A linebacker can only be so good if the players around him aren’t good.
We saw that with Luke near the end when our D started to tail off. Shaq then was left with that same defense for the bulk of his career.
Now that the talent on defense has greatly improved Shaq is able to play his position and not try to do too much/overcompensate.
I don’t know Whether there is different coverage or not pertaining to CMC but if there is a difference I would not think that it is significant or creates any issues for anyone. CMC is healthy (with a tweaked hammy), in the prime of his life, has a very nice contract, a smokin hot GF and a bazillion dollar home. Seriously doubt he’s sweating his media coverage.
good players are recognized when they play well. Maybe we should focus on real problems instead.