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.