Originally Posted by Cito Pelon
What's this "strong complement of linebackers . . . fastest linebackers in the League . . ." garbage. Fast, ok, but this is not an exceptional group of LB's. DJ looks like what I would call an exceptional LB, but I already know the rest of them are not exceptionally good. Next year is another chance to shine, and I like Wilson's competitiveness, he's no slouch, but Gold I already know is nothing special at all, and probably never will be. He's good at working Shanny for a nice contract, I'll give him credit for that.
dude, i think people are getting Q and Ian Gold confused. there are Little Americans and then there is Ian Gold. I bet he would make many of you look like midgets -- 6'0 ripped. Sometimes ideal size is blown way out of proportion, but tackling is basically a martial art and a fundamental aspect of football. Lest most of you forget that Ian Gold was a really good player for us....fast, versatile, tough, covers well, tackled very well for his size, and simply made plays. remember him flying around? remember his heart and hustle? his awareness and agressiveness? In fact, he is the namesake of Broncos LB 52. Luckily for BrncsLB52 we got another good #52 in the draft.
ok, so he dropped some passes and tore his ACL and had an idiot agent trick him out of denver. Mike Shanahan is a much more long term thinker and deeper human being that you realize. He told gold that they would take care of him even after his ACL. his agents talk him out of a reasonable post-injury offer and sign him to a crap deal on a team with a stalwart WLB already. Now we are taking care of him and we got to have tampa pay a lot of money for that post ACL cross-your-fingers year. It's gone. He played well and we can start to uncross our fingers that he will be healthy from here on out.
You guys also underestimate DJ Williams a lot. This switch will be much different than mobley. DJ is and always has been one of the elite athletes in the country. He can line up over tight end just fine. Our defense oft times frees things up and funnels plays to the WLB. Ian Gold is perfectly capable of making those plays and with him speed he can chase down the faster skill players. What we haven't had is a SLB that makes plays or has the athleticism, speed and size to cover, blitz, shed blocks, and make sick tackles. This change isn't analogous to the Mobley switch at all. WLB will get #'s in our offense, but I think Ian will be a nice WLB. Plus, sounds like they will share duties. And don't forget, we now have some meat up front in Warren, pope, davis, maybe brown, maybe tony williams, maybe pryce, maybe fresh meat, old slabs, june 1s etc 2 third rounders.... i just see Ian gold as the kinda blitzer that could change games against teams like indy. Wilson, DJ, and Gold will truly be a great trio i believe that WLB is just a player who has a simple job if the plate is set by the rest of the D. Williams is way better, has always found success, approaches things completely professionally and will succeed again in a primary role shift. If the broncos got a guy like brown and had his contract be incentive based, we could do nice things. lets not forget the good aspects just because of what we thought "the plan would be" perhaps pryce is the only aspect that is not working out. perhaps we anticipated the difficulty of a trade, are confident in his long term health, but put that out there more as an auction with a high reserve. right now, as far as im concerned, his use value is much higher than his exchange. id like to see him on the field next year. if he reverts to old form, we are paying him what we should. Darryl Garderner had a career year after back surgery. Ok, time to end the post when you use IHOP as an example to prove your point.