- Jan 17, 2011
Confused. Keep seeing that we need 2 inside linebackers. But then everyone posts 4-2-5 and 3-3-5. Is that not 2 or 3 LBs playing? We don't need 4 with 2 inside there do we?
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This is just speculation. In this scenario I would see Mitchell as the Mike. J-Banks is strong and fast with a good nose for the ball, so I would have him as strong side OLB. J-Banks is probably Coach Banks' Micah Parsons wannabe. They may even utilize both to do it at different times. But who plays the other OLB? Who are in the 3 deep depth chart as several posters have said? It gets murky.
In the 4-2-5, you have an edge rushing DE added and drop an OLB unless you have a guy or two that can play both competently, which is rare. One of the S is usually strong in run support. That presents a different depth issue. Less LB's needed, but the type of LB you need is important for the depth chart. Page is not an ILB as an example. He played it in the O/W game, but he doesn't have the physical attributes to play it well game after game IMO. He's an OLB.
You need both schemes to keep from being predictable and to match up better with opponents. Will leave the gap discussions out because how well guys handle the related techniques that are required determine the scheme used most and who you recruit to build depth. Suffice it to say we need more talent, minimal injuries, and no more stupid off the field stuff to happen.