OK man I get it. But again the point stands about scheme fit. 4-3, or more often what you guys have you don't even have a Sam on the field most of the time. So that part I do get what you are saying.
But a 3-4 zone is a totally different animal. I mean I don't care if my corners can't cover as long as they can tackle. But you need linebackers that can run the gamut. I'm not gonna take a guy like Paye and toss him in at 3 tech or zero nose even if he's technically a defensive end. By definition a 3-4 defense has to blitz more. I know you're talking 5+ here but in a 3-4 you have to have to sniff out what side the extra guy is coming from because you only have 3 down. t makes it easier to scheme for blitz packages.
Your point is taken because I know you know your stuff but at the same time, what are we seeing in practice that says not to send that 5th guy? Is he just gonna be wasted? Is there gonna be a 20 yard gap on a seam or a slant if I do send him?
You can make a case for several, and depends on if you're talking Indy fans, national, or just plain $$....
Most underrated IMO
MAC - graded out extremely high, highest pass catcher catch %, led TEs in yards, only one drop, had some great intermediate to deep routes. Still everyone screaming for a better TE instead of simply more targets for MAC.
Willis - I know we don't ask a lot our SSs, but he's been a great value from the 4th round.
Pascal - I think most fans like him. He's not top tier WR and should probably be a depth guy, but he does a ton very very well.
Glow - He's one of the best weak links on any NFL OL.
Hines - I think too many people want to grade him as a typical RB, instead of an APB. He's one of the best APBs in the NFL.
Carrie - Great NB back up, and decent CB backup. In our scheme, we don't really miss a beat when Moore is out.
IMO, Smith gets plenty of recognition and respect,,,, and he'll get paid.
I just learned that Harvey pitches for the Orioles now. I just saw a commercial on TV showing that he will pitch in this series.
I once liked Harvey very much, but I was not displeased when he left the Mets.
Competition, challenging others, demanding improvement...this is Ballard beating the bushes for "players" to make other players better. He may not make the roster but, because he's pushing others, the roster will be better. I have no issues with this signing and hope that he comes in here and EARNS a spot. If he does, he elevated the lever of competition.