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Oakland Red 07-12-2007 10:11 AM

M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
Paul Woody in the latest Team Report in Sporting News says that Marcus Washington will line up at defensive end in passing situations. Maybe this is old news, but it caught my eye.

That sounds like a great idea, taking advantage of our depth at linebacker, with Marshall or Posey able to take Washington's spot, and giving Philip Daniels more rest to keep him fresh on other downs.


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Mattyk 07-12-2007 10:24 AM

Re: M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
Yeah it's old news, but I agree I like the sound of it. MW needs to be more involved with getting after the passer, he's shown in the past it's something he excels at.

dmek25 07-12-2007 10:48 AM

Re: M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
if rocky can play, the skins have four linebackers that are NFL caliber starters

724Skinsfan 07-12-2007 11:09 AM

Re: M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
Hopefully the hip stays in good shape. Light guys like that need to use them to get around the lineman.

JDALY27 07-12-2007 11:27 AM

Re: M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
He seems a bit small to do a great job coming off the edge down in 3 point stance.

FRPLG 07-12-2007 11:38 AM

Re: M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
[QUOTE=JDALY27;327539]He seems a bit small to do a great job coming off the edge down in 3 point stance.[/QUOTE]

He's no smaller than Freeney really and it would only be on passing downs where I think they are concerend that his effectiveness could be hampered by the hip. From the reports we've heard Rocky has the athleticism to be great on coverage. We already know Fletcher and Marshall are good in coverage so keeping him in to rush the passer makes a lot of sense to me. I'd rather have those four guys in and either Daniels or Golston out on passing downs. Probably Golston as it sounds like Daniels will slide inside to DT in this situation.

jdlea 07-12-2007 11:40 AM

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So is this somehow some sort of indication that the team doesn't like the way he plays linebacker? (the way a lot of people took it when Marvin had LaVar do the same thing)

FRPLG 07-12-2007 11:47 AM

Re: M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
[QUOTE=jdlea;327543]So is this somehow some sort of indication that the team doesn't like the way he plays linebacker? (the way a lot of people took it when Marvin had LaVar do the same thing)[/QUOTE]

I really think it is more about looking at the talent we have and realizing that MW is probably a better pass rusher off the edge than everyone except Carter coupled with the fact that we have 3 more than capable LBs for coverage. It is just the best use of talent.

BrudLee 07-12-2007 11:53 AM

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I think this would likely be in Nickel/Dime situations. We'd simply take out a lineman instead of a linebacker. Makes sense, given our depth.

skins009 07-12-2007 11:54 AM

Re: M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
This is not a good idea, he is not a D end. It would be smarter to move him around or bring him off the edge with the idea of getting him matched up with RB or TE, not OT. I'm confident this is how G Williams will use Marcus!

GTripp0012 07-12-2007 12:18 PM

Re: M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
Finally!

Reason # 57 why Andre Carter was a bad signing.

But this, this is good news.

jdlea 07-12-2007 12:20 PM

Re: M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
[QUOTE=FRPLG;327547]I really think it is more about looking at the talent we have and realizing that MW is probably a better pass rusher off the edge than everyone except Carter coupled with the fact that we have 3 more than capable LBs for coverage. It is just the best use of talent.[/QUOTE]

I know, I was joking

JDALY27 07-12-2007 12:28 PM

Re: M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
[quote=GTripp0012;327554]Finally!

Reason # 57 why Andre Carter was a bad signing.

But this, this is good news.[/quote]

Andre Carter was a good signing. He is a solid member of our defensive line.

GTripp0012 07-12-2007 12:30 PM

Re: M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
[quote=JDALY27;327559]Andre Carter was a good signing. He is a solid member of our defensive line.[/quote]32nd best DL in the league.

Mattyk 07-12-2007 12:32 PM

Re: M. Washington at defensive end in passing situations
 
He played DE in college and isn't very much lighter than some DEs around the league. LaVar managed 11 sacks rushing from the DE spot, I think MW could be capable of similar results.


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