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Old 09-23-2009, 01:29 PM   #23
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Default Re: Miami's Wildcat Formation

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Originally Posted by El-Gonzo Jackson View Post
In the case of a CB...there is no guy next to him. Also the same as the LT who effectively plays on the "island" against the best pass rushers in the NFL.
OK, there's not technically anyone "next" to a CB, but the point is, if you have the best corner in the league on one side, but the corner on the other side is an easy target, or if one of the safeties is always getting fooled, then your pass defense is going to be shitty. The Raiders are (or at least were, this year is still TBD) a perfect example of this. You need all four guys to be at least decent.

Same with the OL. Ogden might be a brick wall at LT, but if the guys on the right side are always getting bum rushed, that's no good. I know LT-RDE is usually the marquee matchup, but if you lose any one of the 4-5 battles, the line isn't doing its job. USUALLY, it seems like that's not an issue, because teams that spend big money on a LT tend to bring in premium players elsewhere on the line too -- they just have problems at other positions.

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If you look at the really solid teams in the NFL, it all starts up front on the O-line and D-line. Offensively you need a very good LT to protect your QB and a good OG to help in the run game. The other 3 guys can be serviceable.

An O line can make an average RB look good. Otherwise how do you explain Willie Parker getting all those yards? Likewise a good pass rushing D-line can make a secondary look good.
True enough. You're not necessarily wrong; I just happen to be of the opinion that true balance is the better option for those positions. it's definitely possible to make it work either of those ways.

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IMO, the most overrated position in the NFL is WR, the next is RB. The league is filled with WR's who can run and catch if only the QB is good enough and has the time to get them the football. Antwaan Randle El didnt suddenly suck.....he just went to a place with a bad QB, so too with Az Hakim, Wes Welker, Mike Furrey, Deion Branch who all benefitted from a good QB and looked brutal without one.
I am 100% behind you on that one. Competent WRs are a dime a dozen; the Bears are the only ones who can't seem to figure that out. Same with decent running backs; only the Steelers don't know how to find one.

But there are a few -- and only a few -- RBs and WRs that are actually at the talent level where they can be game-changers independently. Moss, Fitzgerald, maybe a guy like Burress or Owens or Steve Smith, and that's about all the names that belong on that list. I don't know if there are currently any RBs at that level, but past examples would've been Bettis, LT, Roger Craig ... guys like that. All probably HOFers and by far the best at their position. Otherwise, I agree with you, those positions aren't worth that kind of money either, and $10 million for a rookie receiver or RB is just as bad.
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