Versatility at LB

Posted by Darren Urban on September 18, 2009 – 3:00 pm

If linebacker Chike Okeafor can’t go Sunday with a bad shoulder, veteran Bertrand Berry would start in his place. It would also seem to leave the Cards dangerously thin at outside linebacker, because behind Berry and Clark Haggans there is only Will Davis, who has been working behind Haggans. This is why it hurt when rookie Cody Brown went down for the season.

I would think Ali Highsmith might be able to move outside if needed. The Cards could also lean more toward a dime package where safety Adrian Wilson can play a role near the line of scrimmage. But Davis is also ready to go to both sides. That was one of the things in mind when defensive coordinator Bill Davis went from the  strongside and weakside LB positions the Cards used to run and go with right and left — because with right and left, guys are asked to deal with the tight end and not.

“It’s easier, because right and left means you could be the rush guy or the drop guy,” Davis said. “When it’s strong and weak, the weak is always rush and the other guy is drop. That’s part of the reason you go to this. It’s hard early — the growing pains are ugly, you get all frustrated and you almost quit the project, but when you come through the other end, you can absorb injuries easier.”

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2 Responses to “Versatility at LB”

  1. By Dirak on Sep 18, 2009 | Reply

    I still don’t know why we let Togafau and Hobson go but I believe Davis can use Berry at a LB position. I dont know how well he will do in coverage but if rushing a QB is his duty, I don’t think Berry would have any problem. We wouldn’t be as versatile as before but for christ sake we have Hayes and Dansby lined up with him, how bad would we be. Besides, there is enough pressure to stop the run and to rush the pass from Dockett and Campbell already, our secondary just needs to take it from there.

  2. By Nick M on Sep 19, 2009 | Reply

    I’d like to see what Will Davis can do. He looked really explosive off the edge in the preseason and seemed to be the only consistent pass rusher from the second unit. I think he looked more comfortable then Cody Brown.

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