I believe Tim Anderson is the most important player on our defense this year.
I see a lot of love here for Kyle Williams, and most think Anderson is terrible. From what I’ve seen in the preseason Kyle seems to have the ability to make the big play, but he also just gets blown away sometimes. On several occasions I have seen Kyle get pushed out of the hole like he is on wheels.
I have liked what I have seen out of Anderson. He seems to be playing with a lot of fire this year, and he rarely gives up any ground. We need this guy to come up big in the middle this year.
All of our other tackles seem to be penetrators, and this is good for the pass defense but I’m sick of seeing running backs rip of big chunks of yardage right up the middle. I hate seeing a d-linemen make a tackle ten yards up the field. I guess I’m spoiled from the times of big Ted and fat pat when no one ran up the middle. So far I am not impressed with McCargo. I think he has a lot of work to do on his technique. While Kyle seems to always play low John seems to always be standing straight up.
Good play from the d-line will make the rest of the defense look better. Nate will once again be “lockdown” if he doesn’t have to cover for 5 plus seconds.
I have been very impressed with the d-ends this preseason. We have 4 strong players at that position; Powell looks to be a good pick-up.