Question: Why is Derrick Johnson still 2nd team at ILB behind D. Williams? I thought DJ had done everything right this off-season according to Haley. Personally, I love Haley and I love that he only wants players that are team captains by nature, i.e. Vrabel, Berry, Dexter, Thomas Jones...etc. BUT come on. Enough of the "message" you are trying to send DJ. Throw the guy a bone! Its getting to a point where I am doubting the logic, and I am a "glass half full--everything is going to be great you'll see" fan. But seriously. Now I know its the preseason, but if Johnson is not starting against San Diego on Monday Night Sept 13, I am going to be angry.
Last edited by KCINNYC; 08-11-2010 at 12:36 AM.
You need to settle down. Anyone who is calling for the coaches to just "come on and give the guy the job" is completely missing the point.
Should we want Derrick Johnson to be the starter? Yes. But that's ONLY if he earns it.
DJ is easily one of the most athletic, talented players on the entire team. He has never played up to his potential, because he has always just done his own thing and relied on his instincts and speed. The coaches are demanding that he actually play his assignments, and he has almost admitted that never really has before.
Now that Crennel is his coach, he has no excuse for not listening - and his play has improved for it (this is why you want coaches with rings - can't argue with rings).
DJ should earn that starting spot, if he keeps up his hard work. I don't care if he's starting during the first preseason game. An interception/sack/forced fumble is just as good at the end of the game than the beginning.
I just want him to be effective, and by all appearances, Haley dangling that starting spot in front of him has motivated Johnson. Keep it up.
Ill be the first to say it. Derrick Johnson will start at inside linbacker, we haven't seen dj work this hard his entire career, i think will see the best dj to date at the start of this season, but look at it from haleys point of view, if dj is working harder then ever to earn a spot why just give it to him if you can keep making him earn it. Its making derrick better and that can only help the team. Just because someones working dosen't mean you just give him the top spot. I expect a rotation at all linebacker spots. will se demorio, derrick, belcher, vrabel, studebaker, hali, mays all rotating to stay fresh, i know derrick will be on the field alot and im excited to see this defense and offense its gonna be a explosive season, will be better everywhere over the past three seasons
From what I have heard, the depth chart really means nothing, they use it more as a motivation factor, and DW and DJ switch every practice when running with the first team.
You may very well see J. Belcher and DJ as the starters come home opener.
I truly believe that DJ gets it.. I also believe that Haley see's it.. DJ will be a starter come San dIEGO GAME
I'm more worried about Niswanger playing ahead of Wiegeman
actually im worried about both niswanger and weigman,
supposedly Niswanger is the smartest player on the team, and what he may lack in physcial talent, he makes up in knowledge of the game. From what I had heard, the are in strong competition but based on Niswangers age and intelligence he is getting the nod as starter.