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Is Kirk Morrison an option at MLB?

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Is Kirk Morrison an option at MLB?

Post  Big_Pete on Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:48 am

I have been looking at the RFA LBs and their tender offers

DeMeco Ryans, Thomas Davis and Barrett Ruud have 1st and 3rd round tenders, D'Qwell Jackson is expected to get a 1st round tender.

But what bout Kirk Morrsion? he has been given a 3rd round tender.

Is he a decent option for the Giants?

any thoughts?


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Re: Is Kirk Morrison an option at MLB?

Post  Big_Pete on Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:51 am

Also Thomas Howard has reportedly been given a second round tender. He seems like a decent option for OLB

what do you think?
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Re: Is Kirk Morrison an option at MLB?

Post  Big_Pete on Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:03 am

Kirk Morrison's stats

2009
16 Games, 133 tackles (109 solo, 24 ast), 2.0 sacks, 1 PD, 3 FF

2008
16 Games, 135 tackles (99 solo, 36 ast), 1.0 sacks, 1 PD, 1 int (0yds), 2 FF

2007
16 Games, 120 tackles (96 solo, 24 ast) , 1.0 sacks, 10 PD, 4 int (94yds)

2006
16 Games, 127 tackles (101 solo, 26 ast), 1.0 sacks, 3 PD, 2 int (32yds), 1 FF

2005
16 Games, 116 tackles (91 solo, 25 ast), 2 PD
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Post  Big_Pete on Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:08 am

Thomas Howard's stats

2009
16 Games, 79 tackles (72 solo, 7 ast), 2.0 sacks, 6 PD, 1 FF


2008
16 Games, 97 tackles (80 solo, 17 ast), 1.0 sacks, 5 PD, 1 int (-3yds), 2 FF

2007
16 Games, 95 tackles (77 solo, 18 ast) , 1.0 sacks, 11 PD, 6 int (172yds, 2 TD)

2006
16 Games, 110 tackles (88 solo, 22 ast), 1 PD
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Post  Big_Pete on Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:10 am

Bear in mind that both Howard and Morrison have been playing on poor raiders defenses.

Both would be reasonably cheap and have plenty of experience playing together.
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Re: Is Kirk Morrison an option at MLB?

Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:24 am

Big_Pete wrote:Also Thomas Howard has reportedly been given a second round tender. He seems like a decent option for OLB

what do you think?

I think Howard has received a lot of hype from his second season when he had 6 interceptions with 2 for touchdowns.
Certainly it was impressive though.

However, Howard is better suited as a weakside backer imo and I'm ok with Boley there.
According to some of the folks familiar with the raiders, Howard has trouble shedding blocks and playing the run.
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Re: Is Kirk Morrison an option at MLB?

Post  Big_Pete on Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:56 pm

Howard had great athletic tools; if you remember both Tony and I were very big on him

at 6-4 240 he is hardly small, but in a Tampa 2 we need similar LBs at both OLB spots, good tackling and good coverage.

Another option could be trading for Derrick Johnson, I just think Howard is a better fit.

Don't forget Howard plays SLB in the raiders 4-3
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Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:25 pm

Howard didn't play strongside until he was replaced in the last couple games of the Raiders season from what I understand.
Don't get me wrong, I like Howard and his skill set but just think Boley is a lock at weak and I don't know enough of Howard's ability to be covering tight ends at strong.
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Post  Big_Pete on Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:38 pm

TD wrote:Howard didn't play strongside until he was replaced in the last couple games of the Raiders season from what I understand.
Don't get me wrong, I like Howard and his skill set but just think Boley is a lock at weak and I don't know enough of Howard's ability to be covering tight ends at strong.

It was my understanding (I could be wrong) that in the 2007 season he was playing SLB, I remember being surprised at the time.

If we go to some variation of the Tampa 2, there will be alot of people who will cover TEs.

I think Howard has the tools to cover a TE well.


Another strong option at SLB is to trade for Derrick Johnson.
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Re: Is Kirk Morrison an option at MLB?

Post  Big_Pete on Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:23 pm

My preferred option is to draft Sean Weatherspoon to play SLB
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Re: Is Kirk Morrison an option at MLB?

Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:33 pm

I like Weatherspoon.
I also hear Morrison might be a good fit as a sam as well as a mlb. I haven't seen enough of him to comment on that though
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Post  Big_Pete on Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:34 pm

TD wrote:I like Weatherspoon.
I also hear Morrison might be a good fit as a sam as well as a mlb. I haven't seen enough of him to comment on that though
I think Morrison coule play SAM in our previous 4-3, but I don't think he is mobile enough for Fewell's system as I expect we will implement a system that mixes in Tampa 2 elements
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Re: Is Kirk Morrison an option at MLB?

Post  Big_Pete on Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:01 am

D'Qwell Jackson got a 2nd round tender, perhaps he is an option?
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Re: Is Kirk Morrison an option at MLB?

Post  Pizan on Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:56 am

Both are bad at playing the run. Morrison to often makes tackles 5 yards down the field. And Howard doesnt have the instincts you want for the position. I was never crazy about Howard. Morrison I liked but he needs really good players infront of him.
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