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Shep studying Zach Thomas tape

Posted by Chris Brown on June 6, 2012 – 10:57 am

He was a seven-time Pro Bowler and five-time 1st Team All-Pro. Add in the fact that he played the same position in the same exact defensive scheme as Kelvin Sheppard will be in charge of and there are too many good reasons why Shep is going to be taking a closer look at Zach Thomas game tape very soon.

“I haven’t got around to all that yet,” said Sheppard in a Wednesday morning appearance on Bills flagship WGR Sportsradio 550. “I just checked out a couple of Zach Thomas tapes so far. When I go back home to Atlanta and I’m training down there I’ll have time to really go into detail with those things. I’m trying to get our own tape down first.”

Sheppard is hoping to gain some perspective on what made Thomas so effective in Wannstedt’s scheme besides the former linebacker’s talent.

“He was a middle linebacker that had a lot of success in this exact same scheme,” said Sheppard. “He was a Pro Bowler and All-Pro guy who had a lot of success. It’s not that I want to be Zach Thomas or duplicate what he did, but being around this game I know if a guy is having success and is doing things right for a long time you want to check out what they did, especially if they’re playing in the exact same scheme that you’re playing in.”

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