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DL Rotation Thoughts

I'd like to see Tony McDaniel and Jared Odrick become the starters and Randy Starks moved back to back-up Nose Tackle and here's why:

I feel that Randy Starks, Kendall Langford, and Phillip Merling have a great deal of untapped versatility that could be used even more effectively in a hybrid 3-4 4-3 front and used with a nickel defense 4-man line.

Our starters would be:

LDE McDaniel 6-7 310

NT Soliai 6-4 345

RDE Odrick 6-5 304

Langford, Starks, and Merling would be more than capable backups sent in waves, but they would be even more dangerous used on third and long and in passing situations because they are outstanding pass rushers and natural mismatches in quickness and power. Nickel DL specialists if you will.

I would hope that Nolan would use Wake/Taylor on either end with his hand on the ground:

Wake - Langford - Starks - Merling       OR      Langford - Starks - Merling- Wake

Taylor - Langford - Starks - Merling      OR     Langford - Starks - Merling - Taylor

I believe that the additional benefit that the mismatches/shifting would create in addition to having Starks/Langford/Merling fresher would outweigh the loss of Langford and Starks on the starting lineup. IMHO, McDaniel and Odrick are more stout against the run anyway, perhaps slightly less proficient at pass rush.

The nickel defense would include AJ Edds as linebacker with Dansby/Burnett and the nickel corner Sapp/Allen or

AJ Edds with Sapp/Allen and Jimmy Wilson as the dime safety.

One interesting feature is when the Langford-Starks-Merling rotation is in the base defense, you could morph more easily between 3-4 and 4-3 and cause more confusion...

4-3 look

LDE Langford, LDT Starks, RDT Merling, RDE Wake

LLB Misi, MLB Dansby, RLB Burnett

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3-4 look

LDE Langford, NT Starks, RDE Merling,

LOLB Misi, LILB Dansby, RILB Burnett, ROLB Wake

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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