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LondonBengal


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:24 pm    Post subject: Pass rush ? Reply with quote

One of the positions we didn't address in the draft was DE.

How is our pass rush better than last year ?

a) better DT rotation and push up the middle ?
b) better coverage downfield with Dre K ?
c) The return of Dontay Moch ?
d) Geathers contract year ?
e) More from Lawson ?
f) none of the above, our pass rush will be worse........

Anything I've missed ?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The X factors are:

1) What can Moch contribute? He is a third rounder...
2) Can MJ and Dunlap improve?
3) Will adding two more penetrating DT's take some pressure off Atkins and improve the rush up the middle?
4) Will Harvey or Anderson give the team anything?

If those are negatives, the pass rush could be real bad...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theJ wrote:
the pass rush could be real bad...


Yup, thats my main fear now approaching the season, can we get to the QB consistently ?
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ROBERTFREEMAN


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it all hinges on Dunlap. If he has a year like the last 8 games of his rookie year we should be fine.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ROBERTFREEMAN wrote:
I think it all hinges on Dunlap. If he has a year like the last 8 games of his rookie year we should be fine.


Agreed. If he plays like that along with Atkins and the rest of the DTs that will allow MJ or whomever the RE is to thrive
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we will be fine, we've improved the D-line and Db's, but what concerns me is the LB play. I think we can get get torn apart by the short passing game. Our LB'er aren't really good on Pass Coverage!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ochocinco4pres wrote:
ROBERTFREEMAN wrote:
I think it all hinges on Dunlap. If he has a year like the last 8 games of his rookie year we should be fine.


Agreed. If he plays like that along with Atkins and the rest of the DTs that will allow MJ or whomever the RE is to thrive


Yeah if Dunlap can stay healthy I won't be worried about the pass rush. I can't wait to see what moch can do!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not worried about Dunlap. A better DT rotation will help the pass rush. MJ is the huge question mark and I think he can get the job done. As others said it will be interesting to see how we use Moch. I am also intrigued by Harvey and Anderson.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spartan300 wrote:
I'm not worried about Dunlap. A better DT rotation will help the pass rush. MJ is the huge question mark and I think he can get the job done. As others said it will be interesting to see how we use Moch. I am also intrigued by Harvey and Anderson.


This is where i'm at. Dunlap, Geno, and Still should be a nice 3/4 of the line, and I think we'll see more blitzing from Lawson this year. Moch and/or Harvey could see some time as a situational rush end trying to set the edge. Harvey intrigues me more than Anderson, this is far and away the best situation he has been a part of in regards to having the least amount of attention paid to him.

It's put up or shut up time for Michael Johnson. He either breaks out and has a huge year, or we're looking at DE in rd 1 in the 2013 draft.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not as worried about MJ as others seem to be. With Dunlap out, o-lines focused on stopping him. If everyone stays relatively healthy, he should be fine, especially if the rotation remains deep. Add to that his contract year is here, and i think he produces.
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