Originally Posted by Pestilence
Do you move DJ to weakside? DJ - Teo - Houston? Do you put Houston at DE opposite Hali?
Y'know, DJ has slowed down enough as he's aged while also getting smarter, that I think I put him on the strong side.
He's stronger than we realize, so I think he can seal on run plays. He's also proven to be solid in coverage, so having him lined up over the TE would be nice. He's never been an elite rusher, so why bother putting him on the weakside where his pass-rush skills would be utilized?
Nah, I'd go with Te'o in the middle and DJ on the strong side. The question really does become how you line out Houston and Hali. While Hali would probably be considered a RDE, I almost wonder if you don't get better use out of him as an LDE with Houston lined up as the Will opposite of him. Look at is as duplicating the Thomas/Neil Smith dynamic.
With our present personnel, perhaps you go with Hali - Powe - Poe - Bailey lined up from left to right across the front with DJ - Te'o and Houston behind them.
It's moot though, Te'o has locked himself in as a top 10 pick and probably a top 5 guy at this point.