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    Where's the tape on THIS guy?!?!

    If you watch enough Nike, Reebok, and UnderArmour commercials, you'd be convinced that football is only about who's the fastest, toughest, and strongest. The truth is, you have to be the smartest as well. Physical attributes will carry you only so far. You have to study as well. There's a reason they give all those prospects the Wonderlic......football is the science of violence, not a monkey poop fight. It takes a little education.

    Guys like our own Marshall Faulk and Corey Chavous are the epitome of film students. Both are known for their hours of work in dissecting the opposition...and, on Sundays, it shows.

    However, sometimes, you run across a team that sneaks a player in on you. A guy who just hasn't had a lot of camera time. Those are the ones you have to worry about.....the camera-shy individuals who are making their game films.....AGAINST YOU!!!

    With that in mind, I give you a run down on new faces from some of the teams we'll see, who have little to no game film.

    1. Denver - Mike Bell (RB) - Is Shanahan really going to start this rookie over veterans Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne? For now, it would appear so. Mike Bell is a powerful runner with a lot of collegiate experience. He led Arizona in rushing all 4 years. He has good instincts and cuts well...a perfect combo for the Shanahan zone blocking system in Denver. However, he can get caught up in traffic and isn't the most stable fighting through a gap. But let's face it, this is the Shanahan system we're talking about....Mike Bell, Tatum Bell, Alexander Graham Bell, somebody is going to run for 1000 in Denver.

    2. San Fran - Vernon Davis (TE) - We've all heard the opinions....he's faster than any LB, he's stronger than any Safety, he leaps tall buildings in a single bound, his tears can cure cancer, etc. But where does the man meet the myth. Truth is, his physical aptitudes are unmatched, and yes, he should cause a lot of matchup problems. However, what are the niners to do with him on running downs? He's just not a very consistent blocker. For all his power, he is not a very solid blocker.

    3. Arizona - Calvin Pace (SLB) - With Dansby out of action (and maybe out of football), Pace is thrust into the starting Sam position. This converted DE will have his hands full learning a new position in a system which requires reaction and pursuit, a tough spot for the 275 pound DE in a stand-up position on the outside.

    4. Detroit - Ernie Sims (WLB) - Sims is a lot like the guy next to him, Boss Bailey; outstanding athlete, poorly disciplined. Bailey seems to have grown out of it, so can he help his rookie partner, Sims, do the same?

    5. Green Bay - Tony Moll (OG) / Jason Spitz (OG) - It'd be easy to pick AJ Hawk on this one, but this rookie combo at Guard is very intriguing to me. How will our re-vamped interior DL do with a pair of rookies across from them? Moll and Spitz are peas in a pod, so to speak. Both are converted from other positions (Spitz from Center, Moll from TE and OT). Both are great athletes who can pull and slide well along the line. However, both have some technique problems (as to be expected with converted position rookies) and neither can handle larger defenders (ie. Kennedy) that well. How long does Favre go before pulling the plug on his new blocking tandem?

    6. Seattle - Chris Spencer (OG/OC) - Whether it be Womack at Guard or Tobeck at Center, Spencer will be seeing some action this year, one way or the other. He's a tough, smart, extremely strong player who has a solid technique. Some scouts have questioned his lower-body strength, but his ability to stay low on defenders can mask some of that.

    7. Carolina - DeAngelo Williams (RB) - By the time we play the Panthers (week 11) chances are, DeShaun Foster will probably be sidelined with an injury, leaving Williams in the starting role. Williams is a shifty, quick cut-back type of runner. He's very elusive and can make defenders miss even in short distance. What he lacks is the power to punch through narrow running lanes and the high-gear to separate from defenders.

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    Re: Where's the tape on THIS guy?!?!

    Interesting AND intelligent article, well resourced.

    BTW, among our young Ram players and rookies, that's why I sometimes favor the individual that seems to consider his place and his duty in a more cognitive, intelligent and/or studious manner over a competitor whose advantage may only be physical.

    QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, TE Joe Klopfenstein, WR Kevin Curtis, etc. Not to say that they don't hustle as well!

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    Re: Where's the tape on THIS guy?!?!

    Thank you HUBison, that was great for a newb like me.

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    Re: Where's the tape on THIS guy?!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    If you watch enough Nike, Reebok, and UnderArmour commercials, you'd be convinced that football is only about who's the fastest, toughest, and strongest. The truth is, you have to be the smartest as well. Physical attributes will carry you only so far. You have to study as well. There's a reason they give all those prospects the Wonderlic......football is the science of violence, not a monkey poop fight. It takes a little education.

    Guys like our own Marshall Faulk and Corey Chavous are the epitome of film students. Both are known for their hours of work in dissecting the opposition...and, on Sundays, it shows.

    However, sometimes, you run across a team that sneaks a player in on you. A guy who just hasn't had a lot of camera time. Those are the ones you have to worry about.....the camera-shy individuals who are making their game films.....AGAINST YOU!!!

    With that in mind, I give you a run down on new faces from some of the teams we'll see, who have little to no game film.

    1. Denver - Mike Bell (RB) - Is Shanahan really going to start this rookie over veterans Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne? For now, it would appear so. Mike Bell is a powerful runner with a lot of collegiate experience. He led Arizona in rushing all 4 years. He has good instincts and cuts well...a perfect combo for the Shanahan zone blocking system in Denver. However, he can get caught up in traffic and isn't the most stable fighting through a gap. But let's face it, this is the Shanahan system we're talking about....Mike Bell, Tatum Bell, Alexander Graham Bell, somebody is going to run for 1000 in Denver.

    2. San Fran - Vernon Davis (TE) - We've all heard the opinions....he's faster than any LB, he's stronger than any Safety, he leaps tall buildings in a single bound, his tears can cure cancer, etc. But where does the man meet the myth. Truth is, his physical aptitudes are unmatched, and yes, he should cause a lot of matchup problems. However, what are the niners to do with him on running downs? He's just not a very consistent blocker. For all his power, he is not a very solid blocker.

    3. Arizona - Calvin Pace (SLB) - With Dansby out of action (and maybe out of football), Pace is thrust into the starting Sam position. This converted DE will have his hands full learning a new position in a system which requires reaction and pursuit, a tough spot for the 275 pound DE in a stand-up position on the outside.

    4. Detroit - Ernie Sims (WLB) - Sims is a lot like the guy next to him, Boss Bailey; outstanding athlete, poorly disciplined. Bailey seems to have grown out of it, so can he help his rookie partner, Sims, do the same?

    5. Green Bay - Tony Moll (OG) / Jason Spitz (OG) - It'd be easy to pick AJ Hawk on this one, but this rookie combo at Guard is very intriguing to me. How will our re-vamped interior DL do with a pair of rookies across from them? Moll and Spitz are peas in a pod, so to speak. Both are converted from other positions (Spitz from Center, Moll from TE and OT). Both are great athletes who can pull and slide well along the line. However, both have some technique problems (as to be expected with converted position rookies) and neither can handle larger defenders (ie. Kennedy) that well. How long does Favre go before pulling the plug on his new blocking tandem?

    6. Seattle - Chris Spencer (OG/OC) - Whether it be Womack at Guard or Tobeck at Center, Spencer will be seeing some action this year, one way or the other. He's a tough, smart, extremely strong player who has a solid technique. Some scouts have questioned his lower-body strength, but his ability to stay low on defenders can mask some of that.

    7. Carolina - DeAngelo Williams (RB) - By the time we play the Panthers (week 11) chances are, DeShaun Foster will probably be sidelined with an injury, leaving Williams in the starting role. Williams is a shifty, quick cut-back type of runner. He's very elusive and can make defenders miss even in short distance. What he lacks is the power to punch through narrow running lanes and the high-gear to separate from defenders.



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