Listening to XM on my way to work yesterday (OAK feed), I know ELVIS has arrived when it was a 3rd and long (obvious passing situation) and the announcer said: "Better know where Elvis is."
As HUGE as Fields has been to hold the system together (nuts and bolts), as magnetic and inspiring a guy like Dawkins is; The re-emergence of a legit rushing OLB like Elvis has done wonders to make this all work (3-4 scheme).
The offense simply has to fear a player. WHY? The key to the 3-4 is disguising who you are sending. The rush could be coming from anywere. NOW, if you sprinkle in the fact that you have to also identify where a specific player is (Elvis).... Well, it gives the 3-4 scheme that extra spice which makes its deception that much more lethal.
SO.... Champ finally has some help!
Fields is doing the dirty work; Dawkins brought accountability and leadership; and Elvis rounded out the package.
Davis & DJ have stuck their helmets into the mix and delivered the goods; and the MIA boys (Hill, Goodman & Holliday) brought this unit to another level.
What more can you really say? What until LeKevin returns (Thomas, Mcbean & Smith provide excellent depth to the DL rotation).
I look fwd to see what Baker can do when he gets his chance; if Moss will be heard from again; and just how Ayers develops during the course of this season (and beyond).
Finally, I have to add.... The brilliance of our draft plan, to fortify our secondary with quality prospects (Smith, Mcbath & Burton) that will be ready to take over from our aging DBs.... They get 2 years to serve as understudies, and then will be ready to step up and fill in. PLUS, how valuable is it to learn from Champ, Dawkins, Hill & Goodman.
I know this.... UNLESS we're beset with injuries... we wont be giving up 40-50 points to anybody; and there will be no DEC swoons around here. This team is tough and experienced!
My Mock: Nix / Martin, Jackson / Tuitt, Murphy BPA; Smallwood, Borland, or Skov MLB; Gaines or McGill CB; Hyde or Sankey RB; Abbrideris or Reese WR; Sunseri SS; D.Williams OT. Free Agents: A.Verner, L.Houston, J.Ihedigbo, A.Roberts, A.Howard. Re-sign DRC.