Sitting in the stadium, I kept my eyes on number 50 for the whole game. I wanted to see Manti Te’o get work in this week, but he was pulled out constantly onto the sideline for Reggie Walker. I am hoping that they are trying to work Manti into game shape and just get his feet wet, but it seemed odd that he was getting pulled all the time to let Reggie Walker play. Manti was looking over his shoulder the whole game. He would trot out onto the field to start out on defense and as soon as the Cowboys players were on the field, Manti was pulled right back onto the sideline.
From the little I saw of Manti Te’o, he quickly read plays and seemed to be in the thick of things. He is going to be a playmaker if he is on the field, but he needs to be on the field. I don’t know of any reason why we would want to put him on the sideline for Walker.
I already have struggled with John Pagano calling the plays on defense and now I am already wondering if he is using his rookie middle linebacker the right way. Get the best players on the field and get them in the position to make plays!
Last season, I questioned Pagano’s use of Melvin Ingram on defense. Could we go through this all over again? Just get our best players on the field! LET MANTI PLAY!