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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by blackangold 1. isnt a good option as Harper is good at blitzing from the Safety position. As an OLB he will have to engage and avoid blockers, something he can't do. The most viable option is for ...

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Old 09-01-2013, 08:29 PM   #11
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Re: Outside Linebacker depth?

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1. isnt a good option as Harper is good at blitzing from the Safety position. As an OLB he will have to engage and avoid blockers, something he can't do.

The most viable option is for the starting line-up is Haralson at Jack for every snap and Wilson/Galette rotating in for the other position. Haralson is a potential pro-bowl OLB and Wilson/Galette should do very well opposite of him. The issue is the depth. I think Herring and Hawthorne could both be decent backups at the OLB position.
Make no mistake, Galette is your Jack linebacker - pass rusher, back end pursuit on RB screens...

Haralson played the SAM in Frisco and that's where he will play; Martez, moved yet again to another position will split time with him there and roll in on pass rush packages...

Haralson will be a solid pro for us, but he was ostensibly replaced by the current ProBowlers who draw their NFL checks in San Francisco...

You're a little short on Herring and Hawthorne as they're excellent depth at all the LB positions; they could start and be effective as well...

Harper, my feelings on his game are well-documented...

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Old 09-01-2013, 08:48 PM   #12
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Re: Outside Linebacker depth?

Does look thin.
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Re: Outside Linebacker depth?

It looks thin and I'm a bit concerned, but steps can be taken. As others have said, some of the other LBs can fill in, and maybe we can work a trade for a RB (we certainly have enough of them on the roster).
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Re: Outside Linebacker depth?

People may forget... but when we signed Herring, he was a OLB.

We are fine. If Galette breaks out like we're anticipating, we are more than fine. This is really a non-issue that we don't even need to be harping on.
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People may forget... but when we signed Herring, he was a OLB.

We are fine. If Galette breaks out like we're anticipating, we are more than fine. This is really a non-issue that we don't even need to be harping on.
Papz makes an excellent point and it's a theme that Coach Payton has repeatedly identified when announcing acquisitions, draft or free agent, and that's a player's ability to be flexible...

Herring was considered a very good linebacker, not elite mind you, but a very good linebacker - and he'll be a pro for us and make plays to help win games...
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I don't want to rely on Herring..............
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