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I know what you're thinking. "You gave a group that includes Manti Te'o an A- ?"
Yes, I did.
Nothing against Te'o as he's been an A++ this season.
To be honest, it has very little to do with the outside linebackers either.
Prince Shembo has been huge for the most part. He does have a tendency to disappear every once in awhile, but for the most part he's in the backfield causing problems and (literal) headaches for the quarterback.
On the other side, Danny Spond has been nothing short of fantastic. Spond is solid against the run and has held up extremely well in pass coverage. After Slaughter went down, it was up to a couple outside linebackers to step up in passing situations, which Spond has done very well.
Ishaq Williams has also been great in pass coverage. Although, I have expected a lot more impact plays this season, but it seems his biggest problem is simply not letting his athletic ability take over. Granted, he has a ton on his plate right now as he's being asked to drop into coverage quite a bit—not surprising when you take his athleticism into account. If he ever gets the opportunity to pin his ears back and get after the quarterback, you could see quite a bit of chatter regarding the young linebacker.
The reason this group received an A- as opposed to an A was because of Dan Fox and Carlo Calabrese.
That's not to say they have played poorly. Fox and Calabrese have played at a B level thus far, which is solid. My main concern is when they are asked to stick with backs coming out of the backfield. Also, there are times where they will get a little confused in coverage or lack discipline within their assignments, but both of them have drastically improved since last year and are doing an admirable job opposite Te'o.
As for Te'o, do I really have to write anything?