It sounds like our new D-coordinator (former LB coach) is wasting no time in doing something we should've done a long time ago by giving Spencer Larsen a shot to start at ILB. All I have to say is, IT'S ABOUT TIME!!! I remember the Atlanta game in '08, when he and Woodyard started - that was the best our linebacking corp had looked in 5 years. We shut down Michael Turner and the league's second leading rushing attack. Then, inexplicably, he was pulled in favor of Ian Gold or whoever other crappy linebacker we had and we couldn't stop anyone for the rest of the entire year. Since then I've asked several times, "Why in the name of god do we not play this guy regularly on defense?" He is a tough, hard-hitting, smart, active, versatile player who can cover and stop the run. How has it taken our team - between our last two head coaches - this long to give him a shot at the starting job. I'm not saying we should take him off of special teams.
I know he's versatile. I know he can play fullback. That's fine, but who cares when the guy obviously appears to have elite potential as a linebacker? Kudos to our staff (probably Wink) for finally realizing this and reportedly allowing this kid to focus his energy on his natural position - Linebacker. I don't know about you guys, but the idea of starting DJ, Elvis, Larsen and then Ayers or Haggan (whoever earns the job at OLB) really appeals to me. If Haggan would be better at ILB and he earns the spot, fine. I just don't see how we could have a better option at ILB for next year than Spencer Larsen, unless we take McClain in the 1st. Again, this appears to have Wink's fingerprints all over it. He must have seen something in Larsen that Shanny and Nolan missed. If inserting Spencer Larsen into the rotation is one of Wink's first initiatives, I like this guy already.
(For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, check the FANSHOTS section for a link to the profootball weekly blurb about this).