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    So I have been juggling this idea in my head since the beginning of the season. I might of even mentioned it once or twice as a comment. But I have an idea that if it works would give us a dominate line for yrs to come. This year if little retires, then you move C.Long to LE, you draft Suh, (best college player IMO), then u keep Ryan, and Ramsey, maybe Gibson, who was injured, and at RDE, u put Adam Carriker. We know he's not gonna be a DT, he's to small, and when he gets big, or heavier then he suffers a SEI, (season ending injury). So before we release him, and label him as the next Vernon Gholston, or J.Russell, or even R.Pickett, we should let him play his natural position. If it works, a Dline of where the oldest person is 25, would be a line that would keep us in contention for the next 5 yrs. If it fails, then we can plug another body in, but overall, pending on back-ups, its a great idea. Comments are apprieciated


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    Re: More Sacks

    He was 296 in college and plays DT at 308. That means he gained 12 pounds and his body fell apart? But the odd part is that it's his shoulders that have had the most problem, how does that relate to size gain? He had nagging ankle injuries at Nebraska and they returned at the pros. Sorry but I don't buy into the weight gain argument.

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    Re: More Sacks

    Ok first, nobody currently in the NFL should be put in the same category as J. Russell. He's so bad it's laughable.

    Anyway, a lot of people will point out that Carriker's "natural position" is probably closer to a 4-3 DT than a 4-3 DE. That being said, Spags likes to move his linemen around and we're going to need a DE in the worst kind of way next season, so I like the idea of giving Carriker a lot of snaps at DE (provided he can stay healthy for more than 1 snap) and seeing what he does.

    Drafting Suh and shifting Carriker to DE could give us a decent if not stellar line short-term and sets us to have a dominant line a couple years down the road.

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    Re: More Sacks

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick_Weasel View Post
    Ok first, nobody currently in the NFL should be put in the same category as J. Russell. He's so bad it's laughable.

    Anyway, a lot of people will point out that Carriker's "natural position" is probably closer to a 4-3 DT than a 4-3 DE. That being said, Spags likes to move his linemen around and we're going to need a DE in the worst kind of way next season, so I like the idea of giving Carriker a lot of snaps at DE (provided he can stay healthy for more than 1 snap) and seeing what he does.

    Drafting Suh and shifting Carriker to DE could give us a decent if not stellar line short-term and sets us to have a dominant line a couple years down the road.
    This horse has been beat to death. Carriker is way too big, and way too slow to play DE in a 4-3 ....

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    IMO, Carriker is more af a 3-4 DE. Not agile and does not possess the necessary agility required in a 4-3 DE. However, if he was not so injury prone, I think he would make a fine DT in our scheme.

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    Re: More Sacks

    long, carriker and suh in a 3-4 scheme...never happen with spags but that would be an incredible d-line...if only we had some backers...

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    Re: More Sacks

    I've been frustrated with the lack of sacks, but I see the problem. Talent.

    Chris Long is a LE, playing RE. He's been getting much, much better as the season progresses and he's coming on strong. I'm a huge supporter of his, and think a move back to the Left side would do wonders for him.

    Clifton Ryan has All Pro potential, he just plays next to a bunch of bums. If we get a good Defensive Tackle in Free Agency, such as Coefiled, or a draftee such as Suh, or McCoy, Dan Williams... whoever, someone that's GOOD, Ryan will be a beast. Currently he's a beast with no one beside him. He's the #1 player I look to resign this off season.

    Bring back Carriker after a pay cut. I know he's been struggling, but perhaps Spagnuolo can work with him. He'd be a decent backup, he's shown flashes, and from the recent history of letting Defensive Tackles go ( Ryan Pickett, Damion Lewis, Jimmy Kennedy ), he'll be a Pro Bowler on another team.

    I would LOVE to see Spagnuolo and Deavaney attempt to bring in Shawn Merriman in the off season. While it's a long shot, he could play SLB / DE for us. He'd come at a high cost, and he'd be a bit of a risk, but I love the thought of him in Spagnuolo's scheme with his creativity.


    Lack of sacks = Lack of talent.

    Next season when we add 1 or 2 more starting Defensive Lineman ( DE, and DT ) and 1 or 2 starting OLB ( WLB, and SLB )... we'll see a LARGE improvement of defense.

    This season was one where Spagnuolo and Deavaney scout what we have, and find what we for sure need. The needs consist of:

    - Starting QB
    - Backup RB
    - Right Defensive End
    - Starting Defensive Tackle
    - Weak Side Linebacker
    - Strong Side Linebacker
    - Wide Receiver
    - Tight End

    It seems like a lot, yes.. But it's not something that is a 3 year process. You sign a veteran QB in the Free Agency, and draft a franchise Quarterback in the draft to start grooming him, and your good.
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