Will Gooden and Brown play at same time?

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by Titans Insider, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. Titans Insider

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    Zaviar Gooden, the Titans’ second third-round pick on Friday, is a very fast and very athletic weakside linebacker.

    If that description sounds familiar, it should, as the Titans drafted speedy weakside linebacker Zach Brown in the second round last year. He posted 93 tackles and 5.5 sacks as a rookie.

    So will the two players be able to get on the field at the same time or is Gooden considered more of a back-up to Brown?

    “I think in a lot of the schemes we’ll be doing in the future you could see that develop to a situation where both of them are on the field at the same time,” Titans linebacker Chet Parlavecchio said of Gooden, who played at Missouri last season. “That wouldn’t be a bad scenario, two 4.5 guys with the physicality they have, being on the field at the same time.

    “First of all, I don’t think you can have too much speed. This kid runs a 4.49 or 4.53, in there. And one thing you have to understand about Zaviar is that he’s a much more physical individual than you think.”

    Gooden actually ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, the fastest time among all linebackers there.

    He began his career at Missouri as a safety, which the Titans hope will help him cover running backs and tight ends.

    “Everything this league does now is match-ups, creating match-up situations,” Parlavecchio said. “So again, the more fast, physical people you can have — those 235, 240-pound guys that can run the 4.5s and 4.4s and play with physicality — you can’t have enough of those guys.

    “You’re seeing more of those situations where two and three tight ends are on the field at one time. And if there’s one position that’s changed dynamics over the years, it’s tight end. So you have to be able to match up with them.”

    Gooden should also give the Titans special teams a boost.

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  2. RockyTop Fox

    RockyTop Fox Offensive Coordinator

    It's not a bad pickup by any means.. having Brown and Gooden on the field at the same time will help make a deadly blitz package.. also, the guy could play some DE in rotation with Wimbley and Morgan. Once McCarthy goes down around week six, we'll at least have some more depth at the position.. move guys around and stuff. I can get behind this pick. :)
  3. Titanup1982

    Titanup1982 Pro Bowler

    Will be well needed in 3rd and long, but needs to stay away from the field in run packages from what I see.

    In a happy passing league, I could see where there is use for him in certain packages from day 1 with his speed and coverage skills.
  4. ImATitan

    ImATitan Pro Bowler

    They better, in certain packages.
  5. The Playmaker

    The Playmaker pineapple pizza party

    Would be sick to watch.
  6. xpmar9x

    xpmar9x The Real Slim Shady

    Passing situations...

    DE: Wimbley
    DT: Martin | Casey
    DE: Ayers
    LB: Brown
    LB: Gooden
    CB: McCourty, Verner, Wreh-Wilson
    SS: Wilson
    FS: Griffin
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