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Old 05-31-2012, 11:19 PM   #11
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:36 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Brandon428 View Post
"Shanle - shanle" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Amen! Good in man coverage what is he thinking!?!?!?
Obviously they see something we don't. Perhaps it was scheme that made him look so horrible in coverage. For whatever reasons all the coaches sing his praises every time he is mentioned.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:46 PM   #13
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"I think Scott is one of those guys, one of those rare breeds. Ive been with him since 06, and you have not seen any diminishing skill level. He still has the footwork and the fluid hips. One of his real high qualities that he has is his man coverage skills."

Are you freakin kidding me?????? He must be slipping the coach's hallucinagins or something. This dude is like a cockaroach..they just don't die.
Which makes it difficult for me to get excited about this:

What have you seen from Curtis Lofton that maybe shocked or surprised you?

Number one, hes lost some weight and body fat. His ability to change direction in space, his ability to drop his weight and burst on the ball, and then his angles to the ball and his closing speed have been shocking to me. Theyve been shocking to his teammates too. We know what weve got; weve got a thumper. Weve got a guy who loves the contact, hes a downhill linebacker. To watch his athleticism in space, his ability to flip his hips and burst, has really been a nice addition.


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Old 06-01-2012, 01:25 AM   #14
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You know for as much as everyone hates and laughs at Shanle, he's always in the right position to make the play. He just doesn't have the skill set to do it. So as much as everyone one wants to knock him, do your job and beat him out. If not, as he's proven for 6 years, you need to just roll with it... it's not his fault everyone else blows.

While I hope he's not starting, it's certainly not his fault.
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:19 AM   #15
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Scott Shanle has had an outstanding camp. Scott has started at the Sam position for us this spring. I think Scott is one of those guys, one of those rare breeds. Ive been with him since 06, and you have not seen any diminishing skill level. He still has the footwork and the fluid hips. One of his real high qualities that he has is his man coverage skills. Hes come into camp in great shape, so he has done a great job.

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Old 06-01-2012, 03:47 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by papz View Post
You know for as much as everyone hates and laughs at Shanle, he's always in the right position to make the play. He just doesn't have the skill set to do it. So as much as everyone one wants to knock him, do your job and beat him out. If not, as he's proven for 6 years, you need to just roll with it... it's not his fault everyone else blows.

While I hope he's not starting, it's certainly not his fault.


True, but at certain point you have to also balance the fact that he won't be the future of this team, and if a young guy is just barely beaten out by him during the offseason - the Saints might still be better off giving the young guy the regular season starts, so that he can improve his game and get some important playing experience under his belt.

But, "high quality coverage skills," are you kidding me?! I can't remember which game it was last season, but Shanle was covering a TE running a drag route towards the sideline. He was simply trying to keep up with the guy with no attempt to turn his head and find the ball, but then the QB threw the ball at the back of his helmet from where it bounced out of bounds. The commentator said, something like "that pass was covered really well by Shanle." I guess if you want to call desperately running after a guy and getting hit in the helmet by chance good coverage then I stand corrected. And, yes, I know that TE vs LB isn't a fair fight, but people still constantly make arguments against Harper's coverage skills vs a TE, so I don't see this as being anything different.

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Old 06-01-2012, 05:05 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by saintsfan1976 View Post
He's right - deep as in there have never been this many LB's on the roster.

"Deep" does not equate to "talent".

Casillas - Injury prone
Vilma - goners
Lofton - new system, known for being slow, liability in coverage
Shanle - shanle
Wilson - now a DE

Throw the next several names in a group I like to call "who the hell really knows???" and you've got to be slightly concerned about our LB corps this season.
You forgot

Hawthorne - tackling machine with over a 100 Tackles each of the last 3 seasons
Chamberlain - also a great tackler, proved it for the rams last year
Lofton - ive seen no evidence that says he's bad in coverage, and we need 3 LB's that are great tacklers

We just got em
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:58 AM   #18
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You forgot

Hawthorne - tackling machine with over a 100 Tackles each of the last 3 seasons
Chamberlain - also a great tackler, proved it for the rams last year
Lofton - ive seen no evidence that says he's bad in coverage, and we need 3 LB's that are great tacklers

We just got em
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:01 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by papz View Post
You know for as much as everyone hates and laughs at Shanle, he's always in the right position to make the play. He just doesn't have the skill set to do it. So as much as everyone one wants to knock him, do your job and beat him out. If not, as he's proven for 6 years, you need to just roll with it... it's not his fault everyone else blows.

While I hope he's not starting, it's certainly not his fault.
You know what you get from Shanle. He's due for 75 tackles and one turnover

That's why I said Shanle - Shanle

But you're right Papz, the question is who can do better?
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:24 AM   #20
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he's always in the right position to make the play.
Are we watching the same player? He is NEVER in front of a play!!

As for his coverage skills and his supposed smarts..I give you exhibit A:
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