AFC West All-Stars Voting: Day 2


Greetings, and salutations, Charger fans! As we begin day two of the voting process for our AFC West All-Stars I want you to start thinking about the big men on the field. We are voting in nose tackles today and right guards tomorrow.

I suppose I should begin the day of by explaining our choice of defense.

We are going with the 3-4 system, because three out of four teams in the AFC West use that system. simple as that. Sorry Oakland, but you’re the odd team out.

That still doesn’t mean that Raiders defensive players can’t get elected, Richard Seymour came from playing a 3-4 in New England and is very adept at the system, but that’s not who we are voting on today.

For some reason, we were unable to decide between Cam Thomas of the Chargers and Tommy Kelly of the Raiders to anchor that nose tackle spot.

Of course, Cam Thomas is a rookie, but between him and Tommy Kelly, the much larger Thomas would be a better fit in this type of system. Rookie or not, he would be the most adept to man the position. For those of you who have seen him, Cam is two inches shorter than Kelly, but the Chargers space eater is 30 lbs. heavier and would be harder to double team in a 3-4 or 3-3-5 situation. Anything with only three down lineman, really, give me Cam Thomas any day.

Though, Kelly did put up some decent numbers last season. His 55 tackles and single sack are gonna get even better since the Raiders drafted Lamarr Houston, who I would love to see playing next to Kelly. Throw Rolando McClain in there and you’ve got a much scarier front seven in Oakland. This unit might do some justice to perennial All-Pro Nnamdi Asomugha. It’s nice to have a shutdown corner. I’ll bet Nnamdi would love to win some games this year.

Now, as I seek out a place for lunch that doesn’t have Raiders fans working in the kitchen, I will leave you with our poll. Make your vote count. This has been a fun exercise so far and I can’t wait to get these rosters done so that we can start comparing them to the other divisions. It will be nice to show the world that the AFC West has some serious players and is about to get more competitive. Well, at least slightly more competitive. These past few years you might as well have addressed our division as the “AFC San Diego and Others” division.

Congratulations to Sebastian Janikowski for beating Nate Kaeding in yesterdays voting.

Results from yesterday: Kaeding- 37 votes. Janikowski- 123 votes.

It would seam that the playoff loss to the Jets is still on the back of our minds, and our truck windows (hi Philip), and rightfully so. Some might argue that if the Chargers and the Raiders swapped kickers, then the Chargers would have more than likely gone to the Super Bowl. I believe it was a fellow FanSided writer over at JustBlogBaby.com who I first saw shed light on that scenario. Sorry Nasty Nate, the fans have spoken. Hell, I must admit that I was half tempted to nominate Nick Novak for the Chargers instead, but no. Alas, I took the high road. Did it really matter? It rarely does…

Now, we bring up the next round of voting. Let’s pick our nose tackle, people! Ready… set… VOTE!


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Tags: AFC West All-Stars Cam Thomas Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Lamarr Houston Nate Kaeding New England Patriots New York Jets Nick Novak Oakland Raiders Richard Seymour Sebastian Janikowski Tommy Kelly

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  • Mike

    Umm you mean the 3-4
    bc the raiders run the 4-3
    just thought id let you know =]

  • Justin — KC

    hey guy, the Chiefs use a 3-4, also.

  • http://www.boltbeat.com Chris Bowen

    Knew that, just a typo. Don’t get cocky, Raiders and Chiefs fans. ;)

  • Mike

    Patriots use the 3-4 too lol double typo i guess haha

  • http://www.boltbeat.com Chris Bowen

    Yup! Good catch. Haha. I must not be a morning person or partied a little too hard the night before.

    Anyways, the point I was trying to make is that the transition from the 3-4 to the 4-3 is not impossible, just difficult for linemen sometimes.

    At Seymours weight, 310 lbs, he could be a solid INTERIOR guy in a 4-3, but he’s sticking at right end, where he’s comfortable. Playing and in a 3-4 and playing end in a 4-3 are two completely different animals.

    The 3-4, generally on passing downs, asks the defensive and on the right to try to occupy 2 blockers so that the linebackers can make plays. That’s why a nose tackle should be much larger than a normal 4-3 interior guy. That’s why Seymours weight worked for him in New England. if he shed just a couple pounds and got a little faster, then he would have had a lot more than 4 sacks in this season.

    In the 4-3, with two interior linemen, the guys on the outside in the one-on-one matchups gotta be a bit faster since they are lining up against a tackle and maybe a tight end in max protection, a big difference from what he was doing in New England.

    Difficult, but not impossible. Now Seymour is training himself to attack the edge more and leave the guards alone. Different moves for different schemes.

    In a 3-4, he would usually try to get past the tackle in one quick move and let the tackle occupy himself with an outside linebackers, while Seymour found a much weaker guard to contend with and dominate. He would then stay home and weight for the ball-carrier on runs, or go attack the quarterback. When he get’s to the interior, it gives him a shorter path to the QB. I loved seeing him do this. Haha.

    Now he will just get behind Ryan Clady and pull him down by his hair. ;)

    Bold move, Richard. Bold move.

  • Mike

    I wish he taunted him
    ohh wait philip rivers handles that department like when he taunted gerard warren of the season opener haha

  • http://www.boltbeat.com Chris Bowen

    In my book…

    If you’re my teams starting quarterback and you throw for 4,254 yards and 28 TDs, then you can taunt whoever you like and I won’t say a thing. ;-)