Linebacker play

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  1. studegator
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    Those that know football strategy better than me can answer this-
    How would you rate our linebacker play this year? Seems to me if you
    are going to stop an opponent from running up your gut, the linebackers need
    to fill the hole and stop the run. Or is it a matter of scheme?
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    Could be. DL needs to keep OL tied up and off the LBs. Some play it differently. I prefer to clog the middle with bodies and force the offense wide and let my LBs floe to the ball that way.
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    After Easley's injury I wrote that the entire defense ate at the table that Easley set. The LB play was pretty bad yesterday and has been down without Easley.

    Florida doesn't have a single player who can take on the double teams that create 1-on-1 situations for the o-line as well as open gaps for the lb's.
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    Prior to yesterday the LBs didn't have to do much because the RBs rarely made to the second level. Yesterday when the RBs made it to the 2nd level, they almost always made it to the third level with minimal resistance from the LBs.

    So I'd rate the LBs as the weakest link of the defense. They're small yet still not exceptionally fast, and don't seem particularly nasty.
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    LSU blocked the second level very well yesterday. However, like Champ said, you gotta get off blocks and make plays. Too often, our LBs didn't.
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    Antonio Morrison and Mike Taylor disagree with your nasty comment. :laugh:
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    Significant drop off from Bostic and Jenkins ...from a talent perspective those guys very big an very fast
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    I've been saying all year that I felt this is the weakest link in the defense. I sure hope recruiting is addressing this. No slight on the current group, I'm sure they are doing the best they can but it's just not good enough for SEC play.
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    FWIW, during the game, Gary Danielson said that Les Miles' gameplan was to take it to the Florida linebackers because, while athletic, they were undersized.
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    They have been average at best all year. Those 4 are no where near the two the they replaced.
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    Mike Taylor looked the best out there. Guy is not afraid to hit, or take charge of the defense. He's the real deal, and everyone should be grateful we have him.
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    Taylor is beast! He has done a great job this year and I'm really happy he's back there. The others have had some moments, but on a whole they have yet to play as well as we all expected!
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    The D had a sub-par game. Our LB'ers aren't All-American's but they are very good. The problem started up front. We lost the LOS (if you don't believe me, go listen to Coach Muschamp...he'll tell you).
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    Guys why all the talk about our LB"S? We lost the game by 11 points to a good team that scored 38 against uga last week. When you hold a good,talented team , in their house to 17 pts you should win the game. Our D is fine but our OL isn't hitting anyone in the mouth, misses assignments and makes dumb mistakes ergo we lost the game. We need the read option and the line needs to block someone...anyone!
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    6 points....
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    We should put Ronald Powell on a milk carton.
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    While I agree that the LBs last year were better, they had the luxury of not only having Easley on the DL, but also Shariff Floyd. If both of those guys had played for us Saturday, our LB play would've been spectacular.
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    This is the worst group of linebackers we've had since Channing Crowder had someone else play next to him. Seriously I can not remember who was with him but Im pretty sure they were awful and it made him look amazing by comparison.

    But that statement isn't really a knock on them as its more we were pretty damn good at LB..Especially when we went from Siler to Spikes to Bostic. However, whenever we give up big runs (specifically early vs Arkansas) you can see the linebackers getting too aggressive and completely ignoring their gaps altogether.
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    Reid fleeming and Brian Crum or was it Todd McCullough? Earl Everett I think was playing as a freshman too. My memory is foggy bug there have been some bad Lb years.
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    The lbs are not all world but they are solid between Ball,Morrison, Taylor and Powell. Yes, LSU ran on us but that is also because LSU is really good. There is truth to the fact that are style of play limits possessions and does make our defensive team stats look inflated a bit. Also, Easley made everyone look better. In fact I think he made our o-line better because the opposing d line probably stared at him in disbelief of how awesome he was. It probably got into their heads and started questioning their own self worth and they played with a lack of confidence. That is why LSU's d-line dominated. Easley wasn't in there to mess with their heads.

    All kidding aside, the linebackers are very good but are not elite.

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