Who Has an Edge at LB for the Rams?

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Who Has an Edge at LB for the Rams?

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For Okoronkwo, Playing for the Rams is an Edge Rusher's Dream

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The problem with your question is that each LB position in Wade's scheme is different. In other words they require particular athletic abilities to fill specific roles. So are you asking who is going to start? That in itself is a loaded question in Wade's defenses. He likes to keep his front 7 fresh so he rotates them frequently.

In Wade's scheme one of the OLB normally lines up as the 4th dlineman playing the LDE position. Normally this player is the designated outside pass rusher on the left side. But he also will be asked to drop into coverage so he must have some coverage skills. He must also be able to set a hard edge. Using the Baltimore designation for this player (they play the same hybrid 3-4 that Wade uses, that player is referred to as the RushLB.

In their base defense Wade will sometimes forgo the send OLB and play with 3 ILB's depending upon who the opposition is. Case in point if they play a team with a strong run attack then the SAM position will probably be played by and OLB. If they are more of a passing oriented attack the SAM is more likely to be a smaller but faster ILB.

In the middle you have the MIKE who normally is your enforcer type of LB. At this position quickness and strength are valued over straight line speed. Prototypical MIKE would be in the 6'4" 240 lb range with the ability to stack and shed and play downhill.

The 4th LB is the WIL and normally he is a coverage LB watching for the RB in the pass game. He's basically a second SS.

Bear in mind that Wade will flip the defense at times depending on match ups so that the Rush LB is on the weak side (RDE).

IMO the MIKE position is Kiser's to lose in camp.
RushLB will probably be Ebukam because he has the speed to play from 5-9. I think Obo will see significant snaps but primarily form the 5 position, maybe a 7 on occasion.
No question the WIL will be Barron.
The SAM position IMO is the real only question mark. IMO Longacre is probably penciled in as the SAM. Young might be a pretty good option. He's got average speed, but with his basketball background he understands how to move in traffic. When I look at the game vids I don't see the power and first step explosiveness you want in a DE. With his length he could be a decent SAM.



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oldnotdead wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 4:20 am
each LB position in Wade's scheme is different. In other words they require particular athletic abilities to fill specific roles.
Exactly.

The LBers seem to more "role players" than 3 down LBers. I think the rookies were brought in to fill a specific role rather than replace a player on the squad.



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