Re: Was Steve McLendon That Bad? And What About Louis Nix?
I read somewhere that Hampton sat out approx. 50% of the plays in games he dressed for in his last 5 years as a NG. The game has changed dramatically since when we drafted Casey.
Today, the inside zone plays are doubling on the NG. Back in the day, Casey drew double team blocking, today, it's par for the course. Unless your NG can stand up to being shoved around a 650lb of offensive lineman, and there is darn few that can stand up to that play after play, your linebackers better come to play.
When you look at the team D against the run with McClendon at NG, it was stout. Our problem was when we lined up in our dime package, and McClendon on the bench, we were susceptible to being gashed on running plays. Add to that, Vince WIlliams is not exactly the second coming of Potsie Farrior yet, and that may have been more of the issue.
As for McClendon, he may indeed be miscast as a NG, but the last time we moved a NG to DE was Kemo VonOlhofin and he tore it up at DE.