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  • Giants Move Kiwanuka to LB

    wow, he was good at DE.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2853745
    Mathias Kiwanuka is changing positions and moving into the New York Giants' starting lineup at linebacker.

    The linebacker spot has been a concern since Reese waived veterans Carlos Emmons and LaVar Arrington in a salary cap move earlier this year.

    Moving Kiwanuka is an attempt to get another good player on the field. Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora both went to the Pro Bowl in 2005, but missed considerable action last season with injuries.

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  • #2
    Wow, he's a smart guy but that's going to be a rushed transition.

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    • #3
      DUMB move.


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      • #4
        i don really like it, he was a damn fine DE.

        i wonder what BBD will think


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        • #5
          Fine move. He will be utlized properly as a LB on 1st and 2nd downs....pass rusher on 3rd downs when he is in there as a blitzer from wherever. He was often in coverage last year and he always did a forimiddable job, had 2 INTs.

          The guys that say it is a "dumb" move....I'd be suprised if you watched more than 2 Giants games last year.
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          • #6
            They needed an outside backer and why draft one when you spent a pick on a guy last year. Besides it is not like theyre losing a starting DE.

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            • #7
              I think it's a great move by the Giants. They have two great pass rushers in Strahan and Umenyiora so why not try to get them on the field at the same time, as well as a guy who showed a lot of promise last year in Kiwanuka?

              A smart move.

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              • #8
                i can see y they'd do it. they have 2 very talented ends and their LB issues over the last 2 years have been a concern. I'll be interested to see how he makes the transition, and will he stay there if Usi or Strahan get hurt during the year?


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                • #9
                  If I'm correct, the Giants defensive scheme is more of a 4-3 over than a traditional 4-3, with the SLB lined up on the line of scrimmage. They'll use him in the same way that they envisioned they would use Lavar Arrington.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by yourfavestoner View Post
                    If I'm correct, the Giants defensive scheme is more of a 4-3 over than a traditional 4-3, with the SLB lined up on the line of scrimmage. They'll use him in the same way that they envisioned they would use Lavar Arrington.
                    I love how you said "envisioned".

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                    • #11
                      It depends how they use him. There are a lot of match-up Backs and Tight Ends in the NFC East. I would worry about him, if they ask him to cover. If they use him as a Shawne Merriman type, attack the backfield on every play, I think it will work.

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                      • #12
                        There are definitely plenty of ways to effectively utilize a rush 'backer in a 4-3 scheme, but, like Shiver said, they can't protect him from covering 100% of the time and until he gets used to that aspect they won't be able to leave him on the field as much as they'd probably like to.

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                        • #13
                          I really hope the job isn't just handed to him. Strahan won't be around too much longer and Umenyiora/Kiwanuka could be a beastly combo.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by diabsoule View Post
                            I think it's a great move by the Giants. They have two great pass rushers in Strahan and Umenyiora so why not try to get them on the field at the same time, as well as a guy who showed a lot of promise last year in Kiwanuka?

                            A smart move.
                            Do you know how often Strahan hasn't been able to play in the last couple of seasons? He's about done with his stellar career. This probably will be his last season.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by yourfavestoner View Post
                              If I'm correct, the Giants defensive scheme is more of a 4-3 over than a traditional 4-3, with the SLB lined up on the line of scrimmage. They'll use him in the same way that they envisioned they would use Lavar Arrington.
                              Exactly how he'll be used. Kiwi is extremely smart. I wouldn't be surpised if on top of learning to play SLB, that he will also take part in some of his old DE drills. If Strahan or Osi were to go down for any period of time I would expect Kiwi to go back to DE and DeOssie to step in at SLB.

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