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Bernard vs Dodson: Tale of the Tape

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On 3/16/2023 at 2:11 PM, 947 said:

I thought Bernard had promise, but then I saw the 1 game he started. He was so bad that didn't look like he belonged on an NFL field, I don't think he played another snap all year after that. Aside from the fumble return TD in preseason, I didn't see any of the speed that was talked about. He looked no faster than AJ Klein in coverage, and he appeared to be about the same size as James Cook. He needs another 10-20lbs, hopefully that's what he's working on.


I'm still hopeful for him in the future, but there's no way McBeane trust him to be a regular this year.


You're almost right as far as defensive snaps, but that was because he was primarily backing up Milano.   Milano only missed 5 snaps the rest of the season and that was against the Bears where most of the defensive starters were pulled at the end of the 35-13 game.


My guess is that Bernard looked slow because he was trying to process what he saw and convert it to what he was supposed to be doing, and not because of lack of actual physical speed.  In other words, that OODA loop thing (Observe-Orient-Decide-Act).  Milano and other veterans go from Observe to Act because placing the observation in context and knowing what their role is in that context has become automatic.  Bernard was thinking too much.  Once he becomes more experienced, there's a good chance he won't need to think and he'll speed up, but it'll probably take a season+ of play just as it did for Edmunds.


And of course, maybe he won't get there: some players do and some don't.


As far as overall snaps, Bernard played 70% of the ST snaps the last part of the season.


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On 3/17/2023 at 8:46 AM, ScottLaw said:

You think a first round pick on a LB is a good use of resources?


Eight weeks ago I would have agreed with you. For me it's about how much I love Jack Campbell as a fit for our team, not about wanting a LB in the 1st round. On defense I think more than talent we are missing a certain type of player. Big, physical, imposing. I see Jack Campbell stop guys dead in their tracks and drag them backwards. He's big and hits like it. I don't want any defensive player in the 1st or 2nd round that doesn't fit that mold. I don't think it's a coincidence that our defense gets pushed around in the playoffs every year. We're missing players that have a violent edge. To me, adding that edge to our defense is just as important as adding talent on offense.

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It was obvious at Bernard's drafting that he would replace Edmunds. You don't use a third rounder on someone you intend to be a backup forever. With Edmunds a pending UFA the writing has been on the wall for awhile now.


The reality of the salary cap NFL is that a few of your starters will have to be low-priced, mid-round picks who you HOPE will work out.


We can't afford to sign a good LB. And I much prefer they take care of the offense early in the draft.


It's probably Bernard's job to lose. 



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