Intriguing Questions: How Will Mike Nolan Deploy Sean Weatherspoon?

FLOWERY BRANCH GA - JULY 30: Sean Weatherspoon #56 runs sled drills during opening day of training camp on July 30 2010 at the Falcons Training Complex in Flowery Branch Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

This one's a little more discussion-based, but it's one of your favorite topics: Sean Weatherspoon.

We more or less all agree that the Spoonami will be a terrific player in 2012. His breakout season in 2011 showed off his athleticism, football instincts and raw ability, and given that he's still incredibly young, he shouldn't have any problem playing at a very high level again this season. That's not really in dispute.

Given the sheer talent we're dealing with, though, it's fair to wonder what 'Spoon's role might be in 2012. Mike Nolan loves versatility as much as the next guy, and in Weatherspoon, he has one of the game's rare treasures: A game-changing 4-3 linebacker who, if his development continues on a smooth little curve, should be able to rush the passer, stop the run, help out in coverage and even sit back in a zone and jump routes. Knowing that—and presuming he's healthy—'Spoon should almost never come off the field.

So I'll pose this question to you: Do you think there will be any particular packages that will make 'Spoon a focus as a playmaking linebacker, and do you think he'll be off the field on certain packages? Or will he just be a fixture on virtually every defensive play?

You make the call.

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