But I thought someone on here was saying he was a safety & played most of his snaps there? Also had very few snaps at ILB. That poster must have been wrong or am I thinking of something else?
I still love the idea of him being a S. To me it opens up so many more options as a defense. Now, I didn't study him enough to know how is play in space translates to the NFL but his measurables are comparable other Sis in the league.
The ultimate way to use Simmons would be to line him up all over the place and disguse his role from down to down.
Assuming, of course, that he has the size, range and Football IQ to meet the challenge.
Each defensive snap figures to be an adventure, and it will be VJ's responsibility to make it all work.
Crazy how the Browns and Bucs both made the playoffs and the Cardinals missed even with "the eraser" and "the tiger king". So much excitement that turned into frustration. I am curious to see if anything significantly changes in year 2.This draft was tough for me. I liked both Simmons and Derrick Brown last year before they made the decision to return to school. That said, most people know on this board that I am a proponent of having a top offensive line to support a QB. I am disappointed we did not take Wirfs, but Simmons is a hell of a player. If he fails, it will be because the Cardinals were not smart enough to find ways to play to his strengths vs his weaknesses. I think Seattle, San Francisco and LA will target him. I think they will target his size, inexperience and lack of instincts. Simmons is a tremendous athlete and seems to be a good kid. Hopefully we don't mess this up.
What is frustrating for me is constantly having offensive line issues and yet instead of addressing it, you take positionless players on defense.This gets so frustrating. I get the idea of going back and re-examining choices but this seems super stupid to me.
On that day, there was (in my opinion) no legitimate argument for taking Wirfs over Simmons.
Sure..... looking back on it, Wirfs had a better year 1. I get it. But on that day, there was no way Simmons wasn't the best choice for this team.
And getting Jones in the 3rd was a coup!
This is just petty to me. Especially when you compare it to the Browns (did a lot more than add Wills) and Bucs (did even more than the Browns).
I guess this would be the HOF stat line that Simmons needs to hit. Over 12 seasons (I threw out the injury year), Brian Urlacher averaged this line.
7.5 Passes defensed
87.1 solo tackles
Good news. In his very limited rookie season, Simmons did show as a playmaker.
2 Passes defensed
43 solo tackles
You don't get it? You forgot how bad we struggled to cover TEs the year before, or did you wipe that from your memory?
You misunderstood his meaning.
Probably. Nothing else makes sense.
2nd half of the season it seemed like Vance was using Simmons properly and he just wasn't that great. Blaming his performance on Vance being a bad DC seems like the wrong take to me. I still think he will develop into the difference maker we need next season. So far it seems like players do much better in year 2 of Vance's system. He has the speed.
Anyone sore about Simmons over Wirfs should see that Odukah taken at 3 by the Lions was one of the worst corners in the league last year and Andrew Thomas taken at 4 was a human turnstile for most of last season who gave up 5 sacks to Reddick. No one knows who is ready to be elite year 1.
Isaiah Simmons was best defensive rookie at end of 2020, says Cardinals DC (yahoo.com)“He got off to a slow start last year, no doubt about it,” Trotter said on NFL Network. “But Vance told me if you track him from training camp all the way to the end of the season that he was the best rookie defensive player in the league last year.”
Problem is that he arguably wasn’t BPA & position value of a OT(even RT), is still higher than a off-ball Linebacker.I thought if you’re drafting BPA/need combo that Simmons was by far the better pick for us. Whirfs would, for the above draft formula, have been a bit of a reach.
Since you're almost still a kid, I'll say that your memory is pretty good.Just going by the mock drafts (cause I know zero about college players) Simmons was mocked before Whirfs almost every time. Sometimes Whirfs was mocked to us, but Simmons was gone by our pick in those mocks. Of course I’m going by memory (I’m 64) so who knows how accurate my memory is.