Tuesday, April 13, 2010

LeRoy Hill...it's worse than you think

News broke yesterday that LeRoy Hill was on the wrong side of the law again. This time hurting others, not just himself. I got to wondering about whether his second transgression in less than two years would trigger suspension, and that's when the sad reality hit me.

It doesn't really matter.

Hill plays linebacker, and was considered so valuable that he was franchised just one year ago. He finished last season with a total of 46 tackles and 1 sack. Linebacker is considered a position of strength? Please. Lofa Tatupu finished with 32 tackles and 1 sack.

Hawks fans point to injuries, but there are *always* injuries. What did they do that was special when they *were* on the field? Nothing that I recall.

David Hawthorne is likely our best linebacker at this point, and will probably not be a starter. Aaron Curry was mediocre at best last season. There is reason to believe he will be used more effectively this year, but I'm not betting the house on that one.

One of the reasons I'm so looking forward to the draft is that I'm ready to start having players who *do* matter. I want to be upset when a player misses time. I want to look forward to their impact every Sunday when they are on the field. Get me someone to cheer for!

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