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Maybe A DE Rusher Is Not Such A Big Need?(Williams schemes)


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It was interesting listening to Phillip Daniels latest on redskins.com. About 5 1/2 minutes in, he has a dismissing reaction to a question/ comment about our needing a rushing specialist on DE. He talks about how its all about GW's schemes that creates that impression with fans, and how that's typical of otusiders opinions (my quick summarization of his words, so listen for yourself), and how as long as the "coaches know" what's going on "that's all that matters". He says our appearance of an issue there is simply the way GW schemes his D and not the lack of the teams ability to rush at the position.

It's another example to me of those glimpses of the apparent, or at least stated, gulf between what people on the inside say sometimes and what I (many of us) on the outside say.

I sure think we need a rushing DE, and have for a couple years. But I hear this, and I'm trained to regularly challenge my "sureness" (gee, ever been absolutely sure of stuff just to find out you were completely wrong ;) ) and it makes me wonder about these gulfs of perception. Is Daniels just wrong? Certainly possible. Or is he right, and thats why the team didn't and hasn't addressed the situation (to date) causing our "arrrrrrrrghhhhh, why are they getting another CB/LB?" reactions? What if they don't again this off-season?

It reminds me of the similar rifts between how I (and many others) see Brunell's ups & downs vs how the team and Gibbs seems to see them, or Jacobs, or Pat, or etc. Players and even head coaches are as fallible as anyone, but I always allow for the possibility that few of us in our genious are more likely to know the Real Deal. Though I'm almost always right, myself. :D

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All you have to do is read the interview with Greg Blache on this site. He makes it very clear that our DEs are not asked to take those wide rushing lanes that you see those so called rush specialists take. For the most part the DEs, and the entire DL for that matter, are asked to take on blockers and keep them from getting onto our LBs and deep into the secondary.

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For the most part the DEs, and the entire DL for that matter, are asked to take on blockers and keep them from getting onto our LBs and deep into the secondary.

Although this is true, how much of that is Williams' fitting his scheme to his players??

I don't think Coach Williams would turn down a fast,young DE who could get him 9-11 sacks all by himself.

I think he's just doing what any good coach would do. Evaluate his talent and fit his scheme to their strengths. :2cents:

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