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    @TheBlueScreen: Perry Fewell answers a big question: Who's the Giants' starting MLB right now? Chase Blackburn, he says. #NYG
    @TheBlueScreen: Fewell also said Greg Jones, Mark Herzlich and possibly Keith Rivers will get a chance to compete for that job. #NYG

    Also Fewell said Boley has the skill to become the Mike but it's not best for him in the long run

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    Not a shocking statement. The two rookies didn't play much last year and Rivers is new to the team.

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      Huge News!
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        Doesn't really matter who they label as starter. if its Blackburn, he will end up with less snaps than our nickel back and jwill/rivers.

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          What do you think happens with Boley & Kiwi?

          Outside LB?
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            [quote user="lawl"]Doesn't really matter who they label as starter. if its Blackburn, he will end up with less snaps than our nickel back and jwill/rivers.[/quote]
            with better linebacker play, they may not feel so inclined to play nickel as much.

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            • #7
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              It's the off-season so this means squat.

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                Not saying much for our LBs if he calling Chase the starter. He is a good team guy with a great motor, but he is just not the answer for an entire season as the starting MLB.
                #80

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                  [quote user="nhpgiantsfan"]Not saying much for our LBs if he calling Chase the starter. He is a good team guy with a great motor, but he is just not the answer for an entire season as the starting MLB.[/quote]

                  you don't know that. Blackburn might surprise a lot of ppl. Motivation is a great motivator.
                  I miss Red Hook

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                    [quote user="nhpgiantsfan"]Not saying much for our LBs if he calling Chase the starter. He is a good team guy with a great motor, but he is just not the answer for an entire season as the starting MLB.[/quote]

                    Given the amont of snaps the MLB in this defense sees I think Chase will be fine. He might see 20 snaps a game.

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                      [quote user="nhpgiantsfan"]Not saying much for our LBs if he calling Chase the starter. He is a good team guy with a great motor, but he is just not the answer for an entire season as the starting MLB.[/quote]

                      Actually they are starting him where he left off last season. It's a position very much up for grabs.

                      GIANTS WILL PLAY CHASE BLACKBURN AS 2 DOWN MLB

                      "Chase Blackburn will be
                      the New York Giants' starting
                      middle linebacker when the team begins its training camp next month, but the
                      role has apparently shifted into a one- or two-down position, according to the New York Daily News.



                      Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell told the newspaper on Friday that
                      Blackburn, a seven-year veteran who was the starting middle linebacker to end
                      the 2011 campaign, will go "back to that role" to begin camp. He added the
                      caveat that there will be competition for the starting job.




                      "(Mark) Herzlich will have an opportunity to compete for that role. Greg
                      Jones will have an opportunity to compete for that role," Fewell said. “And
                      we're not opposed to putting Keith
                      Rivers
                      , giving him an opportunity to compete for that role. So there's going
                      to be competition.”




                      In the offseason, the Giants traded a
                      fifth-round draft pick
                      to acquire Rivers from the Cincinnati Bengals, who
                      were reportedly unhappy that he chose to undergo a surgery at the end of the
                      lockout rather than sooner.




                      "I sense that we're going to put it up for grabs," Fewell said. "Whoever can
                      take the bull by the horns and lead us will have the opportunity to step up and
                      play."




                      Last season, the Giants spent most of their defensive snaps in some variation
                      of the nickel defense to counter the spread attack that many teams are running,
                      the Daily News reported. With just two linebackers being used in those packages,
                      Michael Boley acted as a
                      "middle" linebacker, directing the defense. According to the newspaper, the team
                      is expected to play the same defense this season, meaning the starting middle
                      linebacker will essentially be functioning in a one- or two-down role.




                      "I don't think college football allows you to have a big, anchor middle
                      linebacker anymore because of the way college football plays," Fewell said. "And
                      I don't think the NFL requires that as much anymore because a lot of things
                      change with one-back spread teams that throw the ball all over the place."




                      Fewell went on to say, "We don't have a third-down middle linebacker. What is
                      a two-down Mike? We may have to redefine that a little bit as we continue to
                      evaluate what offenses are doing in the National Football League."




                      Fewell said the linebacking corps will be "an area of interest" for the team
                      this summer in large part because it has so many potential personnel
                      combinations."


                      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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                        [quote user="fletch842"][quote user="lawl"]Doesn't really matter who they label as starter. if its Blackburn, he will end up with less snaps than our nickel back and jwill/rivers.[/quote]
                        with better linebacker play, they may not feel so inclined to play nickel as much.[/quote]

                        Its about matchups. You don't want 3 lbers on the field when 3,wrs are out there

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                          then what was the point of bringing in Rivers? is he fast enough to play will? or instincive and strong enough for sam? where does he fit?

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                            [quote user="rainierjef"]then what was the point of bringing in Rivers? is he fast enough to play will? or instincive and strong enough for sam? where does he fit?
                            [/quote]

                            Passing downs

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                              [quote user="fletch842"][quote user="lawl"]Doesn't really matter who they label as starter. if its Blackburn, he will end up with less snaps than our nickel back and jwill/rivers.[/quote]
                              with better linebacker play, they may not feel so inclined to play nickel as much.[/quote]They will still play Nickel as the base. The NFL has evolved.With the rule changes 5 DB's is now the Base set

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