Trevor Scott at Defensive End Still Not Enough to Stop Run

It’s official!

After much speculation and rumor about Trevor Scott moving back to defensive end, Tom Cable confirmed the decision yesterday.

Scott moves to end, Quentin Groves to start at the weakside linebacker spot and Matt Shaughnessy goes to the bench.


Both Scott and Shaughnessy are pass rushing specialists. Neither does much good against the run which just so happens to be the continued weakest link for the Oakland Raiders. With a date with a 2,000-yard rusher looming, this move might be an improvement but not by much.

Scott was moved to linebacker late last season and was moved back to end late this preseason. His strongest suit is to get up field and put pressure on the QB. Against a mobile thrower like Vince Young the move makes sense but it does not do much to improve the ever awful run defense.

Who knows, this could just be a temporary move. If nothing else we’ve learned from this preseason is that nobody should feel comfortable with either their role or position on this roster. With defensive tackles becoming fullbacks and third string linebackers becoming starters overnight, there promises to be plenty of uncertainty from week to week.

For now, Scott moving back to end is a definite upgrade against the run where Shaughnessy struggles but it is not a massive improvement.

Of course the proof will be in the product on the field Sunday. Naturally, the hope is that this will be a change for the better. However, the reality is that it is highly unlikely to be the final change.

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  • Black Panther

    Why, I agree that Scott is weak against the run, but you floored me by saying he is an upgrade over Shaughnessy. Did you watch the games last year? Shaughnessy is MUCH better against the run. IMO, he lost his starter spot because he may bad decisions against the run during the preseason and got caught crashing inside at times, but from a physical standpoint he can do it and he’s proven it in games. Scott on the other can has proven he can’t stop the run at two different positions. I honestly don’t know how you can call Scott an upgrade against the run.

  • Chris Shellcroft


    We both agree that neither Shaughnessy nor Scott are the answer as far as stopping the run goes. My point is that Scott is more disciplined in his assingments than Shaughnessy. Neither is very strong and both rely heavily on their athletic ability. Scott, to me, has better one-on-one skills than Shaughnessy.

    Plus, you said it yourself. Shaughnessy was nowhere to be found this preseason. He had a real chance to cement his spot with the first team and didn’t take advantage.

    I’m not saying Scott is better, he’s just a better option. But in all honestly, the difference is like a Big Mac compared to a Whopper. All depends on your taste but neither is an In-N-Out burger anyway.