I think you could be right on this. Especially about playing on his heels. I watched him more than any other player at training camp because I was just curious about him. What you describe is what I saw. It's like he's: 1. Reacting slow rather than being aggressive. An NFL LB has to be almost instant in diagnosing a play and then MAKING the play. There's no time to deep-think stuff. 2. I also noticed what you describe as not having confidence. Someone else called it swagger. He has nothing here. But that could change if he had a solid game and began to get some confidence back. QB's are famous for this. When they lack confidence their play reflects that. When they have the swagger (and talent too of course) they play like a totally different guy. 3. He has incredible physical gifts and seems (from all I read and hear) to be giving his heart and soul to doing what the coaches are telling him to do. It's not like he doesn't have the talent or drive. It seems to be a "head thing" as far as I can tell. Sometimes (not always but sometimes) game reps can turn the light on in a guys head and he suddenly "gets it" and that is what I am hoping for with Shea. He was given a ton of reps last night, so I wonder if the coaches are thinking the same thing - game reps may help it all "click" and Shea can be more instinctive and just "react" to plays and have that reaction be correct most of the time. It's kind of like some rookie QB's when the game 'slows down" for them and they begin to play more instinctive rather than reactive.