FanPost

Don't Count out Merriman

The long and the short of it. My opinion on the situation. Don't cut Merriman. We saw flashes of how he can be dominating in the preseaon against the bears. Obviously it was just pre-season but still he has the talent. He has the passion and the makings of a great team-mate. 

He has helped out the offensive line and the defensive line and linebackers with his teaching and coaching of the knowledge of the game. 

Merriman came here with such a bad rep. Him being flashy and all about hollywood and the being famous and he was nothing but professional.

His underrated value was in his recruiting as well. He was mentioned more than once for being a key reason why we could get talent like a Nick Barrnett or Kirk Morrison to even come around and consider Buffalo. 

The injury he has suffered from is recoverable too. Takeo Spikes had it and so did Julian Peterson and around the same age and were able to bounce back and have great production afterwards. 

I"m sure most of us would love to have Spikes around. We should learn from our mistakes and it would be a mistake to let Merriman go if the surgery went well as reported and he can come back. 

I'm not saying not to draft an OLB or just hand over all the responsibility to Shawne but at least let him have a shot to come back and see how he is next season. You can never have a shortage of pass rushers even if we have to limit Merriman to just passing downs or what have you. 

Because in this league pass rushers are a soo hard to find. He has the talent and ability he just needs that Achilles to recover. He was under-rated in our run defense. 

We also did not blitz in the beginning of the season against teams we played conservative against due to our fears of the run game getting out of hand.  

As for the $3 million I say it is worth the investment to just ride it out. Even from a recruiting and coaching standpoint. the guy has knowledge and has been great with his team-mates you see it time and time again. He has a swagger and I'd rather have that knowledge and talent on our team then waiting to this point and having a team like the Patriots or anyone else snatch him up after our investment and end up like Takeo Spikes and re-sparking his career.

I love moats and our other linebackers but let's face it you have to switch it up. If Merriman can wear you down with power and speed  for 2 downs a series and have moats a completely diff type and size and speed of linebacker then so be it or vice versa if you need Merriman to slowly get back into things. 

What do you think? What would you do with a great teaching, recruiting player that needs time to recover from an injury other linebackers his age have successful recovered from and been a force?  

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Buffalo Rumblings

You must be a member of Buffalo Rumblings to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Buffalo Rumblings. You should read them.

Join Buffalo Rumblings

You must be a member of Buffalo Rumblings to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Buffalo Rumblings. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker