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Old 05-11-2004, 10:21 AM   #16
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Could be BL, but I'm thinking more along the lines of LaVar thinks he knows what kind of player he is and what his strengths are.

Obviously he didn't think he was being used correctly by being asked to put his hand down and rush the passer. But Lewis saw Arrington's potential in rushing the passer and felt that on 3rd downs he could be a valuable weapon. 11 sacks later it is clear who was right.

Arrington has the potential to average a sack a game if he puts his mind to it.
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Old 05-11-2004, 10:44 AM   #17
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No doubt Matty. I'm sure his own self-image has fed into his perception. I just think that his coordinators, by and large, have done little to make LaVar more complete. When Lewis asked him to do something he wasn't familiar or comfortable with, he had issues. He's been more comfortable "being LaVar" than being a complete player. Thankfully, it appears his perception is changing.
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Old 05-11-2004, 02:42 PM   #18
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Maybe his recent statement shows maturity. Maybe it shows that he doesn't know what he doesn't know. Time will tell.

A talented player who fights with his coach over where to play and the degree to which he can "freelance" and then takes that controversy over the coach's head all the way to the owner is not a player who is "all about winning". Arrington has been - more than a few times - a spoiled petulant brat. The fact is that he is supremely talented and he has gotten away with it in the past. He is much less likely to get away with that nonesense under this regime! The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Arrington is most likely to "rebel"; Joe Gibbs is most likely to kick him in the butt if he does. That is not the way Arrington has been treated in the past.

Arrington was much the same in his days at Penn State. He was a star player and the main foundation of an excellent defensive team. He was NOT the most beloved player on the team by the coaching staff or many of the other players. When he did not get his way., he sulked or he just went and did what he wanted to do.

The degree to which LaVar Arrington accepts the coaching and the direction given to him by the defensive coaching staff will be the most important factor in seeing how much better the defense gets this year. And don't just assume that it will be an easy adjustment for Arrington or that he will do it naturally. He's never been able to take direction very well in any situation in the past.
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Old 05-12-2004, 03:29 AM   #19
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[QUOTE=. LaVar's role has been changed more than Darren on "Bewitched". Let him do one thing for two seasons in a row - whatever that one thing is - and we'll see the player he can be.[/QUOTE]

A "Bewitched" reference. Good God. Kudos to you, BL
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