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    Do We Have Too Many DLinemen?

    All of a sudden we're more stocked on the DLine than LB. Seems a little odd for a 3-4, doesn't it?

    Hampton, McClendon, Keisel, Heyward, and Hood

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    Timmons, Harrison, Woodley, Foote

    Add in the rookies on each unit and call them a wash for now. Of course we've got Sly and Worlids, but I haven't seen enough out of those 2 yet to know what we have.

    Just seems like we've got more guys on the line and not enough LBs and this is supposed to be a LB's defense. What's going on?

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    shift to a 4-3 base front.


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    We are stockpiling the DL so when LeBeau goes out the door we can transition to the 4-3. Why else have we been picking up more DL versus LB the last couple of years? LeBeau is the only reason we aren't going to the 4-3 right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    We are stockpiling the DL so when LeBeau goes out the door we can transition to the 4-3. Why else have we been picking up more DL versus LB the last couple of years? LeBeau is the only reason we aren't going to the 4-3 right now.
    -------JH---------Timmons------Woodley
    --Heywood----Hood-----McClendon-----Kiesel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pops8 View Post
    -------JH---------Timmons------Woodley
    --Heywood----Hood-----McClendon-----Kiesel

    Woodley is a 4-3 DE if we would ever shift. Guy would be a beast.

    Timmons would be OLB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    Woodley is a 4-3 DE if we would ever shift. Guy would be a beast.

    Timmons would be OLB.
    I really don't know about that. Woodley is awfully short for a 4-3 DE. He plays like a base end but doesn't really have prototypical height or weight for the position. I'm sure he'd be good in a rotation.

    I wouldn't be against switching to a 4-3. And, I agree that Tomlin has hedged his bets a bit with some of the personnel he has taken. But, I'm not sure Woodley is as natural a fit at 4-3 end as you suggest.
    Even if Bill Belichick was getting an atomic wedgie, his face would look exactly the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    Woodley is a 4-3 DE if we would ever shift. Guy would be a beast.

    Timmons would be OLB.
    Yes, I thought about that as a possibility as well. But in that scenario, who do you put at MLB? Certainly not Foote I hope.

    Of course its all piss in the wind...it isn't going to happen. Its just pissin' in the wind conversation (and I am feeling quite damp.)

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    We're thin at DL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash View Post
    We're thin at DL.
    As long as Casey Hampton remains on our roster, we'll never be accused on being thin at DL.


    Difference maker in the middle needed to replace Shazier.

    Offer picks 1.28 & 3.92 plus WR Martavis Bryant to ARZ for pick 1.15. They only have 5 draft picks now, plus their WR's are undersized (John Brown & J.J. Nelson both 5'10") or old (Larry Fitzgerald 35 y.o.).

    Gets us ahead of BAL at 1.16, who's looking to replace the retired ILB Zach Orr.

    1.15 Georgia ILB Roquan Smith 6'0" 225
    2.60 Stanford FS Justin Reid 6'1" 204

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    As long as Casey Hampton remains on our roster, we'll never be accused on being thin at DL.
    good point, but Chris Hoke has certainly gotten thin (this pic taken at recent OTAs)


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