This is crazy that everyone is already throwing Zach under the bus. My sources are saying he's just fine.
Let's think for a moment:
What did Haley say about Zach during the OTAs 2 months ago? Answer: "That he is the most conditioned athlete currently on the team...it's kinda crazy too see that at as he is one of the oldest on the team"
THINK ABOUT THIS ONE:
Last year at age 35 playing for Cowboys, Zach had 94 tackles (Dallas coaches actually credited him with 166 tackles from film reveiw). However, Zach ONLY played 60% of the defensive snaps because Wade Phillips removed Zach on 3rd downs because Kevin Burnett is great in pass coverage. HELLO...!!!! If dummy Wade Phillips would have played Zach all 3 downs all year, which Phillips did say that Zach was "perfectly capable of playing all 3 downs but we want to keep him fresh throughout the season", Zach would have once again in his career surpass the 130+ tackle mark as he has 10 of his 13 seasons. Um...also he played a full year with no injuries at 35...impressive.
CHILL OUT EVERYONE!!!! Just 2 years ago Zach was named by all NFL Coaches as the "Smartest Defensive Player in all the NFL". John Madden calls him the "Peyton Manning of defense". Zach DOES have at least another 2 good years in him in fact, I will roll the dice that at age 36 he might be a Pro Bowl contender again. It could be possible, and this isn't a joke.
You HAVE TO rest a veteran like that that already knows the entire playbook and scheme Haley wants to execute. There is ABSOLUTE NO SENSE in running a guy raw for NO reason. Come Game 1 when Zach is starting and NOT Corey Mays, Zach will look as if he has been playing and practicing all of August. He's a NATURAL everyone! It's what he does. He's been proving his critics wrong his entire HOF career.
Would you take a '67 Corvette down a rough tough dirt road? That's what I thought.
One other thing...Zach wasn't cut from Dallas. He asked to be released if everyone remembers. He said after the last game that he did not want to return to Dallas = I'm getting the hell out of this messed up locker room!
SO ONCE AGAIN EVERYONE SIMMER DOWN AND LET"S GET READY TO KICK BALTIMORE'S A**!!