When I played college ball, that was the biggest "No-no" one could do at practice. You were to meet with that position coach after practice, which meant that you would do "belly busters" (sprints where you dive on your belly every 10 yards) until you have vomit spewing from your face mask. And that is NOT an exaggeration. But what was fun was the rivalry between the offense and defense. It was real. I was offense, and most all of my friends were too. The only time we seemed to like each other was game day. I imagine KB was joking because it does not seem to be that way in the pros, but he must have experienced it before to know it was taboo. I never realized other teams had that "rule" until now.
Now lets talk about the importance of a Norwell or Ward or a Tolbert or a Brockel. If Oher knows a G, FB or HBack has B gap should the End stunt inside, he can concentrate (lean) to the outside. If the DE spins inside, he jams him to stall his momentum and lets him go, looking for a LB, DB, or even DT to come up and rush around the end. We are all assuming that Oher will be given man blocking assignments, when drop back pass protection requires zone. Translation? OK if Alexander could have done a spin move inside. If Alexander was rushing C gap, he takes himself out of the play by spinning into B and gets yelled at--even if rushing--they have lanes. Have 2 guys rush cam through B gap and see how far he runs around the end. When it appears that a DE spins and changes gap in a game, it is because he set up the T to think he was going C and instead stunted to B. Oher is not going to be great, but he is going to be fine. It bothers me that we have Chandler behind him, when Chandler couldn't beat out Bell for LT last year, but I expect Remmers to be the backup once Williams is ready.
I like Oher, and here is why-- While he is giving ground, he makes contact earlier than Bell used to--Bell used to take a bout a 170 degree drop and engage the DE some 5-6 yards into the backfield. Oher seems more determined to play on the LOS, so giving ground is expected. If you watch this one play, he seems to be surrendering ground to get his angle at 100 degrees or so. That may sound like math, but I have never seen a T initiate contact in the QBs ear like Bell did. We did that because he sucked. Oher wants the battle at the line-- he could be too much LOS and needs to drop more before initiating contact. His feet look good here, and if you can ride the bull for 4 seconds, you win. It is hard to tell where the QB would be, or how much Alexander's movement would be limited with other players on the field. Alexander, on the other hand, tries a rip move after being engaged for a while. Too late. He seems frustrated. He jacks Oher's head, which gets a call in the NFL, but Oher stays with it. I am not impressed with Alexander at all on this play, but I see some promise for Oher.
A lot of lineman make the mistake of overextending. They forget the angle the DL needs to take to get to the QB and they chase the DL, losing most of the time. Norwell gets it. He does not waste motion. Been saying that since last season. I LOVE Norwell.
I agree 100%. People need to remember, if Cam runs the option once, the defense has to game plan for it. If he breaks out of the pocket and runs on occasion, the defense has to game plan for it. When they have to shadow Cam, keep a DE/OLB in contain mode, or even better, bring eight to the box---then watch how good Cam's passing gets. If we run between the tackles, the DTs can't pin their ears back on play action. If we run the option, it changes things on the outside for the defense. Throw in a good screen package (something we need to work on, IMO) and some deep balls, and we have stretched the D to cover the whole field every play. Sometimes Cam is not as important as the threat of Cam.
Remember last year, when we were relying on rookies down the home stretch, the one that put us in the playoffs? Remember Benwikere, Boston, Glanton, Norwell, Turner, Benjamin, Brown, Ealy, and even Byndum at times having to play, and we won? They ain't rookies now. And the biggest year for improvement is the second. Many of the key players above only have a half season of experience. People have not factored into the equation the number of rookies we had playing at a high level last year. The look at free agency and the draft. "sometimes the answer is on your own roster."
No, I am certain Ginn makes the team, if only as a returner. I am not as high on Byrd as Igo is, but I think Byrd is a project to put on the PS. Ginn will not be in the rotation as much as he was last time he was here.
He reminds me of white. (peters) He has a shot. Fits the Panther CB profile. I think, for this defensive secondary to be good, we need to play Bene inside. Of course, expect some wrinkles with Thompson in the mix at LB.
Our LB corps is now the best in the NFL. I mentioned earlier, watch Blechen from Utah. Backup LBs had better be special teams studs, and the 3 late additions (Blechen, Glanton, and Mayo) look to be special teams terrors. I think Klein makes the roster, but I wonder where he will play. Funny, but the LBs selected in the draft probably drew the most criticism. Let's not forget how everyone sighed (I didn't--my claim to fame) when we drafted Luke. He was not a real need at the time, but there were signs Beason was beaten up. Then AJ Klein, then Thompson, then Mayo. We find Glanton in the dumpster. Aside from Davis, our entire LB corps has been overhauled since Ron arrived.
a player I really like is Brian Blechen from Utah. He has all the tools for a special teams ace. I see him as a backup to Thompson and the possible "heir apparent" to one of the OLB spots in 2-3 years. He is raw, developing, and learning the position, and the LB competition is fierce, but I see him finding a spot on the PS in the worst case scenario. I love Marlowe too, by the way. I would not be surprised to see him on the roster. Byrd has a decent chance due to his skill set and his last name begins with "B" something that seems to be a requirement, with the exception of Funchess. All your WRs can't be tall and lanky (Benjamin, Funchess, Bersin). Brown and Byrd could be awesome in the slot. Notice I did not mention Ginn. I am not sure he sees much time as a WR. Where/when do you play him? I think there are 3 right now better (Benji, Fuch, Brown). With Bersin and Brown coming on strong, do you block their development by giving snaps to a 30-year old poor man's Devin Hester?
I think we have upgraded at every position-especially OL, if that tells you how bad we were last year. We have 4 NEW faces starting this year over last season. We have a much improved WR corps. I think we will run the ball better. Cam is healthy. They see a 1-game improvement? On defense, Bene and Boston will no longer be rookies who were injured early on. Ealy will be a year better, and we improved, if you can imagine, at LB. Star will not be injured and KK is becoming a star. Norman too. We seem to have improved dramatically on special teams, the unit that cost us about 2 games last year. Give me the over. Panthers win 10.