In defense of Mark Webb

Last season, I dinged him in a couple of Observations posts for getting picked on in pass coverage (although he tightened things up late in the year), but he did have a lot on his plate.

Screenshot_2020-03-30 UGASports - PFF top returning Bulldogs Mark Webb

His run defense was excellent and PFF gives him a 90.5 grade for tackling.

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16 responses to “In defense of Mark Webb

  1. RC

    I really don’t know why, given how little access we are really given to the players, but Webb has always struck me as one of the more cerebral types, like Reggie “The Professor” Brown was back in the day.

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    • bin

      Graduated from high school with Reggie. He was a different cat for sure. Rode his bike everywhere around Athens including to practice and back home everyday Very quiet, thoughtful guy who didn’t say much unless he felt the need to.

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  2. I think the star/nickel is quite possibly one of the most important positions on the defense. He’s the guy who typically lines up against the slot (in today’s game, the guy who is the beneficiary of rub/pick routes) or against a TE who is physically bigger. He’s the guy who has to be the 3rd linebacker in run support. He’s typically the guy called on to blitz if the call is from the wide side of the field.

    I think it’s the toughest position to play in the secondary. Sure, a bust by a safety or an outside corner is the most visible, but the star is the player who enables a defense to cover the width of the field.

    Everyone (except us last year) picks on the star in the passing game because he’s likely the weakest of the 3 corners in man coverage and typically has to work the middle of the field.

    I like what Webb brings to the game.

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    • Granthams replacement

      When #1 or #7 line up at star the weak link is at FS. Webb improved his coverage skills last season but still has a ways to go.

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      • Neither Wilson nor Stevenson played much on meaningful run downs if I remember correctly. Unless you can play consistent run support at star, you aren’t going to see the field consistently because that’s the player typically responsible for setting the edge to the wide side.

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  3. I think guys like him are why we saw so much 5 and 6 DBs. It’s crazy how little we seemed to run the base D last year and, imo, it’s because of these hybrid athletes. I see the lines between CB, S and even LB getting more and more blurred.

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  4. Hobnail_Boot

    He was sublime in run support. If he can sharpen up coverage, our D will be lights out.

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  5. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    One of the side effects of staying at home and no spring football – and no baseball or anything else, either – is that you watch a lot of football replays. (Btw, Dari, I get there are time constraints, but you could show a lot more of an actual game if you showed a lot less of idle booth talk and field interviews, but I digress).

    Back to the point: when you watch a lot of replays you see things with a little more perspective. Webb gets vilified because he can be beat, but that is shallow thinking. As The Senator points out, he is asked to do a lot. If he gets beat, we get frustrated, but when he doesn’t get beat, or when he makes a tackle, or when he turns a runner so someone else makes a tackle, all these things and others get overlooked. I really don’t think there is any single player who can do all the things he is asked to do well. There is a reason Kirby keeps playing him.

    It’s a team game. Some players get noticed because they do really well, but often enough they do well because they have teammates who put them in a position to do well. Webb is one of those guys, imo.

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  6. Classic City Canine

    FYI Senator, if you’re looking for an inspiring hype video (or just good material for the next caption this post) check out this article that comes at the expense of Mizzou. Maybe it’s a good thing we don’t have a tiger mascot right about now.
    https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/mizzou-football/tiger-king-joe-exotic-netflix-mizzou-matt-moreno-hype-video/

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