The OLB ends up coving a Slot WR or the TE. It's a much more athletic position.
Middle Lbs routinely cover the RB/FB when they go man. Now this isn't a golden rule because defenses are complicated and offenses build motions ands shifts to build an advantage.
It's a crap-shoot whether or not the player you draft will be better than the one you let walk & rather than improve your team, you may have set them back. Find your replacement first & if he proves to be better, then make the move.
They didn't think Brinkley was a three down backer so they didn't want to pay him.
But it would seem to put the Vikings in a position where they have to draft based on need more so than best player available. That can lead to reaching.
I guess we wont have to wait long to see.
The 4–3 defense relies on having a sure tackler at the middle linebacker spot. Most notably, Monte Kiffin's “Tampa Cover 2” scheme makes high demands on the MLB, requiring him to have above-average speed, and additional skills to be able to read the play and either maintain his central position to help the outside linebackers cover short passes, drop behind the linebackers in coverage and protect the zone of the field behind the outside linebackers from 11–20 yards out, or run up to the line of scrimmage to help assist in stopping the runs.
Thanks for the read, but with that being said, I don't need an article to know what our MLB's job is. Hey, this is a crazy idea who gives an even more accurate description: Why not watch the games? :crazy:
All jokes aside (with underlying truth), since this is a Manti Te'o thread. Should it come to a decision between speed (which I already proved is not much of a difference among this year's inside 'backers) and instinct, instinct is my first choice. And Te'o shows great instincts in zone coverage.
.. but I have a feeling that we are all a bit ahead of ourselves here. First of all, how do you define speed? In football terminology, my opinion is that "speed" is the how fast the player runs at his maximum, "explosion" is how fast the player moves in one movement, and "quickness" is how fast the player reaches his maximum.
Out of all those three, quickness is the most important ability of a linebacker. What most people tend to not know is that Te'o has solid quickness. The ten yard split is a much better indicator of quickness than the 40 yard dash. Manti Te'o had the same ten yard split at the Combine as Ogletree.