Originally Posted by Edman
Where is the "run-stuffing dominance" that you said Hood was incapable of and that only Smith, Hampton, and Keisel could do? You're right, Ziggy Hood can play in his scheme, but his ability has been neutered thanks to our questionable defensive coaching. Ziggy Hood was PUNISHED for his production.
Everything he said here is correct. Our young guys are often punished and scrutinized for their production. Look at McLendon's production in the preseason and yet he's on the bench for Hampton. While I'm not convinced that Hampton is the problem on the line, it's time for Steve to get in the game with Heyward and Hood and have a young defensive line.
I think this will be the last year that Keisel and Hampton will be on this line and when there is the infusion of youth, the sack total of Woodley and whoever is on that right side (c'mon Dion Jordan!) will skyrocket. Until then, the over-the-hill linemen will keep playing and quarterbacks will consistently have 5 seconds to throw.