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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 11:37 am 
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The 50th ranked inside linebacker (and 53rd against the run) in the NFL is not our problem on defense?


Strangely enough, Ellerbe played well in the middle against the run the year before with Baltimore. In fact, he played better than Dansby. Ireland thought he was improving the middle with Ellerbe. I can only hope that Ellerbe does better this year, but it looks to me that Croyle has seen enough.


Totally different circumstance. Playing ILB in a 3-4 is easier than playing MLB in a 4-3. You need a different skillset. In a 3-4, size and power matter, but in a 4-3 you also need the speed to run sideline to sideline. I think the added responsibility of being the QB of the defense made it more difficult for Ellerbe. More thinking, less reacting.

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I wouldnt let Ellerbe prevent us from taking him because I was not a big fan of overpaying Ellerbe in the first place. He was never a proven full time starter with Baltimore. That was a dumb move by Ireland.


I think there is still upside with Ellerbe. Enough that I wouldn't use my 19th overall pick on a linebacker with injury problems. Enough that I wouldn't feel the need to draft a linebacker in the first few rounds.

I could easily see Miami taking a linebacker in the middle rounds, but to take a linebacker that high would be a reach when we already have a solid player in Ellerbe.

Long story short, I don't feel that a player who played through multiple injuries and made 101 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions was our problem on defense.


The 50th ranked inside linebacker (and 53rd against the run) in the NFL is not our problem on defense?


Wow, that's horrible................the breakdown is roughly 50/50 for NFL Teams running a 3-4 vs. 4-3.................so at the start of the season there were 48 starting ILB's...............Ellerbe is not only the worst starter in the league, other teams' 2nd stringers are better than him.

I say we axe Ellerbe and Wheeler and convert to a 7-1.


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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 1:48 pm 
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Is Coyle's system too difficult or are we stuck with some guys who maybe aren't all that bright?

I felt like he should have been gone this offseason along with Sherman and Ireland - hope he proves me wrong.


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