True, but doesn't mean they will be effective at it. Joe Webb can play receiver, but he sucks at it.
Originally Posted by HEY
The point of a nosetackle isn't to beat a doubleteam, it's to clog the middle of the line. With Pat, he'd line up off the Center, and push him back into the A gap, filling up both A gaps with one guy. We haven't had a guy who can do that well in a long time. THey're not going to ask Floyd to do that right away as a rookie. There will be sets where they're both in at the same time, but don't expect a ton of it right away.
2. Just because a DT doesn't fit the 330+ pound criteria doesn't mean he can't be a force against the run. There's other way to beat double teams than with just power.
We've had no edge against the run. We have played relatively poorly against the run in the past few years. In games against teams like the Redskins, Panthers, or other teams with a fast QB, giving up holes in the middle is the way to lose
3. Let's say Floyd and Williams start. I'm fine with giving up a little edge against the running back if it gives us an edge against the QB.
So stick 4 DEs out there at all times?
3a. This is a QB league.
Except we often didn't come out early and score, and the prevent is an awful way to play defense. We came out early against the redskins.. they ran it up our gut, then sealed the deal with a long RGIII run.
3b. Minnesota as a team is designed to score early and play prevent defense. That was at least the recipe last year. This makes for far more pass-rushing situation.
Nobody's saying we didn't get a goodp layer. The point is to see what we have. There are busts all over. Players that 'can't fail' sometimes just suck. I don't expect that, but hopefully his statistical production in college isn't an indication of what he'll do in the pros. I'm not doubting it, I"m not being pessimistic, I'm just saying to pump the brakes a bit and let the kid take a single snap in training camp before crowing him the cat's ass.
I don't base my evaluation on where a guy is drafted. Scouts and GM's make mistakes all the time (e.g. Tom Brady in the sixth round).
1. Floyd was projected to go in the top 5 by many highly respected experts. Mayock for example had him gone at number 3 to the Raiders.
2. I don't really care what other people say. Watch film on Floyd and then tell me number 23 was a fair spot for him to be drafted!