(02-08-2013 11:34 PM)Knight of God Wrote: Hey guys. Been a while, but its good to be here. McLendon gained a ton of weight to play NT man. Just his dedication and the type of weight put on is a good indicator of his team first character. I'd take him all day. Franklin has a couple more years, so yeah I'd take him.
A big misunderstanding of the position is that you can make great use of a NT in a 4-3 set by him doing the very same job. He would open it up for the UT and DE's.
Look at the front seven. DE NT DE, OLB ILB ILB OLB. Then a 4-3 is LE DT DT RE, WLB MLB SLB depending on the offense at the time. In a hybrid (which is what we use) One of the DE's would slide up into OLB position and merely scoot the guys over. You don't have to have a prototype NT, but you should. Its a minor shift that confuses QB's all day.
The NT doesn't HAVE to rush the passer as much as try and push into the center and whichever guard he is over. By putting weight into the gap, the two would focus on the NT and thus two blocks are now eaten. Now the UT/DE would have a one on one in many cases and the RB, FB, and/or TE would then have to focus on blocks instead of getting open.
That's the vanilla of it, so yeah...Franklin or McLendon changes the team dynamic. Only McLendon does it longer for us and with less wear and tear.
I completely agree and had no idea you were posting over here KOG.