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Somebody is having crazy ideas regarding the Saints linebackers. But is it the New Orleans media...or is it the Saints' coaching staff? God, I hope it's the media.

 
Quick Out, May 17, 2013 [Updated]

This just in from Nakia Hogan over at Nola.com: outside rush linebacker Martez Wilson, the Saints’ own version of Barkevious Mingo, “is being used as the strong side outside linebacker…”

Huh?

Follow along with me here. Yes, that ’backer does sometimes cover the tight end, and it’s important that he be able to cover the tight end. But that ’backer also sometimes gets blocked by the tight end—usually a big guy, and usually a practiced blocker. So the Sam ought to be the bigger and stronger of your outside linebackers.

And that’s Junior Galette, not Martez Wilson.

On the other hand, the weakside linebacker lines up outside the left tackle, in the perfect position to speed-rush the quarterback from his blind side. So the Will linebacker needs to be the faster, more athletic of your outside linebackers.

And that’s Martez Wilson, not Junior Galette.

Hogan also speculates that not only will Wilson and Victor Butler—the two outside ’backer candidates who are actually [*ahem] linebackers—compete for the same starting position, but Galette might alternate at strongside linebacker with

[okay, at this point I have to warn you to keep your hands away from your genitals while reading this, because sudden violent movements may have profound repercussions on your future]

Will Smith. A career-long 4-3 defensive end who has never been an outstanding speed rusher, and he’s expected to be more effective than Martez Wilson or Victor Butler in the speed rushing role? Is this just Hogan having acid flashbacks, or is Ryan actually considering this?

Now, obviously Rob Ryan has forgotten more than I’ll ever know about football. I get it; that’s a given. But this is still an important question: just what exactly has he forgotten? This isn’t as bad as putting Wilson at nose tackle and having John Jenkins play rush linebacker, but it’s a difference of degree, not of kind. We have good personnel—far better than the rest of the NFL is willing to acknowledge—but they have to play the right positions.

Am I crazy to be worried about this?

UPDATE 5-18-2013: Well, disinformation or not, Hogan’s article is developing legs—kinda like the monster in Carpenter’s version of The Thing. Someone named Alejandro Aviles, writing in RantSports, now tells us that Junior Galette is the favorite to win the weakside linebacker spot. Gosh, where did he glean that snippet of info? You figure he has a mole inside Metairie headquarters? Or…maybe he just read it on Nola.com. Yeah, that’s it.

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  • Doc BoudinMay 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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    The thought of Will Smith as a speed rusher gives me no small amount of gas. No, you’re not crazy to be worried about this. Many other things, perhaps, but not this.

    And thank you for your concern, but I have two small children, and frankly want nothing further to do with my genitals.

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    • PhilistineMay 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm

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      And thank you for your concern, but I have two small children, and frankly want nothing further to do with my genitals.

      I thought the mom usually did that.

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      • Doc BoudinMay 18, 2013 at 12:30 am

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        I can’t speak for everyone, of course, but I don’t think my mom has ever really had much interest in my genitals.

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  • FriarBobMay 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

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    Do recall this is nola.com. By definition, if they say it, it’s one of the following:

    1) made up out of thin air
    2) misphrased or otherwise inaccurate due to sheer incompetence.
    3) flat-out false

    I’m not worried… yet.

    I still don’t actually like The FlorioTurd, but at least he knows at least a little something about football and has minor concerns for occasionally being semi-accurate. When he puts something like this on PFT, then I’ll start to worry… a little bit.

    And if Ryan was actually in any way involved as the source of the story, it’s probably him having fun blowing smoke and laughing at morons too uninformed to realize he’s feeding them a line of manure.

    Now if I see them lined up that way on the field, then I’m going to go WHAT!?!? And then I’ll wait for the snap and hope I don’t have to go look for a paper bag to hide my head in.

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  • PhilistineMay 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm

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    I think I hear laughter coming from the general direction of David Drive.

    “…No, wait. Get this. I told her that Martez Wilson was – [snicker] – starting at Sam backer.”

    “And she bought it? HAW, HAW, HAW!”

    Wait – I think I just heard it again.

    Seriously, even if that were true, it’ll take three or four practices or one preseason game to get everything straightened out. For what it’s worth, I can see Will Smith at Sam – if he fits anyplace in this system. Vilma will be at full speed – which he wasn’t at any point last year. Butler should be solid. The Saints have so many linebackers that they could field a softball team with them. Some of them are even good. I won’t worry until he starts against the Falcons on Week 1. Even then, I’ll wait until I see how he does. If he does. I might start worrying then if he ends up with lots of cleat marks on his back from being run over so many times.

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    • PhilistineMay 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

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      For what it’s worth, I can see Will Smith at Sam – if he fits anyplace in this system.

      Did I call it, or did I call it? Of course, there’s no guarantee that he starts there by the time Week 1 rolls around – or even that he’s still on the team.

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  • Breesus Christ SuperstarMay 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm

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    After the hook, line and sinker approach the media took with Goodells bounty fib, I think the organization will be giving the media nothing but BS just to prove a point, and of course for laughs.

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  • PhilistineMay 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

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    Update: These bozos are just killing time and click-trolling, because nobody has anything to base this on – including the team. Some OTAs, rookie/new guy camp – that’s it. And, since the Saints more-or-less field the best players regardless of draft position AND since the team as a whole hasn’t seen the field yet, then Nakia Hogan, Alejandro Aviles and/or Ricardo Montalbán (I know he’s dead, just go with it) have no clue who’s starting practically any defensive position. It’s a trip to Fantasy Island (yes, I went there).

    Fantasy Island – sounds like a good start for a Photoshop session to me. Easy for me to say.

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