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16 Black Shirts Awarded: Cool Video Showing Player Reactions.

Here's an explanation from Riley on why they handed out 16 Blackshirts.

Riley said that new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco didn’t need a lot explained to him when it came to the tradition behind the Blackshirts, and the process as a whole was “pretty simple.” He said the coaching staff looked at the defense last week and began selecting guys.

“We selected guys that had been either in a situation where they were in a sub unit like the nickel or the dime and played a big role in playing defense in the game,” Riley said. “Or they were in a situation like maybe a [linebacker] Mo[hamed] Barry is where we feel like we’re three-for-two at inside linebacker.

“With [starting inside backers] Dedrick Young and Chris Weber, Mo is going to play in the games and rotate in with them, so we gave Mo a Blackshirt because of his earning that three-for-two format.”


Makes sense, sounds like our number 2 or 3 guys showed they're step for step with the starters and coach wants his D high energy and the extra shirt guys can spell the starters and keep the energy.
And if they take Diaco's quote in the previous post to heart, the Blackshirts will be dominating again.


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