There is but one mission for John Marshall and the unit he coordinates in 2010: Stop the run!
So, where do you go when you’re in search of personnel to improve a near decade of run defense deficiency?
The fire sale in Cleveland, that’s where.
While the former first round pick hasn’t ever lived up to the potential displayed in his 11-sack rookie season, he does bring an added dimension to the Oakland defense. Wimbley spent his college years playing defensive end at Florida State and figures to see time both standing up as a strong side linebacker and getting down into a three point stance as an end. Not unlike the manner in which Marshall utilized Trevor Scott near the end of last season.
Wimbley’s arrival means little as far as the futures of Thomas Howard and Kirk Morrison are concerned. More so to the point, the Wichita native will be expected to replace the team leading 7 sacks lost in the release of Greg Ellis.
How does this move help to improve the run defense? Well, it doesn’t.
Until Al Davis grafts a few modern principles onto his throwback defense, the continued woes will persist regardless of the personnel. Wimbley is a good addition and his talents should blend well with the gameplan. However, this defense is still a Commodore 64 in an Xbox 360 era.
John Marshall has been dealt a strong hand. Too bad he’s being told how to play his cards.