If Hawk wouldn't have to be pulled o ff the field on third down, he would have never been asked to take a paycut. I'm linebacker envious of the 49er's. I love Matthews, but we have considerable dropoff after that.
Obviously YOU have know clue why players play when they do.
Love it !!!! Gonna be able to laugh at your posts for another year!!!
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"In February, McCarthy and Dom Capers, his defensive coordinator, had an extensive conversation about how to improve what had been a lousy defense. They looked at playing-time totals for players from scrimmage and on special teams, and neither liked what they saw."
"Together, they reached the conclusion that too many players had played too many snaps before their most important game of the season against New York."
"Using playing time from the regular season only, official league statistics reveal that 10 members of the defense played more than 800 snaps from scrimmage and on special teams in 2011.
Morgan Burnett led with 1,116 snaps (1,081 on defense, 35 on special teams). Charlie Peprah was next with 1,047 (933, 114), followed by Tramon Williams with 997 (994, three), Charles Woodson with 994 (988, six), Erik Walden with 971 (902, 69), Clay Matthews with 968 (954, 14), B.J. Raji with 932 (872, 60), A.J. Hawk with 885, (880, five), Sam Shields with 856 (735, 121) and Desmond Bishop with 844 (836, eight).""McCarthy said Hawk was a better performer playing 65% of the defensive snaps, as he is this year, than playing 80%, as he did last year."
When the team's research people bring McCarthy the playing-time sheets now, he has to be pleased. At position after position, the burden and the hits are being shared, exactly as he hoped they wouldGeneral manager Ted Thompson clearly was on board with McCarthy's diagnosis. One reason he selected defensive players with his first six draft choices was to give the coaches the manpower to implement their plan.
"That's why we got those young guys," said McCarthy. "Coming out of training camp I felt like, hey, we might not be starting the season the way we really wanted. But we felt we had to get those guys ready because we wanted to get better at the end of the season."