For all of you who think that Strahan is done, and we're better off without him etc, I want to go back to this youtube clip I showed a couple of months back.
We've discussed this before. Our guys weren't lined up properly, and Pierce and Arrington both run away from the play to pick up a WR who was uncovered at the hike. But let's look at this play again, from this perspective: Michael Strahan's impact on our defense.
Now this play shouldve been at least a 6 yard carry. With both Arrington and Pierce running away from the play, the closest guy on the strongside to make a play on the RB behind the dline was a CB and a Safety. Now, that means he shouldve gotten at least 6 yards, with one cut, maybe he couldve taken it to the house.
But Atlanta made one crucial mistake. They broke rule #1: Don't run at Michael Strahan. Say what you want about the guy, but he's the best run stuffing DE in the league even to this day, and quite honestly, I think he's probably the best run stuffing DE outside of Reggie White and Deacon Jones in NFL history. He's that good at playing the run.
This is just one of the many examples Im sure the gametape can show of how critical he is to our team. Its no coincidence that we're 2-16 without the guy (check the #s, I could be wrong on the official W/L record). And for all those that think Kiwi would do better, think again, he only got 2 sacks on the season. Strahan even now is a force @ pass rushing. Im pretty sure if he played the season he wouldve had more than 2 sacks. You don't get better benching a HOF player. Even when he played against NO in the regular season at 40%, you saw the impact he had on our defense. He made plays all over the place. At 40% mind you.
Michael Strahan is still an integral part of this defense. He's not only a physical force, but also our team leader. You don't get better by replacing that. Spell him with Tuck to keep him fresh, use Kiwi in his pseudo OLB role, but keep Strahan on the field as much as you can. Strahan will be a force until retirement.