Mike already hit on this over at BRB, but I wanted to post it here for any discussion as well.
This report makes absolutely no sense to me. Not that it’s nonsensical for Diles to win the job – but with one preseason game left to go, it baffles me why this decision would be made now, and not just a few short days from now. I have a hard time believing this report is true, but only because of the timing.
Xavier Adibi is the guy who is being blamed for the Adrian Peterson touchdown Monday night, and after watching that play several times I can say that it was, in fact, largely on his shoulders. One play won’t make a guy lose his job, but Gary Kubiak has said that the mistake made on that play was the exact kind of mistake that was being made against the Saints the week before. THAT will make a player lose his job – so that sheds some light on the motivation, but why now?
Adibi and Diles are both healthy, and Kubiak has already said multiple times that Adibi will see a lot of time against the Bucs. You can be sure Diles will get several snaps as well, because he’s still young and switched positions during camp as a result of the Cushing injury. I know he started on the strong side last year before his injury, but at his age he still needs as many snaps as possible… plus, you know – I like Diles, but it’s not like he’s been great. He’s a good linebacker, but there’s a reason the Texans drafted Brian Cushing to replace Diles on the strong side.
Another thing that makes the timing of this announcement surprising (if it’s true) is that sure, Adibi has made mistakes – but he’s also made some impressive plays this preseason, and I don’t think I’ll get a lot of resistance when I say he’s got more upside.
Again – I’m not saying that because he’s made some good plays and has more upside, that it means he should be the starter – I’m saying – why not wait one more game, where both guys figure to get a ton of snaps?
The report, if true, seems like kind of an overreaction to me.