|All your linebackers are belong to us|
The linebacker corps at TCU may be a little thin right now, but the potential for greatness has never been higher. (Well, except when Brock was still on the team)
Out of fear of being compared to Penn State's off the field transgressions, I refuse to call TCU the new "Linebacker University", but over the past few years we have churned out some real talent at the position and sent more than our fair share to play in the NFgoodelL.
Current TCU linebackers in the NFL include:
David Hawthorne - New Orleans Saints (Drafted by the Seahawks)
Jason Phillips - Carolina Panthers (Drafted by the Ravens)
Daryl Washington - Arizona Cardinals
Tank Carder - Buffalo Bills
I can understand why we might worry at the position with our current depth and recent transgressions, but the future seems bright with the (all-but-confirmed-by-the-school) hire of Randy Shannon. The guy should be a recruiting monster for us and provide access to areas in the South East we haven't touched in some time. Can you imagine being a defensive stud and having Patterson and Shannon show up at your door? I also have high hopes that he can bring our young talent up to speed quickly. I for one feel it may even make the situation easier for guys like Hilliard and McFarland who could be called upon to put in significant playing time. Both coach and players will realize how hard they will need to work to be on the same page and get this machine working.
On a side note, does it seem a little odd that Shannon would come in to be a linebackers coach for a 4-2-5 system? I'm fairly certain this system is new to him. Perhaps this is a small hint that he may be sticking around for a little longer than some people are speculating. Perhaps he has aspirations of taking a over for a certain mustachioed coordinator down the line. Who knows? I sure as heck don't, but I'd love to hear our dear audience's opinion on it.
What are your thought's on the (alleged) Randy Shannon hire and our current situation at linebacker?
Do our current LBs benefit from it, or does losing Tademy still sting?
Will Shannon be around for a while, or is this just a stepping stone into another DC or head coaching gig?