Quote from my post: "If they develop they way you seem to think they might (best case), all is well."
On what planet does that equal "No chance of playing at all. No one can step up, no one can develop, no one could possibly make plays."???
As to your question about proven backups, I think there are definitely some 3-4 teams that have three 'proven' OLB's. The third guy won't be at the level of two starters, but at least they know what they have in that third guy.
Green Bay, well, they know what they have in Matthews - a future Hall of Famer for 8 games a year; the other 8, hampered by injury.
What they have in Perry is a guy who (up until 2016) had at least as many injuries as Matthews - it will be up to him to prove that 2016 is not a fluke.
So who's gonna start opposite Perry when Matthews is out (or playing, but ineffective) for his customary 8 games? You say 'it hasn't happened yet'. I say it has happened practically every season of Matthews' career.
Or who's gonna start opposite Matthews if Perry should prove that the prior years were the norm and 2016 was the exception? You say 'it hasn't happened yet'. I say, one year of health after four years of constant nagging injuries... we'll see which way it goes this year.
Elliott so far: inconsistent play, benched by the coaches for (basically the same reason they cut Michael) followed by some decent special teams play (which is a good sign, but hardly proves that the light has come on for him at OLB), followed by an injury-plagued 2016 campaign. The guy has raw talent - we see that every preseason. But so far, he's been nothing more than a tease. Will this be the breakout year? Maybe. Or maybe not. Time will tell. Notice, I did NOT say "won't happen". I said WE DON'T KNOW!!!
Fackrell? I know, I know - needed to gain strength. But as bad as he was getting pushed around, can he even gain enough strength be competitive? The gap between him and the guys he was going against looked more like the Gulf of Mexico. Usually didn't seem like he even belonged in the NFL. Concerning, to say the least - usually, even if a guy isn't physically ready, you at least see SOMETHING to make you think the guy can play...
And that's about it. All the rest weren't even on the team last year - so there's no way of knowing what they have there.
I totally agree about the potential at the position. They 'could' have a really good group there. But just because Matthews and Perry are hurt so much, it would just be nice if they had a "Jahri Evans" as an OLB3 - someone who could step in and just be decent, assignment sure, and serviceable. Don't expect a third Matthews (when healthy)...
But, they don't have that guy. So, they're pinning a lot of hope on a lot of unknowns. And that's the sum total of what I was saying.
Which is TOTALLY DIFFERENT - not even in the same ballpark - as "No chance of playing at all. No one can step up, no one can develop, no one could possibly make plays."
« Back to index