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Coulda been that at one time he was the best defender on abad houston D and they began spending premium picks on LBs.
However, the type of players the Bucs have been successfully acquiring over the last couple of years are the more obscure players, such as Crowder, Magee and defensive tackle Frank Okam. That’s why I could see the Bucs signing Houston linebacker Zac Diles, who played for Morris during his one year as Kansas State’s defensive coordinator. The 25-year old Diles was the Wildcats’ second-leading tackler in 2006, recording 109 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery that was returned 43 yards for a touchdown. When I went out to visit my alma mater, Kansas State, at Morris’ invitation for the game against No. 4 ranked Texas on ABC in 2006, Morris introduced me to Diles at the team hotel the night before the game. Morris said, “This is my stud, Zac Diles.”Diles is not the most athletic linebacker in pro football, evidenced by the fact he was drafted by the Texans in the seventh round. But he does have the intelligence factor that Morris wants in his Mike linebacker, and at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, Diles has the size and strength to play the position. Don’t discount the familiarity that Morris has with Diles running his defense at K-State in 2006, either. In the Wildcats’ 31-27 come-from-behind victory against Oklahoma State in Josh Freeman’s first start during his freshman year, Diles had a team-high 11 tackles. He posted a career high 12 tackles in a head-to-head duel with McKenzie, who was at Iowa State for one year, and also recorded two tackles for loss and two sacks. McKenzie, by the way, had 11 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup in the Cyclones’ 31-10 loss at K-State. Against Texas, Diles matched his career high with 12 tackles in K-State’s 45-42 upset, which derailed the Longhorns’ national title hopes. With the Texans, Diles has played all three linebacker spots, although he has had his most success playing Will linebacker. Diles has started 22 out of the last 31 games he has played in for Houston and has recorded 223 tackles, three forced fumbles, one sack, one safety and one interception. Not eye-popping numbers, but a lack of great stats hasn’t stopped the Bucs from acquiring defensive players like Crowder, Magee and Bennett.Like Hayward, Diles brings position flexibility to the linebacking corps, in addition to improved size, which rivals McKenzie. McKenzie has the benefit of working with Morris in practice the last two months of the season running the scout team, and Diles has a year’s worth of experience with Morris from their days together at K-State in 2006. These two players, plus a middle linebacker acquired through the draft, should allow the Bucs to move on from Ruud, who just isn’t going to get big-time money from Dominik in Tampa Bay.
I have a feeling I'll always wonder what really happened with McKenzie.
Honestly he seems like the Texans version of Geno Hayes....except slower. Coaches seem to be high on him and talk about his potential, but he never seems to reach it. Looks bad on gap assignments and tackling. Can't say I agree with cutting McKenzie for this dude. Just don't get it. I have a feeling I'll always wonder what really happened with McKenzie.
He's depth. Chill out.
Quote from: BuccaneersMagic1282 on September 04, 2011, 02:57:16 PMHe's depth. Chill out.He's bad depth. We have 2 reserve linebackers. Diles is going to play for us, and that is a concern to me.
Hayward is the back up Mike.