Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Ever since Dion Jordan was drafted in 2013, there has been chatter from media and fans about moving him to the linebacker position. This is due to several reasons - the depth on the defensive line, the lack of talent at the linebacker position and the fact that many feel that Jordan would just be a great fit running around, making tackles and covering tight ends and running backs.
However, head coach Joe Philbin said that the team has no plans to move Jordan to the linebacker position.
“We’ve used him some in some of those sub packages,” Philbin said. “But there’s only X amount of time that you have on the practice field and you have to decide how you want him to spend his time.
“One of those things we wanted him to practice on a continual basis is pass rush, get off, operating sometimes from 3-point sometimes from 2-point but rushing the passer. If you’re going to rep him and give him the opportunity to compete as a linebacker you’re taking him out of that element a little bit and there’s practice time. You’ve got to kind of put your money where your mouth is. If you want him to be a pass rusher and a guy that can be utilized in coverage as a linebacker in sub to me that’s where you’ve got to spend your time.”