Originally Posted by cobra
an upgrade over Ellis, once you realize that a SOLB has value beyond sack totals. A SOLB in a 3-4 is not all about pass rushing.
I'd like to see Spencer get more sacks and think he is capable of it, but he has been ok. He has been very good in the other responsibilities of a SOLB.
Obviously it is correct to say that if he demands a crazy contract, we shouldn't give him one. But he deserves to be paid like a solid starting OLB.
I don't think many of you realize that it is going to be very difficult to improve on Spencer. As a 3-4 SOLB, there are just a handful of guys who are better than him, and none of those guys are available or affordable. Certainly no one in this draft will be an improvement on Spencer.
[View Full Quote]The smarter thing to do, if he is reasonable, is to keep Spencer and look to improve the lines. It will be substantially easier to improve at DE and NT than it will be to improve on Spencer. We should look in Free Agency and the Draft to improve the DL and that will help on the pass rush.
But if you think letting Spencer walk and plugging in Ingram or Upshaw will make this team better, I think you are in for a rude awakening when you realize we are no better (and possibly worse) at SOLB and were not able to improve at OG or DL with that first round pick. That's a bad draft.
i agree with this
the other plus with keeping spencer is that he already knows the system
the caveat is that we have to improve NT and DE positions along with CB and FS
if we do all that, i am OK with keeping spencer as long as he does not break the bank