Holy $hit balls our OLBs are awesome!! Is there anyone else out there that isn't completely blown away by the talent that we have at the position?!! Cam, Justin, and Andy to go with my man Tamba...damn ya'll, for real. I'm totally stoked. Week point of our D is ILB but I think we'll hold with Kelly Gregg clogging the middle. I guess the pass coverage part of the ILBs concerns me. Back to my point though, DAMN!! We have 4 of the best young talents in the NFL at the OLB spot. But what does that mean?? All these guys NEED playing time. But how should we divide that up?
First off, I was one of Tamba's biggest doubters when we switched to the 3-4. I thought he was too slow, too raw, and had a bad coordinator. The latter of which is true because Clancy sucks. But...he STILL played very well his first and only year under him. But speed, no problem. Proved me wrong. Raw, picked it up quick. Even in pass coverage and blocking off the outside run he did fine. Then Romeo comes in and knocks us all out of our socks!!! Romey's the man!! But what about this year, so much talent behind him. Shouldn't we save some of that gas in his tank and pull him on certain plays? That's the big question. Am I saying that Tamba WANTS a breather from time to time. We all know that man doesn't want to come out. But we have other options now so why not?
Cam is the best option to back him up in my opinion. He's got a year of watching under his belt. He knows WHAT to do, let's just see if he can execute. From what I've seen thus far that's a big check. So when do we send him in. First down? Add him as more of a lineman on passing downs with Tamba still in there next to him. Ooooo, scary.
Now, the other side's a little more controversial. I like Andy Studebaker, I really do. But Justin Houston has so much more talent. I think Andy is a leader though, which, to me, gives him the edge. I believe his leadership is important. I think his pass coverage skills are phenomenal for being a d-lineman in college and having no experience at it. Do you guys remember when Denver used to kill us with that damn bootleg when Shannahan was there. They used to destroy us with that and I don't see that happening with Andy holding that back side. When do we play him? Passing downs and rushing downs. I see him being Justin's Thomas Jones like Thomas is to Jamaal. Just in there to keep my new favorite player's legs fresh. (I just bought a #50 jersey)
So Justin, thank you sooooo much for smoking that bud before the combine. Thank you thank you, a million time THANK YOU!! You are going to be the Wallace Gillberry of 2011. You are going to play part time and make a huge impact. You do need to learn to not over-run these NFL QBs because you would have had at least 5 sacks against the Ravens but I digress...Justin has the talent, has the skills, has the awareness that you don't find every day in a rookie. No one in the NFL is gonna see him coming either. He's Romeo's new toy. I'd bet we see some sneaky stuff coming from Justin. I'm really stoked for this beast of a man.
Well, that's all I got. I've only posted 2 other post in the 3 years I've been reading AP. I'm not gonna say what every other newb on here says like "take it easy on me" or "this is only my first post". Be mean, you ain't gonna hurt my feelings. Oh, and I absolutely love this site and I'm so grateful for the opinions that are dished out on a daily basis. I fiend for AP. Literally!! As a recovering pain killer addict I know for a fact that I'm hooked on this site. So, representing Manhattan, KS, this is CalCapone, PEACE!!
P.S. If there is anyone that lives in MHK and wants to meet at a bar for the game and talk Chiefs before, during, and after, I'd love that. I'm so tired of sitting next to "Chiefs fans" that aren't hardcore fans and trying to have Chiefs convos with them. Especially now that they're playing well. The fair weather fans are coming out of the wood work. Just leave your email in the comments and I'll get in touch.