g-dawg Posted May 13, 2011 Share Posted May 13, 2011 OK, the "hot topic" today seems to be Stephen Nicholas and the song used to describe his predicament would be from "The Clash" - song title: "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" Let's assume he GOES for purposes of this thread.Obviously-at least to me-we have two positions etched in stone:WLB-Sean WeatherspoonMLB-Curtis Lofton WLB: Sean Weatherspoon Assuming "Spoon" gets healthy, he should be a three down linebacker who never comes off the field except when he's tired. Spoon could probably play any of the three LB positions but his skills would be maximized as a WLB as he has the best coverage and blitzing ability of all the linebackers. MLB: Curtis Lofton I'm somewhat concerned by the offseason surgeries on both knees of Curtis Lofton. He is awfully young at 24 years old to be having so much surgery - but Lofton is tough as nails and always answers the bell when its time to strap on the chin strap. Lofton is a great tackler and moves foward well but is somewhat weak in coverage. He wants to be more of a three down linebacker but I still think he needs to come off the field more often than not in nickel coverage. Given his role as leader of the defense, we will probably leave Lofton in more than we should - but that's OK - you want your warriors on the field in tough situations. SLB: ???(Stephen Nicholas Position)Stephen Nicholas is a 4year player who will either be a RFA or UFA depending on resolution of the CBA. Nicholas is a 3 down LB that can play the run as well as the pass. Well, good chance that Nicholas is unfettered and his goal is to test the free agent market to get the best deal he can for himself and his family - I cannot blame him for that. I think most Falcons fans would like Nic to stay - as well as myself. However, I do not believe that Nicholas is a "must-sign" as we are fairly strong at the other two linebacking positions and the room for improvement - if any occurs - will come in pass rush and secondary. I think the Falcons could possibly improve on the SLB production over Nicholas by replacing him with two players. In obvious running situations, I believe Akeem Dent to be a potentially superior run-stopper over Stephen Nicholas. In passing situations, I believe Spencer Adkins speed could be utilized in nickel situations - obviously Adkins is a little bit of an unknown, but its worth investigating.Your thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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