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Interesting we are just not discovering this. Many of my co-workers, up here in the great white north, are ND fans. They look at my like I have 3 eye balls when I tell them we have moved Shembo inside. To a man, they all seem him as more of a pass rush specialist than anything else.

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Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan experimented with lining up rookie inside linebacker Prince Shembo on the edge as an added pass-rusher during Sunday's loss against the New York Giants. And Nolan indicated Shembo in that role could be utilized more often.

"I would like to do more of it," Nolan said. "He pitched in on the outside. He did it in college. He's stout enough to play that. So that's something that we'll continue to probably use as we go forward."

Although Shembo was drafted as an outside linebacker, he was moved to inside linebacker in May and recently took over the starting job from Joplo Bartu. In college at Notre Dame, Shembo had 14 career sacks, including 5.5 sacks during his final season.

Shembo played four snaps on the edge against the Giants and dropped into coverage on one of those plays.

"Man, I'll do whatever they ask me to do," Shembo said Monday. "I just lined up. It's just about being a football player. We had some plays using it in practice.

"Osi [umenyiora] always told me as a rusher, you always have to perfect your craft. Obviously if I go back to it, I'm going to be rusty. It's just like writing: The more you write, your penmanship is going to get better. It's the same as an edge rusher. You've got to do it every day."

The Falcons certainly need someone to spark the pass rush that has just four sacks through five games, which is tied for 29th in the league. The only game the Falcons really got after the passer was the 56-14 blowout against Tampa Bay, when they recorded three sacks and seven quarterback hits.

Maybe the Falcons will find a way to get pressure against "gunslinger" Jay Cutler and Chicago on Sunday. The Bears could have an unproven left tackle starting in Michael Ola, who moved over from left guard following a knee injury to veteran and former New Orleans Saints standout Jermon Bushrod.

Nolan was asked if such a lineup change for the Bears could work to the Falcons' advantage in terms of creating more pressure.

"We study all their players, and I would like to say that we can take advantage of what's perceived as a weak link or a new player," Nolan said. "Until we prove that we're not weak links ... we're just trying to win some matchups more than anything else.

"Sometimes when you're on a roll, [taking advantage of a weak link] is a big part of the game plan. For us right now, we [have] a little bit bigger concern than somebody else's weakness. ....I try not to spend as much time as I normally would do because we have our own issues to try and correct at this time."

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Wasn't it Nolan's genius Idea to move him inside originally?

eh Whatever. at least he sees the mistake

Yup, he was drafted as an edge rusher, Nolan said he was better suited to ILB, we announce he's starting at ILB, and now Nolan wants to use him as an edge rusher again.

You literally cannot make this **** up. A part from the Raiders and Jags, we're the most dysfunctional NFL franchise right now.

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I make a post earlier about shembo being a tremendous outside rusher. I considered that the falcons failure to do this ment they knew far more about him then I did. But considering we drafted him because his production rushing the passer in college plus they are now deciding to try him rushing the passer is more bad new. If they could miss this obvious thing for so long what else are they missing?

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Now I didn't read any articles or any posts in this thread. I just got a laugh out of the title, not because of what OP said, but Nolans thought process. He moved him inside when most of us figured he was an edge rusher in the first place. Just funny to me.

I saw the notice he was moved to starter from the Falcons app yesterday. I admit I was happy with the news.

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Now I didn't read any articles or any posts in this thread. I just got a laugh out of the title, not because of what OP said, but Nolans thought process. He moved him inside when most of us figured he was an edge rusher in the first place. Just funny to me.

I saw the notice he was moved to starter from the Falcons app yesterday. I admit I was happy with the news.

God this defense is a clusterfk, it is simply mind boggling.
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Now I didn't read any articles or any posts in this thread. I just got a laugh out of the title, not because of what OP said, but Nolans thought process. He moved him inside when most of us figured he was an edge rusher in the first place. Just funny to me.

I saw the notice he was moved to starter from the Falcons app yesterday. I admit I was happy with the news.

Most people thought that because of the position he played in college. However, he has poor bend around the corner and no real pass rush moves. I said when he was drafted he was best suited as a ILB due to his size, strength, and was at his best when he was used on stunt blitzes and, lo and behold, he was moved there. Now Nolan apparently wants to move him back outside which tells me he has no idea what he's doing anymore, not that I disagree with him on Shembo necessarily but because he keeps moving players around and into roles they're not best suited for... he can't for the life of him figure out how to get the most out of the talent he has.

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