It's all good. This is the point of the message board.they were taken in the same draft... this is the first extended action we've seen from Jackson because of Orakpo.
What we see now, is a ball hawking OLB who can set a run edge and tackle in the open field as well as cover and remain disciplined in the zone... who's pass rush skills are a work in progress (Jackson).
What we've seen from the other guy (Orakpo) are that he can't catch a ball that hits him in the chest... he sucks in coverage... he can't make open field tackles... he is below average at setting the rush edge... but he can run a tackle up the field and sometimes he gets a sack to the tune of 9 or so a year.
Who's further along and who is the better total product?
This is what I've been trying to get into all of the "Orakpo is the best LB in the NFL" club's head for the last three months. Looks like there are still a few out there who can't hear me over how awesome Orakpo's performance against the Raiders was in 2009.
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No doubt, it could work. I guess I'm more trying to say, "don't write him off if it doesn't work" just for the sake of keeping Orakpo. I see what you are saying and I agree. I just think the way I was coming across sounded worse because of where I was coming from... if that even makes sense ; )-