etherdome Posted January 3, 2016 Share Posted January 3, 2016 (edited) Before we plan to fill needs, it is important for us to understand exactly what we already have so that we can identify our true needs. Quinn has installed a new defensive scheme and you can bet that there will continue to be a big turnover in personnel this off season. As I scour these boards, I am picking up very disparate ideas of what our pass rush should look like. For that reason, I'd like to discuss our present personnel and try to understand exactly what sort of player we need to move forward. To start things off, I'd like to focus on our rookie first-round pick. Vic Beasley should be considered a building block for the new defense. He has impressed me with his quickness and his ability to pressure the QB. HIs sack totals are not impressive, but you can already see that he has the goods to get the job done. Like Mack, the year before, VB had an introductory rookie season and should get much better next year. It is just a matter of time for him to become one of the league's top QB hunters. The question I have is where should he play? Some people talk of moving him to SLB, others believe that he should be moved to LDE permanently and others feel that he is a LEO. I liked what I saw of him at the LEO position, but I am concerned about his lingering shoulder ailment. I don't recall a consistently successful DE with shoulder issues. Swim and swipe moves create quick and strong stresses to the shoulder joint. Should we ask VB to stress his shoulder play after play? I am beginning to wonder whether VB should be moved to SLB, where he will be able to fire of the ball and choose the best route to the QB. In Quinn's system the SLB has pass rush responsibilities. Bruce Irvin owes a lot of his success to Quinn's system and I think that VB is a very similar player. I imagine that he would rely less on his shoulder at SLB than any position along the LOS. What say you? Edited January 3, 2016 by etherdome Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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