I need a 'bama expert. Drama? FC? anyone?
can Hightower play 3 downs in the NFL? Can he cover Jermaine Gresham up the seam and get the angle on Ray Rice on a swing pass?
no, but neither can Timmons or any other ILB.
What Hightower CAN do is throw offensive linemen around like ragdolls and annihilate the middle of the offensive line on a fire x
we're doing in reverse @ ILB what we used to do at CB. We're forgetting their primary purpose
for the longest time, we had a bunch of tackling CBs that couldn't cover. Now we're trying to get coverage LBs who can't tackle.
newsflash. Snack is gone. Timmons can't get off a block from a TE without getting washed out of a play. We are going to get ANNIHILATED up the middle next season if we don't put some beef in the middle of that defense. For the love of Christ, Chief, and chocolate chip cookies, we need to do SOMETHING to maximize our borderline wasted $50 million and 1.15 investment. Hightower is that guy.
We already know that Tomlin doesn't trust Timmons to run the defense. Saban trusted Hightower to run his defense. Saban didn't take him off the field, and we all saw how woefully pathetic and overmatched Timmons was when he went outside. hightower immediately upgrades 3 positions
2. WILB (by being a "mobile space eater" to defeat blockers for our little bonus baby)
3. backup OLB for when Woodley or Harrison go down