When Laurinaitis is clearly out of position and being blocked out of plays to even the casual observer's eye, a little bit of concern is warranted.
Originally Posted by HUbison
Tony Romo is 3rd in the league in passing yards. Does that mean he's better than Peyton, Eli, and Rodgers?
Laurinaitis leads the league in solo tackles. Kuechly is the only MIKE with more total tackles.
The tackle statistic doesn't tell the whole story and I hope a fan of your caliber realizes that. Just because a player has a lot of solo tackles doesn't mean they're necessarily "good" tackles. The tackle could have been made 10 yards past the line of scrimmage after he was blocked out of a play and had to run down the RB. Obviously not something I would expect from a "top-tier" LB. But sadly a bad tackle counts the same as a good tackle on paper so that does cause some confusion.
No one is worried about his sack total. Let's not rush to build a straw man argument. That's like someone saying Bradford sucks because his rushing yards is lower than Newton's...and although there are some big Bradford haters on this forum, even they have not said anything of the like.
Yea, but HUb, look at JL's sack total. He only has 1 sack.
True. And the top MIKE in the league only had 3 sacks. That's like trying to gauge a FB by how many rushing yards he has. Good to see, but far from indicative.
Again, straw man argument. :eek:
Yea, but HUb...but HUb...what about his pass coverage. He only has 1 interception.
Again, the top MIKE in the league only has 3. The fact that JL has even 1 puts him in 4th place.
Again, trying to reinforce your straw man points. The issue here is not his interceptions and sack totals.
The MIKE directs the defense, and gets to the ball carrier. They don't typically rush the passer. They don't typically haul down passes. Could JL improve his game? Yes, just like the other 52 members of the roster.
The OP never stated that MLB was a position of need. He claims Laurinaitis' play on the field is a bit concerning, and the truth of the matter is that he is right.
There's plenty of things that need to be fixed on the defense.....both Safeties, at least one OLB, youth & experience, an offense that will keep them off the field for longer than 3 plays, etc. But I honestly think trying to pin MIKE as a position that needs to be addressed is not the way to go.
No. The issue on hand is his performance on the field regarding his ability to get to the ball carrier effectively. Clever attempt though to spin the argument in a different way by redirecting the OP's concerns into something completely unrelated.
Originally Posted by AvengerRam
To reiterate, JL's lack of "impact plays" is not the topic of discussion right now nor is it concerning anyone.
OP's concern of JL in being soft at the point of attack and ability to shed blocks ≠ His interception and sack stats
What does this have to do with anything? So because he is the de facto "QB of the defense" he has free rein to under perform?
Whatever you think of his performance, one thing can't be denied. He is the the "QB of the defense." On many plays, he looks like Peyton Manning before the snap - barking out signals and moving players around to adjust to the offensive scheme.
Obviously we all appreciate JL's intensity as no one is questioning his vocal or IQ skills on the field, but again the topic on hand is how he does not look like the same player we have seen in previous years.
Don't worry...I have just under 4,000 and I am ALWAYS right. :)
Originally Posted by Torry Holt