By underachieving I mean he (like mentioned) disappears against divisional opponents, he hasn't ever taken over a game where he's been a "gamebreaker". And the last two seasons has spent, at least what seems to me, like a lot of time "hurt".
As for how many pro bowls, and individual stats... They all sound great, but randomly ask someone who the best LB's are.... I highly doubt he gets mentioned. He started out pretty damn good, and I do like him... But I also "like" any of our players.
If Rak had any moves at all, or was able to hand-fight, he'd be another (albeit injury-prone) DeMarcus Ware. As he is, he's a better-than-average LB, when he's in there.
He frustrates me more than probably anyone else on this team. (I don't expect much from DHall, so he doesn't count.) He's got the potential to be all-world. And yet that potential is never realized.
FREE THE HOG!!!
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anyways...my biggest thing is that Rob has been on the team for 5 years and has never sniffed being a starter and is always on the bubble come cut time in August.
You know what Hitman? That was a good play. There's no telling whether or not Orakpo would've caught in after doing a back flip and then made the ball spontaneously combust with the best celebration ever, or if he was rushing the passer... or if he was too deep in his drop to come up and pick it... or if he would've played the reciever and hit him and been penalized.
Jackson was in, Jackson caught the ball, Jackson got the touchdown.
That's what we have to work with, and that is a fact. Orakpo was hurt and didn't play. Don't take anything away from Jackson. What kind of crap is that?
You don't toss him by the wayside or just let him walk like he's a journeyman player, but he is not a must-sign-to-a-wtfawesome deal like Jason Pierre-Paul will be getting. He has failed to be effective against divisional rivals, for the most part. His moveset is...limited. Now, I am not as high on Wilson or Jackson as ncr2h, so I am not inclined to just toss Orakpo away willy nilly, but until he gets to the next level, I believe that severing ties with Orakpo is a legitmate option to choose, if the circumstances are appropriate to do that.
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I think part of the frustration with Brian Orakpo is bought on by the frustration of none of our first round picks over the last few years working out. I think as a fan base we're willing to cut bait with people in a hurry. And then, as is the norm, we tend to gripe when they go somewhere else and succeed and wonder why sometimes they have a bitter taste left in their mouth.
We've been trained for decades that first round picks around these parts never work out, hell, that draft picks in general don't work out. So even when they perform at a better than average level, it's still time to let them go because there's always more talented players right around the bend.s.
I for one think we should do what we've done the last three years with 'Los and now with Davis; let's franchise tag Rak, give him a "prove your an elite" year, and then move accordingly. As much as I like Rob Jackson, I'd like to see him have more than one start before I start declaring that Rak is expendable.
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