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11-08-2012, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Moonlapse Vertigo View Post
Hah, apparently, Bighill is "extremely disappointed" that he wasn't the West nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player. The Lions argument? The Eskimos defense finished last the against the run and were second worst against the pass whereas Bighill led the best defense in the league.

Pretty absurd. I guess they missed the fact that this is an individual award and Sherritt has been the runaway favourite all year long.
Its not at all absurd. Sherritts stat is very much an artifact of the injuries on this club, lack of starting middle linebacker talent, and a team that was weak defensively this year (should've been strong)

When you look at the Leos Bighill ends up with less tackles because theres so many defenders on that unit that plant guys on the turf. Just a dominant unit. Which doesn't detract at all from the notion that Bighill is a heat seeking missile that rarely gets beat on a play. Sherrit will make the wrong read and allow a long gainer by somebody he should have covered many more times than Bighill would.

If we had a more dominant D line alone Sheritt wouldn't be first man in on many plays. This being the situation Bighill experiences in BC. The play is shutdown instantly by the line. BC simply allows far less backfield scampers. A team dominant against the run with a strong D line affords a linebacker less opportunity to be the first one in. Its pretty simple and the Lions are correct.
********** for saying it maybe, but correct.

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