MidFielder ~ Rashaan Evans ~ Alabama Crimson Tide ~ 6016/234
Old Roles are getting dramatically transformed, and virtually every Front 7 ~ or Front 6!! ~ Defensive Job Description is transitioning into an Hybrid Role where the Defender is asked to excel in multiple Roles and in multiple Fronts.
For that reason, and in order to offer NomenClature that speaks not to archaic, obsolete "Positions", but rather to Skill Sets that accurately reflect the dynamic Changes of the 21st Century Game and the Roles they have spawned, I have undertaken to craft Terminology that is designed to break Skill Sets down as they really are.
Defensive Coordinators have, since Time Immemorial, employed highly creative terminology in devising Defenses and in designating Assignments. In that Spirit, I have admittedly indulged myself considerably in devising the following NomenClature. It is undeniably colorful, but I like to think that there's an underlying Logic, as well:
MidFielders ~ This is in fact my collective term for all of what you Earthlings refer to as "LineBackers", a term that I consider moderately insulting to the Players in question. The reason I'm employing a collective term ~ at least for now ~ is that I believe that the Skill Sets for any of the 3 or 4 Jobs indicated therein are remarkably similar, though their Duties are certainly considerably divergent. The Prototype for any MidFielder would be about 6000/240 or thereabouts.
I don't consider Dragons that play what you Earthlings refer to as "OutSide LineBacker" in a 34 Defense to be MidFielders.
Dragons have a particular Skill Set and natural strengths which are divergent to those of MidFielders.
MidFielders, whether in a 434, a 335, a 425, a 245, or whatever you come up with, are natural Super Hybrids who can quite conceivably Rush the Passer, Drop into Coverage, and, above all, Defend against the Run.
When evaluating MidFielders, this is how I break things down:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Torso Power is important, but Core Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. All the upper body Strength in the world will still fail if you simply can't dig in your Heels. But Core Power enables an Offensive Lineman to project Power in the Running Game and to reject Power in the Passing Game.
Agility: Launch Velocity, Acceleration, and above all: Fluidity or Core Agility. Core Agility is even more essential to sustained good Health ~ and to sustained good FootBall ~ than Core Power. The ability to react with Serpentine smoothness is a tremendous Asset in all Aspects of the Game, and certainly in the Hand to Hand Combat that characterizes Trench Warfare. All the Power in the World goes only so far if you're lurching around like FrankenStein.
Frame: Vertical Leverage, Hands, Arm Length, and WingSpan.
Combat Skills: Horizontal Leverage, Paw Positioning, Paw Persistence, and FootWork. Above all: Pass Rush Repertoire.
Processing Speed: How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the Rapidly Roiling Tactical LandScape!!
Tackling: Thunderous Booms are all very well, but I'm more interested in form and efficiency!!
Motor: Intensity and Stamina: How much Work has been put into Conditioning, and how it manifests itself.
Run Defense: All the Above, applied.
Pass Coverage: Ditto.
Pass Rush: Double Dirty Dog Ditto.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power ~ lower body Power. Core Power trumps Torso Power. Tyrannosaurus Rex had exceptional Core Power.
* Torso Power ~ upper Body Power. Important, but not crucial. T Rex had lousy Torso Power...yet was King.
* Anchoring Strength against the Run.
* Drive Power, Rushing the Passer.
* Fluidity, above all things: Core Agility & Flexibility makes everything possible.
* Launch Velocity ~ Speed into Contact off the Snap.
* Acceleration ~ Short Speed or Quickness.
* Vertical Leverage. Height is crucial, but it's actually better, I believe, to be an Inch shorter than an Inch Taller.
* Hands. The larger the better, generally, but compact is never a bad Attribute in The Trenches.
* Arm Length. Absolutely crucial. He who boasts the longer Arms initiates Combat.
* WingSpan. Arm Length + Torso Width. A more complete Measurement.
* Lateral Leverage. Angles. Getting Square or better with the Target.
* Paw Positioning ~ It's all about Angles & Leverage.
* Paw Persistence ~ RPMs: Activity & Persistence.
* FootWork ~ RPMs: Activity & Persistence.
* Pass Rush Repertoire: Variety.
* Reading & Reacting to Offensive Blocking Schemes with Speed & Precision.
* Field Vision: Finding Targets & approaching them effectively.
Power: 33. When he gets up a full head of steam ~ which is often ~ he projects tremendous Power, but that's momentum, not genuine Power, and he had the advantage of playing behind a sensational Front Line at Alabama.
Agility: 66. His Launch Velocity and Acceleration are phenomenal, but his Fluidity is mediocre. In EarthSpeak? Extraordinary Straight Line Speed, and his Ricochet ~ his cutting ~ is exceptional, as well, but he isn't very smooth.
Frame: 25. His Height impedes both his Power and his Fluidity, and his WingSpan is short.
Combat Skills: 50. Mixed bag, here. His Paw Persistence is good, but his Paw Positioning is shaky.
Processing Speed: 50. Improved over the course of the campaign, but he's still far faster than he is effective. He overshoots too many Tackles. He hasn't really exhibited the Field Vision for a Mike MidFielder, as yet.
Tackling: 60. He often fails to hit his target square, but I like his Timing and his Force.
Motor: 90. Tremendous Intensity and Stamina.
Run Defense: 40. Marginal at The Point of Attack. Impressive In Pursuit. He carries a great reputation as a Run Defender, but it seems to me that that may very well've been more attributable to the extraordinary Crimson Tide Front Line than to Evans, himself. When he was called upon to hold The Point of Attack without first getting up a head of steam, he looked shaky, to me, and while he was terrific at running straight ahead and hitting people hard, I wasn't as impressed with his capacity to rapidly read and react consistently and correctly, or in his capacity to quickly cover the distance.
Pass Coverage: 33. Competitive Processing Speed, but mediocre Fluidity and short arms.
Pass Rush: 66. I would almost categorize'm as a Bandit, but at 234 pounds ~ and that's on the high end of his range ~ he's a bit short on beef to play Bandit!! Yet that may ultimately prove to be his role...In any case: He lacks Power and Fluidity, and his Combat Skills are just average, but his Acceleration is phenomenal. He's a very real threat.
But in his case, I cannot commend that particular trade.
I've got nothing against Evans, mind you. He plays hard, he plays hurt, and he's exhibited high levels of Intelligence and Drive as he developed over the years at Alabama, especially in terms of how his Field Vision improved in 2017.
It's just that I believe that he's a Straight Line Speed guy who lacks Fluidity, who also lacks Power, whose Power and Fluidity are both further compromised by a Frame that's a bit too tall for MidFielder, whose WingSpan is a bit short, especially considering that Height, which exacerbates his lack of reach, that his Combat Skills need work...and that, in short, perceptions of his Power and Agility are greatly influenced by his having played behind that awesome Front Line.
I could be wrong. I've got a lot to learn. But that's how I see it.
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