The Wedge Scouting Report, LB, Kendell Beckwith


One of my favorite things to do is to plan the Great Annular Pebumbral Eclipse festival.  It does not happen a lot but when it does- what a party!

How do I plan the festival?  Well I find a planet that can view it.  Then I organize a huge PR campaign.  We send out flyers, we advertise on television and radio, we call people at their homes – we even go door to door.

And the whole planet buys into the festival.  Every alien on the planet takes the day off work, gets their kids and spouses, sets up a picnic blanket and gets ready to view the eclipse.  They all are so happy before the eclipse.  Its beautiful.

But not quite as beautiful as watching them all get vaporized.

Oops…did I forget to mention that you can’t look at an Annular Pebumbral Eclipse and not get vaporized…my mistake…

No…it’s not a mistake…that’s what I do.  I destroy planets.  I love my job.

Kendell Beckwith also loves his job.  He destroys offenses.

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We mentioned a few linebackers this offseason already.  Beckwith is probably the most physically gifted ones I have mentioned.  And that should be no surprise to anyone.  he played at LSU and LSU is always stacked with talent.  You have to be physically gifted to even see the field at LSU.

This 6’2 245 linebacker comes from a long line of SEC defensive players who play at the next level.  When you watch Beckwith, his tackling stands out as being fundamentally sound.  Over the last 2 years Beckwith has had 150 tackles.

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But its more than tackling.  Its playmaking.  He’s a big hitter and he does a great job fishing the QB in limited opportunities.  beck with had 3.5 sacks in 2015.

But what Beckwith really is heralded for is his coverage skills.  He might not be as good as some one like Myles Jack in coverage but he is not far behind.

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Beckwith has also been pretty durable in his career.  He played in 33 games over the last 3 years.  That is no small achievement in the physical SEC.

Beckwith won’t be a secret.  You won;t be able to fool an unsuspecting planet like you can with an eclipse.  LSU gets noticed by scouts.  In Beckwith’s case he has been on the scouts’ radars since he was in high school.  He was one of the most sought after prospects in the country coming out of high school.

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That said – he is a devastating to an opposing offense was an lethal eclipse can be.  That’s why when comparing Beckwith to an alien weapon of destruction, I compare Beckwith to an Annular Pebumbral Eclipse.

Go ahead…take a look if you dare!


You can watch Beckwith here vs Mississippi State

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256 Responses to The Wedge Scouting Report, LB, Kendell Beckwith

  1. getterdone says:

    BoulderPhinfan says:
    October 2, 2016 at 5:13 pm
    because bradford sucks and he got a 1st. There will be a desperate team that says we can “fix tanny” and give up high draft pick for him. Obviously we haven’t been able to fix him with 3 different coordinators.

    There will be a desperate team willing to trade for Tanny….Hmmm. Could it be that top fight QB’s must be hard to come by, and it’s mostly a team game, with 53 on a roster and all. 😉

    So when we do get rid of this Tannyshit, then what? We went thru 17 QB’s since Marino until we drafted one in the 1st round. He was the 3rd one taken.

    Luck is struggling, has a lot of TO’s too….RG3 is near driving for UPS, Cousins isn’t all that, and But Wilson is definitely great….especially when his defense shuts down the other team, and when his coach stays committed to running with Beastmode, and now other solid RB’s.

  2. getterdone says:

    Naples, great point…I was saying the same at a football pool party earlier today.
    Plus the Jills & Seahawks did Miami a solid with the Pats & Jests losing & Miami getting ready to go on a 4 game homestand that “could” get us right back in the thick of things if Gase can get the “TEAM” to put it all together more consistently on both sides of the ball.

  3. finfanrob says:

    ‘How can anyone think QB is the sole or even main reason for being 1-3 after looking at that list?’

    it is just cause we dont know football. some of us think it is a team game but we are just stupid and wrong and it is just a qb game. it is all you need to win sb’s. ANNNNNDDDDD once again i will say just ask dan marino

  4. finfanrob says:

    ‘if Gase can get the “TEAM” to put it all together more consistently on both sides of the ball.’

    lol getter,

    you are so dumb. it isnt a team game. it is only up to the qb. just laughing so hard and you and the team thing. some people just dont know football…..smh team game, what an idiot

  5. getterdone says:

    NE next 4 games: 3 on the road….@ Cleve, home for Cincy, @ Pitt, @ Buff who just beat them.

    Buffalo next 4 games: @ LA Rams, home vs San Fran, @ Miami, home vs NE.

    Jests next 4 games: @ Pitt, @ Arizona, home vs Balt, @ Clev, then @ Miami.

  6. naplesfan2010 says:

    There are lots of things wrong with our team, and that’s why we are 1-3.

    But one of the facts is that we have played against 4 of the best HCs in the whole NFL.
    Gase (and Vance Joseph) have been outcoached in every game incl the one we won.
    The 3 losses came against 3 of the longest tenured coaches in the league.
    I really think the Cincy game was lost as soon as it was a Thursday game.
    Visiting teams rarely win those because it is so hard to plan for them. The team has to rest after a Sunday game and they have to fly, so that leaves exactly one day to “practice” and with one of the youngest teams in the NFL as we have, we were doomed against a homestanding veteran team with all the infrastructure in place. Gase has never been in charge of a whole operation before.

  7. naplesfan2010 says:

    Everybody please remember that Gase is a first year HC and Joseph is a first yr DC.
    If they are as smart and talented and “sought-after” as everyone says they were, then they will grow and learn very fast and the Wins will soon begin to come more and more often.

  8. finfanrob says:


    that is kind of cure and all. mean with all the excuses about going against 4 of the best head coaches and all. but no one is fooled here. seems to be everyone but you knows it is all cause of the qb. had nothing to do with anything else then the qb.

    you know it is about time you get with the program

  9. wyoming85 says:

    Bekwith is a tad slow!

  10. naplesfan2010 says:

    I did not hear anyone remind everyone that Kevin Coyle is the DB coach of Cincy now, and surely he has been studying Tannehill up close and from a deep insider perspective for years. No wonder our WRs had so much trouble getting open. Also Bill Lazor is Cincy’s QB coach, and there is someone else who knows Tannehill intimately to help thwart his strengths and exploit his weaknesses.

  11. naplesfan2010 says:

    If I only look at that game tape above, I am not impressed with Beckwith at all.

  12. New Age says:

    I don’t think anyone is blaming the first year HC and DC. I don’t think anyone says our players are really good and just one guy is holding them back. I think most are saying that Tanny hasn’t been a good QB this year and most of his career. We can look at guys like Brees, and Cam and say, “Look, look,, look”, but they have gotten past 7-9 at some point. They have had that one or more great year. Year 5…same garbage. Same old garbage and the same old mistakes, and the same old everything. That’s on Tannehill. He isn’t improving at the rate that he needs to.

    I don’t want shitty Ryan Fitzhill in 5 years and still hear the same crowd saying, ” if only the defense held them more. Tanny is almost there folks. Give him another 5 and he WILL get it!” Nope. He’s got this year or next depending on contract. He’s had that solid chance to show something. It hasn’t happened and most likely wont at this point.

  13. naplesfan2010 says:

    OK so it is execution then?
    We had a rookie UDFA at CENTER. Shouldn’t that hurt execution for a few key plays each game; just enough bad snaps or bad protection calls to lose against the elite coaches we had to play?

    • Tim Knight says:

      Yes all of that adds up. Not so much the coaches but mathcup issues. You can’t lose too many one on one battles or the game changes.

  14. naplesfan2010 says:

    We started a rook CB all year. All it takes is 2-3 mistakes a game @CB to lose the whole thing, which is expected of a rookie matching wits with HCs old enough to be his grandfather.

  15. naplesfan2010 says:

    I see the same things everyone sees from Tannehill. If this were a different sport, it would be easier to say his flaws doom the team.
    But they don’t.
    He has broken some of Marino’s records, he has thrown for more yards in his first 4 years than all but 3 or 4 other QBs, he holds the NFL record for most completions in a row, his stats have improved every year, he’s had some really iffy coaching and a historically bad OL to overcome.

    If you are going to call out his flaws, which I also do, you must be fair and cite his positives and what he has had to contend with while trying to succeed in a very rough sport.

  16. finfanrob says:

    ‘I don’t want shitty Ryan Fitzhill in 5 years and still hear the same crowd saying, ” if only the defense held them more.’

    oh okay. so it is okay to have excuses for the defense but not for the qb. i am really starting to get this. the heck with any other aspect of the team, all a team needs is a qb. kind of just like denver last year. that was all they needed to win a SB

  17. naplesfan2010 says:

    I too get sick to see Dak Prescott have such early success and wonder why Tannehill can’t do that. Then I look at Ezekiel Elliott ripping off hundreds of yds rushing through holes you could drive a BMW through. We can’t even run for a 3rd and 1.

    I could go get a beer while the Cowboys OL pass protects and still return in time to watch the pass.

    Anybody want to compare the reliability of Witten vs our TEs? Everyone says that a solid TE is a young QB’s best friend. We let Charles Clay get away, and there’s been almost no one else there.

  18. naplesfan2010 says:

    Anybody notice how much worse Kirk Cousins looks without Alfred Morris bulldozing for extra yards?

  19. New Age says:

    I agree that the Cowboys have one of the best offenses in the league. But what about Wentz? Siemian? Kessler, Lynch, etc,etc,etc? Also, Tannehill regressed last year(to be expected though). He still hasn’t been as good(stat wise at this point) as two years ago this year. Lots and lots of TOs too. You aren’t going to win if your QB is giving away the ball as much as he’s producing TDs. That’s Tannehill this year. That’s Cutler, Fitzpatrick, etc territory. Hold the ball with both hands! Get some pocket presence after 5 years. If Gase is benching people for doing poorly, then Tannehill needs to put himself in the line.

  20. finfanrob says:


    just stop, no one cares about all your intelligent points. all that is cared about it you just blame the qb. will you please stop making rationale points and just blame tanny for everything

  21. getterdone says:

    naplesfan2010 says:
    October 2, 2016 at 9:57 pm
    I see the same things everyone sees from Tannehill. If this were a different sport, it would be easier to say his flaws doom the team.
    But they don’t.
    He has broken some of Marino’s records, he has thrown for more yards in his first 4 years than all but 3 or 4 other QBs, he holds the NFL record for most completions in a row, his stats have improved every year, he’s had some really iffy coaching and a historically bad OL to overcome.

    If you are going to call out his flaws, which I also do, you must be fair and cite his positives and what he has had to contend with while trying to succeed in a very rough sport.

    Post of the decade! ^^^

  22. Tim Knight says:

    Let’s see a body of work before everyone gets too high on guys. It can change in an instant and often does.

  23. naplesfan2010 says:

    Kessler is nothing. He’s played a game and a half and won neither.
    Wentz has not had to go to Seattle and play the 12th man, the Legion of Boom, and the guru of DB holding.
    Nor has he had to go into fuxboro and play Darth Vadar with no helmet audio.
    Siemian has the best D in football to lift his spirits and give him short fields and early leads, a veteran Super Bowl winning HC, and no oxygen for his opposing teams to breathe.
    Plus he has 2 All pro WRs and besides, he’s already hurt.
    Tannehill has been hammered over and over and over and he is still fighting.

  24. finfanrob says:

    that was just a horrible call. that guy had one foot in bounds then landed out of bounds. why have replay if you are going to over turn shit against the nfl darlings

  25. D says:

    No one is ignoring other issues FFR, we just don’t continue to ignore one if the big ones. Team has to be good around the QB for sure but QB, like it or believe it or not, is a big part of a team, and it’s performance.

  26. naplesfan2010 says:

    ok gotta crash
    PS: I do think Tannehill takes too many sacks.
    So do Big Ben and Aaron Rogers. And you see tonight the difference between having a Running game and last week when Ben did not have LeVeon and last year when Rogers did not have Lacy or anyone else running (and no Mr automatic at WR).

  27. getterdone says:

    Tanny needs to improve, but that also comes with being able to have a run game to slow the pass rush down a tad, and for receivers to get open quicker so he can do the quick release thing that they do in NE.
    Then we’ll talk about the defense too…. 😉

    • yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda.
      slow the pass rush down. yep. because no other qb in the league has to deal with pressure. just tannehill. does anyone here watch other football games or just the phins and assume that other qb’s don’t face pressure like tannehill and move around to escape the pressure and create something or get rid of the ball to avoid the sack?
      doesn’t anyone ever recall other qb’s doing that?
      really, this “blind” defense of a failed first rd bust is getting old.

  28. finfanrob says:

    D says:
    October 2, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    No one is ignoring other issues FFR

    wrong, that is bull. all this blog is about is bashing the qb only. no one talks about the other issues on the team. i get it, the qb isnt an elite qb but tell me does anyone really think if marino in his prime was on this team it would be any better then any team marino was on. still no defense that can ever stop another team when they need too. but hey i get it, it is only fun and easy to just focus on the easy target

    • seriously? if marino was on this team right now it would be 4-0 especially with the weapons he’s got to work with.
      lol. now that’s funny stuff right there.

    • D says:

      I’m definitely not ignoring other issues but because I call him out for his you have said I’m putting it all on him. You watch the same crappy games, can you say with a straight face you think he is a franchise worthy guy? Woukd you want to keep him for the next 5 years?

    • doesn’t matter that he stands there holding the ball out in his right hand where pressure is coming from and has his entire left where he can move to avoid pressure and buy time or even throw it away but nope. he holds it out there like “here it is. knock it out of my hands.” damn. even Wentz, a rookie, knows you need to have ball security with two hands on the ball when you’re back there.
      but our failed first round bust 5th yr qb doesn’t.

  29. D says:

    What are his positives Naples….

  30. naplesfan2010 says:

    ok Lou
    Tannehill is tall, lean, fast, tough, smart, and has a strong arm. These are facts. Marino even said Tannehill has a rifle arm.
    Tannehill works hard, studies long hours, never gives up, never throws his teammates under the bus, and never whines or pouts.
    Tannehill is a good person that a fan can root for, a good role model for kids, and a fine citizen.
    He’s not a rapist, a druggie, a jerk, a prima donna, a thug, nor a political or social liability.

    • D says:

      He has at best an average arm but he don’t know how to use it. What you described is a great cheerleader or a great community service guy. You aren’t describing what’s needed to be a great QB. He seems like a great guy and on a social level I’m sure he is a outstanding person, but to lead this team he kinda has to play the position better. Let him stay on and work in the FO, but let’s get someone who can be a great guy but also play QB, those do exist.

      • D says:

        Also if he works so hard and studies, why haven’t we seen the results on the field. You know what they call engineers who study hard but can’t apply what they have learned….. Unemployed

    • he’s got a strong arm and athletic ability. other than that there’s nothing. smart? who says? he’s as dumb as they come.
      and if he works and studies as hard as everyone says he does and the light still hasn’t come on he’s definitely a dummy.
      he doesn’t throw his teammates under the bus? most of the failure of the offense is on him. you can argue that all you want but THAT’s a fact. yet, he stands there and says, “we didn’t get it done.” There’s only one thing he should be saying, “I didn’t get the job done and the fact we didn’t move the ball on offense is on me.” That’s it.
      3rd and short with a wide open TE and he can’t make a simple throw for the completion to keep the drive alive. WTF! And people are going to defend him.
      He Sucks!!!

  31. D says:

    Seriously, all of you protecting Tanny is this your guy for the next 5 years, are you wanting to hand him this team and it’s future. Is this your guy?

  32. getterdone says:

    Lou, of course other QB’s face pressure, but not at the rate our QB does, or as fast many times.
    A lack of a running game is what’s contributing to that a lot.
    Yes Tanny needs to improve there, but so does the playcalling a designs by Gase and his yet another new offense for everybody to learn.
    Even the announcers were speaking about how Dalton has had the same offense & coaches for 5+ years and Tanny is goin on his 3rd + offense & HC, etc etc…’s like being a rookie every year almost…lol
    No continuity.

    • D says:

      Dude, the shit he sucks at had nothing to do with scheme of who he has had as a coach.

      • D says:

        That’s an excuse like a lot of the stuff that gets said about him. You guys know that the OL has also has the same thing, the RBs, the TEs the defense….. But all that has to be reworked for Tanny to be better…. really…. really!

    • you’re wrong about the pressure. yeah other qb’s do face a lot of pressure. watch Rodgers with GB and see how often he faces pressure. problem is you might not think of it that way because he recognizes it and starts to move when he see’s it.
      tannehill doesn’t see it and he stands there and by the time he starts to move it’s too late. we saw Dalton getting pressure like Tannehill did early on and he moved up in the pocket and then to his right and bought time and made a throw for a completion. tannehill got stripped and fumbled the ball in the same situation.
      the defense of this guy is really puzzling because I agree with D. Do you REALLY want him to be your franchise QB for the next 5 yrs because I sure as hell don’t.
      Yeah, we’ve got other problems on the team. We need to elevate the LB play. We’ve had trouble stopping the run. We had trouble against the Bengals passing game.
      But, on the offensive side of the ball the biggest issue by far is the qb. When he can’t complete simple passes to keep a drive going you’re dead in the water. You have to throw the ball in today’s league to win consistently and when you have a qb that NO defense in the league fears it’s not going to happen.

  33. naplesfan2010 says:

    And he is good under pressure where PFF defines it (not the pressure as in being far behind in the first half) as blitzes, jail breaks, etc. He received the 6th most pressure rushes of any QB and yet finished 3rd best in the whole NFL against DL pressure, according to PFF.

  34. getterdone says:

    Ok Tanny sucks and he’ll never win another game….there, you guys happy. Now all is right with the team when they figure that out, then their play will improve as they magically & suddenly get it.

    • D says:

      Still don’t hear any commitments to him being your guy for the next 5….

      • getterdone says:

        I’d like for Gase to develop throughout the year and be our HC for the next 5+ years, and hopefully if he is the QB guru as the football expert world and former players have made him out to be, then yes, I’d like to see Tanny grow with him in a stable environment.

  35. Tim Knight says:

    4 straight home games including a bye the next 5 weeks. There’s our season. Don’t take advantage of that then I have nothing else to say.

  36. naplesfan2010 says:

    I agree he has too many passes batted down and that’s related to his tendency to stare down his intended receiver, because no one is getting open half the time and sometimes he would rather take a sack than give up on a play or risk an INT.
    And sometimes he seems to get frustrated at the lack of opportunities because of poor pass pro, so he throws when he is getting his arm hit which causes INTs.

    • D says:

      He also knows nothing about passing lanes, they aren’t magic, you have to slide one way or the other to get a clear one sometimes

    • oh man. this is getting old. not even close to being true. his problem is he can’t process information fast enough and his progressions are terrible. by the time he see’s the open guy it’s too late to make the throw and he holds the ball too long.
      okay, I’ll go there again. watch the coaches film and see how many times he has at least two targets to throw to and he doesn’t see them.
      he can’t even throw a simple bubble screen on target. I’ve been down this road before and I’m not doing it again. his negatives far outweigh his positives because there’s still too much about his game that needs to be corrected and I’d like to see the team make the playoffs again before I die so I hope the team doesn’t waste any more time trying to fix everything that needs fixing because it’s not going to happen.

      • D says:

        I’ve been watching his play and he doesn’t just miss one opportunity he misses about 3-4 on plays that end up bad. There are times when he gets a jail break and either no protection is called to pick it up or the OL really just doesn’t do their job, but there is an equal or more so amount where he just doesn’t pick it up. Bad reads, missed opportunity to scramble out of pressure or step to a clear passing lane.

  37. D says:

    So Tanny needs 5 more years to develop? Damn that’s a worse feeling about him than I actually have

  38. getterdone says:

    We’ve played the coaching shuffle & QB shuffle for years following Don & Dan….after 9 HC’s & 17 QB’s we got Tanny who has shown more promise than we had for 13+years… careful what you wish for by dumping him only to find ourselves in the same problem a dozen or more teams are in at the QB spot…..just sayin.

  39. naplesfan2010 says:

    QB is different from other positions. Benching a QB can disrupt an entire team.
    I’m not Ryan’s daddy. If we can find a better QB, then he should play instead.
    But he won’t win either with an OL that can’t block and rookies at key coaching and skills positions and last game we had 8 starters out. How is that the QB’s fault? Our guards were so bad last year that we started 4 tackles this yr. How is that the QB’s fault? We were rated as having the worst CB’s in the NFL. How is that the QB’s fault? Our LB’s are bad at covering TEs and RBs and worse at stopping the run. How is that the QB’s fault?

    • I, for one, believe the team as a whole doesn’t believe in tannehill and doesn’t believe he’s the guy who can get them to the playoffs. I think the defense doesn’t have faith the offense can score with him as the qb and I don’t think the guys on offense have much faith in him either.
      I think the offensive line is probably tired of taking ALL the blame for the pressure, sacks, hits, etc on tannehill because they see him just standing there and not even trying to move in the pocket like other qb’s do.
      I also think the wr’s and te’s are wondering what the hell he’s doing holding onto the ball when they see that they are getting open and he still has the ball in his hand.
      So, yeah, benching a qb can also have a positive effect on a team.
      The team plays with no emotion and IMO it’s because the leader of the offense is no leader.

  40. I’d rather the team makes the decision to not put anymore time into trying to develop tannehill any further and admit there’s nothing there and move on.
    4 games into the season with what he’s got to work with and he can’t get it done it’s never going to happen. other qb’s in this league would die to have the weapons tannehill has on his offense and he’s out there making sucking sounds with it.
    Move on. Admit it was a mistake to draft him and the RT1P8 experiment is a failure.

  41. Tim Knight says:

    D, start whoever you want at QB, I said 4 straight home games with a bye in the mix the next 5 weeks. I root for the Miami Dolphins, not just the QB. That’s our season or would you disagree?

    • D says:

      I agree, though I’m not sure the season isn’t over Tim. There is 0 chance we keep playing like this and change the direction of our season. You think that can be fixed in 10 days?

  42. Tim Knight says:

    I have no idea how Lou feels about Tannehill and Doughty.

  43. D says:

    Naples benching a QB doesn’t always disrupt a team and I’d call us pretty disrupted already. I’m not saying it has to be done, but look at it from other players perspective, I’m getting punished but this guy is laying down a big ole stinker and he doesn’t gets shit done to him….

  44. The Flying Pig says:

    I put a new blog up
    it was supposed to go up tomorrow but wharves

  45. naplesfan2010 says:

    So what was your prediction for this year so far? 1-3? Mine too.
    So what are you bitchin about?

    I am actually pleased with how well we did in Seattle, and not unhappy with how well we did in Boston. Those are known to be very tough places to win for visiting teams. We beat Cleveland.

    I think the record for visiting teams on Thursday night games is about one third victories, so that deck was already stacked against us also.

  46. D says:

    Mike that was directed at GDP

  47. he passes the ball 41 times a game and gets pressure on 4 to 6 of those plays but he was under pressure ALL game.

  48. naplesfan2010 says:

    ok well Tannehill might not be the answer at QB, but ranting about it hasn’t convinced me.

    I don’t really care who plays QB as long as Fede is not hitting the punter 20 seconds late and the KR men are not dancing on the end zone line and the center is not rolling the ball back there to the QB and the WRs and TEs aren’t dropping TDs and the tacklers aren’t tackling and the blockers aren’t blocking and where is that pass rush we were supposed to have anyway?

    I understand why D and Lou and others are so angry. I hate losing and I especially hate the way we have been losing these last few years. But i see lots of bad play and rookie mistakes and rookie coaching, so I just don’t think the QB is the whole problem.

    Gotta go watch TV, now that KC is mounting a comeback.

    • steveccnv says:

      Give it time we’ll know who Tannehill is at years end. With the brutal schedule and long list of injuries to open the season, we need to be patient, because there’s nothing else we can do. I suppose I could say fuck it, and become an LV Raiders fan, but you don’t hear me saying that.

  49. steveccnv says:

    Seems others teams like the Panthers are struggling too without a running game.

  50. steveccnv says:

    RT needs to figure out the mental part of the game, before he becomes a franchise QB. Maybe he even needs to have Gase watch film with to show him what he isn’t seeing. Fuck, I could watch the tape and show him.

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