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WhoDat!656 04-13-2012 09:02 PM

Brodrick Bunkley: A Gem
 
The past week or so I have been exchanging emails with Emmett Smith, a writer for itsalloverfatman.com, a website that primarily covers the Denver Broncos. He contacted me about getting some information on Tracy Porter, and in return he gave me a little summary on the Saints newest big man, Brodrick Bunkley. Here is Emmett's view on Brodrick:

"Bunkley was one of the best run-stuffers in the league last year (top 5 by PFF's standards, which I trust on this), and Broncos fans are very disappointed to see him go. Granted, if you have to trade Bunkley for Manning you do it, but even so, you guys have an absolute gem in this guy. He won't get you sacks, he's solely a nose tackle and couldn't play under tackle for a bet, but you won't worry about the run through his gap and he'll push the pile and collapse the pocket, which lets your pass rushers do their thing more effectively. You're also going to love his effort - many big guys wear down at the end of games. He usually stepped it up. Enjoy, I'm still going to be watching out for him. Some guys just can't help but rooting for him. By the way, he did 44 reps on the 225 bench press and still moves well. Says it all."

If everything Emmett says about Brodrick is true, this could be one of the most underrated moves this NFL offseason. Last year, Rogers and Franklin were brought in to do the same thing, but seemed to lack what Brodrick may have: effort. The production we expected out of the mammoth linemen in Rogers and Franklin never materialized. They often registered only two tackles a game; a few times they didn't get any. Apparently the front office saw the same thing as us, as they have yet to attempt to re-sign them.

I am definitely excited to see Bunkley lined up in black and gold. My impression of him, having watched a little bit of film and getting Emmett's perspective, is that he could become a crucial cog in the Saints defense. Last year, the Saints weren't able to get pressure in the pocket at all. In turn, mediocre quarterbacks sliced and diced the Saints defense with all the time in the world. If Bunkley can come in and wreck havoc inside the tackle box and free up the Saints defensive ends, the pressure will come. He will also contribute in run defense as he is a stout, powerful man. If all of these impressions are in fact true, this defensive pickup will be a success.

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RaginCajun83 04-13-2012 10:21 PM

I saw lack of effort at times last year from the defensive line as well, I think I even said on here comparing 2011 to 2009 defensive line in that 2009 had guys that were hungry and were playing for their lives and careers, in 2011 the line was made of guys that were names and playing for the love of money

|Mitch| 04-13-2012 10:35 PM

Hopefully Spagnoulo does a better job at keeping the defense motivated

FinSaint 04-14-2012 01:49 AM

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Originally Posted by |Mitch| (Post 397427)
Hopefully Spagnoulo does a better job at keeping the defense motivated


I agree, and I'm fairly confident that the overall mentality that Spags brings in will be much more conducive to a productive and sustained effort by the whole defense - as opposed to the mentality GW brought with him.

I'm really happy with the Bunkley signing, because he is a natural 4-3 NT as opposed to f.e. Franklin, and he is strong and mobile which should produce some problems for the opposition's O-line.

halloween 65 04-14-2012 07:30 PM

I love this guy.

nedly 04-15-2012 07:54 AM

When drafted by the Eagles, was on my wish list for the Saints. This makes me muy happy.

FinSaint 04-15-2012 07:57 AM

He has a very strong upper body, which hopefully will translate into him being able to win some of those 1-on-1 and 2-on-1 battles he'll have with the opposing guards and centers.

Danno 04-15-2012 09:01 AM

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Originally Posted by FinSaint (Post 397457)
I agree, and I'm fairly confident that the overall mentality that Spags brings in will be much more conducive to a productive and sustained effort by the whole defense - as opposed to the mentality GW brought with him.

I'm really happy with the Bunkley signing, because he is a natural 4-3 NT as opposed to f.e. Franklin, and he is strong and mobile which should produce some problems for the opposition's O-line.

Good point. In a true 3-4, Franklin may be the better player (at least he used to be), but as the 2-gap DT in a 4-3 Bunkley looks exactly like what we were hoping to out of Sean Rogers.

Could he be a slighly smaller version of Normand Hand?

FinSaint 04-15-2012 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Danno (Post 397651)
Could he be a slighly smaller version of Normand Hand?


If only we should be so lucky!

Danno 04-15-2012 01:06 PM

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Originally Posted by FinSaint (Post 397676)
If only we should be so lucky!

No kidding.

Unfortunately it appears Saints and luck parted ways a few months back.


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