By your assessment of the D-line, particularly Coleman and Lavalais, what would you say was the reason why the Falcons stopped the run so well last year. Was it because Jasper, Stewart, Draft, and Brady Smith were that good?
Lavalais played very well in 2004. No, he didn't have a sack, but he played just as much as Coleman & Jasper did last year in terms of # of snaps, and you never noticed much of a dropoff, except in the pass rush. So Lavalais has shown me he can get it done. And one thing I noticed over the 2nd half of the season was that opponents were more successful running the ball to the outside, and not up the middle. I don't recall too many big runs in the 2nd half of the year where the runner had a big hole in the middle of hte field. I attribute most of the big runs against us on the hole we had at RDE, with Babs and Davis handling that position, and there were many instances where both players were caught out of position. I have no problems with Lavalais. I think you'll be surprised at how much our interior D-line improves in 2006 without making any changes.
The defense IMO needs some more work, but I dont't hink we have to tinker with the core players. We need to upgrade over Webster eventually, but if we can improve the pass rush and allow him to be a bit more aggressive than he was in 2005, his play will improve. The safeties definitely need help.
But IMHO, 2005 was an aberration for this team. If all 11 starters returned next year, their play would improve just from the experienced they gained. Although I'm happy with our core, I do believe all 7 of them have lots of room for improvement. Demorrio is young and is going to be a force for years to come, you can mark my words. Sure, he made some mistakes, but he's a 2nd year player.
makes alot of plays but I wonder about his football IQ.
That seems like a very weird statement to me. First off, I'm not sure what that even means: His football IQ? Does that refer to his awareness and decision making on the field? Well, isn't it a bit odd to be questioning the IQ of a young player that spent a significant portion of his collegiate career playing DE? It just seems a bit obvious that because he's only 24 years old and is still somewhat learning the LB position that he is going to have poor awareness and decision making. That's something that veterans do well because they've seen things. But maybe that's just becuase I don't understand what the term "football IQ" means.
But it seems pretty clear at this point that we'll probably never agree on what needs to be done defensively. I think the talent is more than fine, it's just experience that is needed. You think that talent is lacking, and we need to add much more talent and more experience as well.
BTW, this is one person's views on Hali. It's Drew Boylhart from The Huddle Report. Drew is not always right (who is?) but usually if he says a guy is good, more times than not he ends up being right.
Drew Boylhart wrote:
Tamba is a very strong player with a very good burst off the line of scrimmage. He is a dominating player; he takes on a double team and blows it up very easily. He has good pass rushing moves and understands how to set up the RT so that he can get a sack at an impact time of the game. Tamba uses his hands very well and never seems to let a block into his body or at his feet. He reminds me a lot of Charles Haley (DE - 49ers, Cowboys).
Needs to Improve
I could nitpick and say I wish he were taller or his arms were a little longer or I didnâ€™t have to work for a living -- but whatâ€™s the use? All of that means nothing. The kid is a hell of a football player and Iâ€™m going to have to keep on working for a living!
Back in the 80â€™s, there was a player that played for the 49ers. He was one nasty SOB. If he made a great play and one of his own teammates hit him on the back and said, "Great play, Old Charlie!", he'd tell his own teammate to shut the hell up and get back on the ball. He was strong, never off balance, had a great burst and would tackle a train if it tried to come around his end. I've never seen a DE handle a double team better than Charles Haley until maybe now. Tamba has the same natural hand strength and body strength that Charles had. Now Iâ€™m not saying that Tamba is a nasty player, but I am saying that on the field, he dominates and overpowers his man and makes the players around him better. Charles was a hard player for some coaches to handle, but Tamba looks to be an excellent teammate and you can just sense the respect the coaches have for this kid on the field. Tamba is going to be an excellent strong side DE for the team that drafts him. He is quick off the line, has excellent overall natural body strength, has very strong hands, is smart and has only played DE in college for one year. As soon as he learns a few more tricks, this kid is going to be a fan favorite and a core player for his team. In my opinion, he is a top ten player in this draft. Some of the juniors will come out and force him back into a top 15 player, but I canâ€™t see him dropping further than that. He's a player that you should be able to plug into your line up right away.