, he was an everydown guy. Abe wis most effecive when put in in pass rush situations, same with Bierman and Sid. its not a specific rotation, its just guys sub other guys in certain situations or when the other guy needs a blow.

I agree the reason why rotate our DE soo much is because we have DE that play the run well but dont rush the passer well, and we have pass rushers that arent so stout against the run. BAbs plays both well which is why he logs alot of snaps.

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