I love the dude. And i'm not saying cut him or anything but I think that is a position we should look to upgrade. I just feel like we really need somebody who is more athletic at that position. It seems like when we're trying to rush the passer on 1st or 2nd down its basically Clemons against 5 o'linemen and a fullback.
Next season I'd like to see Red moved back inside where hopefully he would be more successful then he was as a rookie. Then i'd like to see a more traditional DE in that spot opposite Clemons, someone athletic enough to rush the passer while not getting completely overpowered in the running game. With Irvin still rotating in as a pass rush specialist.
I think we could be the true #1 defense in the league with 4 relatively easy steps:
1. Replace Leroy Hill with a 1st round draft pick.
2. Replace Red Bryant with a more versatile player. Doesnt even need to be a double digit sack guy, but somebody who can bring some pressure. Keep Red as part of the d'line rotation.
3. Find a pass rushing DT. Again it doesnt need to be a superstar. Just somebody with Rocky Bernard type skills. Could already have it on the roster in Jaye Howard?
4. Have Thurmond or Lane, whoever wins the training camp battle take over for Tru full time.