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Hummmm Smith on Gonzalez I am not too sure I can get excited about that possible match up week 1.
In dallas, demarcus ware and anthony spencer never dropped into coverage according to reports on RR's scheme

That makes me think he will be putting a safety in slot to cover that man, e.g vaccaro
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Re: John DeShazier: Will Smith making a seamless switch to outside linebacker

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In dallas, demarcus ware and anthony spencer never dropped into coverage according to reports on RR's scheme

That makes me think he will be putting a safety in slot to cover that man, e.g vaccaro
Yep, no differerent that how teams cover Graham. Put an OLB on him and he outruns them.

Put a safety on him and he out muscles him.

Put a CB on him and ... well... just watch highlights of our game against the Falcons and see what Gonzalez did to Greer and P-rob.
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Re: John DeShazier: Will Smith making a seamless switch to outside linebacker

I read somewhere that RR dropped LBs into coverage only 18% of the time last year, utilizing the safeties in coverage more.
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Re: John DeShazier: Will Smith making a seamless switch to outside linebacker

I had been down on Smith in the past but I have hopes for him this year. He got a lot of sacks during our superbowl run because other teams could not constantly double team him and we had better linemen then drawing some attention making that possible. Thats why Jordan got 8 sacks last year because Smith was the one they were more concerned with. He is a better player than Jordan and I think he's got something to prove and wants another ring.
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I had been down on Smith in the past but I have hopes for him this year. He got a lot of sacks during our superbowl run because other teams could not constantly double team him and we had better linemen then drawing some attention making that possible. Thats why Jordan got 8 sacks last year because Smith was the one they were more concerned with. He is a better player than Jordan and I think he's got something to prove and wants another ring.
I like your optimism but you think will smith is better than cam jordan?

A couple of years ago maybe, but cam is a beast and has showed he can perform in any scheme 4-3 or 3-4
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Re: John DeShazier: Will Smith making a seamless switch to outside linebacker

I just don't get a good feeling knowing Will Smith is startin OLB... n covering people.... idk It just dosen't seem appealing to me
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Hummmm Smith on Gonzalez I am not too sure I can get excited about that possible match up week 1.
We didn't just replace Shanle with Smith did we?
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We didn't just replace Shanle with Smith did we?


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Re: John DeShazier: Will Smith making a seamless switch to outside linebacker

I don't know; I'm starting to like that he may start at LB. From all reports, his pass coverage has been improving and RR only drops the LBs in coverage roughly 20% of the time.

That other 80%, his size/strength can be well used to set the edge and hopefully blow up any TE/RB trying to block him when he's rushing the passer...
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Re: John DeShazier: Will Smith making a seamless switch to outside linebacker

Smith has always been a stud. He's might not be all that as a pass rusher anymore but he is a beast. And he plays more downs than just about anybody on the defense.
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