Good to see Cullen 'Big Sexy' Jenkins and Johnny 'Doesn't Need A Nickname Because His Real One Is So Cool' Jolly get recognized for their great play on Sunday night. Of course, regular readers of Cheesehead TV were not surprised by what they saw out of the dynamic duo. What's funny is remembering when the transition to the 3-4 was announced, Cullen Jenkins giving some very luke-warm quotes about needing to learn the defense. Needless to say, I don't think he was too excited.
I'm pretty sure that's all changed now.
Capers' One-Gap scheme allows guys to shoot into gaps and cause havoc, which is something Jenkins has been great at doing from as far back as his rookie year. In the old 4-3 scheme, he was always able to, once or twice a game, shoot through a gap from his defensive tackle position and drop the ball carrier for a sizeable loss. But he had to pick and choose his spots, depending on the front call.
Now, it's his job on every play.
The one worry about both Jenkins and Jolly is the number of reps they were asked to take against the Bears. You could see them both sucking wind a bit toward the end of the 4th Quarter. Not only that, the need to spell them put Montgomery in the game. It is no coincidence that Montgomery's appearance coincided with the Bears last long touchdown drive. The hope, obviously, is that B.J. Raji's return will help with the rotation and enable Jenkins, Jolly, Raji and the solid rookie Jarius Wynn (who had a decent showing against the Bears) to be fresh going into the 4th Quarter.
UPDATE: For visual evidence of Big Sexy's excellence. (Also note how Woodson is lined up over Olsen)