Longer Look at Quentin Gause

Posted: May 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 34 Comments »

I was mad when the Eagles drafted Ike Reese back in the spring of 1998. I don’t remember who I wanted them to pick, but Reese was a player I didn’t think much of. I didn’t see starting ability in him so spending a 5th round pick on him seemed like a waste.

I was right about the fact that Reese never proved to be a starter.

I was dead wrong about the pick being a waste. Reese was a key player for the Eagles for seven years, serving as a backup LB and being the leader of the team’s outstanding STs units.

The Eagles didn’t spend a pick on Quentin Gause. They signed him as a UDFA shortly after the draft. If he could turn out to have a career anything like Reese, that would be great for him and the Eagles. Like Reese, I don’t see Gause becoming a starter at the NFL level. He also reminds me of Reese in the fact that he is high character, a good leader and is willing to do the dirty work. Gause could find a home on STs.

Let’s talk about Gause the player. He played OLB at Rutgers. He lined up both on the LOS and back off the ball. Gause isn’t a flashy player or special athlete. He’s one of those guys who does his job without a lot of fanfare. He does a good job of setting the edge on run plays. Gause will extend his arms into the blocker and play with good leverage. He was put out in space in some sets. Gause did a good job of fighting through blocks on WR screens and other quick passes.

Gause was least effective when playing off the line and between the tackles. He is better playing through contact than reading plays and chasing the ball. He is a tough, physical player. Gause is a very good tackler. He wraps up his targets and puts then down forcefully.

I think he is a good fit for Jim Schwartz’s defense. Gause can control one gap. He is smart and disciplined. He also is better as a N-S player than an E-W player. I wonder if Schwartz is reminded of a former player of his, LB David Thornton. The Titans signed Thornton as a free agent in 2006. He was their SAM/LLB. He was taller and a better athlete, but overall is similar to Gause.

The downside with Gause is that he’s a limited playmaker. He had 3 sacks, 1 FF and no INTs in college. Gause has the skills of a SAM, but the build of a WLB. He had a good Pro Day, but you don’t always see that athleticism on tape.

The Eagles have moved Gause around to try him at different spots. Despite his lack of ideal size, I think SAM is his best spot. Gause will need to show the Eagles he could be effective at multiple spots. If he were to make the team, he’d be called on to play where needed in a game. I’ll be interested to see if they use him at MLB. I don’t think Gause fits there, but sometimes you have to try things to know for sure. Maybe in this system Gause could fit there.

Gause has an uphill battle to make the team, but he does have a legitimate chance. The Eagles are thin at LB. Gause fits the scheme and he’s a smart, tough player who won’t be overwhelmed by the situation.

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Some highlights from 2015. Gause wears #50 and moves around quite a bit.


34 Comments on “Longer Look at Quentin Gause”

  1. 1 iceberg584 said at 5:47 PM on May 28th, 2016:

    My favorite Ike Reese memory…So when I was in college, I worked a few games as the yellow-shirted security. During the 2003 NFC Championship Game (our loss to the Panthers), I was posted along the Eagles sideline, and by the second quarter, things were already starting to go pretty sideways for the Eagles – we were down 7-3 and McNabb was injured. I’ll never forget the general sense of malaise and dejection along the sideline, and I’ll never forget the *one* Eagles player or coach trying to fire up the team. Not Dawk. Not McNabb. Ike Reese was the one player showing any outward emotion at all. The rest of the team sleepwalked to another championship game loss.

  2. 2 wee2424 said at 11:21 PM on May 28th, 2016:

    My favorite was against I believe the Falcons. Trotter got kicked out of the game before the kickoff. There was that scuffle at midfield in which Trotter and their #4 CB got ejected. Reese got the nod to start and he made that nice pick around the 50 yard line. He looked really good that game.

    I believe after that year he left us for ATL.

  3. 3 Media Mike said at 6:00 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    I hate to burst your bubble there, but Reese was a Falcon for that game.

    And the person who should have been thrown out (and executed) was DeAngelo Hall.

  4. 4 daveH said at 10:56 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    A wonderful but fuckkkked up fond memory..
    And a gentle beatdown of a correction
    ..im going to drop a few all messed up memories …
    Remember desean great kickoff return agsinst the cowboys..
    ..during tjis ehen i typed ‘beatdown’ my autocorrect presented the word ‘beard owner’
    ..-that caused me to lol for a moment

  5. 5 Media Mike said at 10:59 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    That Eagles / Falcons game had me so mad I wanted to run through the TV and beat the tar out of DeAngelo Hall.

  6. 6 daveH said at 11:06 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    Worthy of a list .. top 10 moments that eagles fans lost their tv to violence

  7. 7 Media Mike said at 11:12 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    I could also add in;

    Kelvin Martin punt return TD from two illegal blocks in our 2nd to last game in 91 that eliminated us from the playoffs.

    Barry Gardner and Blaine Bishop walking down the field as Tampa WR Joe Jurevicius was going hog wild all game in the 2002 season NFC championship game.

  8. 8 daveH said at 2:23 PM on May 29th, 2016:

    Hope u r typing from the beach

  9. 9 bsuperfi said at 1:56 PM on May 29th, 2016:

    Randall’s injury right as the defense was turning into what turned out to be one of the best defenses ever

    Nfccg loss against Tampa bay-more than one moment on that one. We would’ve beat oak for sure

    Akers kicking the ball out of bounds in the nfccg against Arizona

    Every pass dropped last year

  10. 10 wee2424 said at 11:04 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    Lmfao….. so fo i get a partially correct point there?

    Maybe it was against Minn. he got the pick.

  11. 11 Media Mike said at 11:10 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    I think that is correct. Shame we lost him to FA, but the Falcons overpaid him to do something he wasn’t capable of doing.

  12. 12 JB said at 8:38 PM on May 29th, 2016:

    Yup. Reese def on ATL that year. Mike Labinjo got the start in place of Trotter.

  13. 13 anon said at 10:36 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    “So when I was in college, I worked a few games as the yellow-shirted security.” more info on how you got that gig? if only i could go back to school.

  14. 14 iceberg584 said at 10:42 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    Not sure if this is still the case, but at the time, there was some kind of relationship with the security contractor and the military, so a lot of those guys were off-duty airmen and soldiers from McGuire/Dix. My dad (career Air Force) did a lot of games, and when I was home for the weekend from West Point, he’d make a call, tell them I was military (well, a cadet) and they’d usually add me.

  15. 15 Rockedupeaglesfan said at 3:42 PM on May 29th, 2016:

    I remember playing mens club rugby and someones wife knew a member of the Event Staff(yellow shirts) and he offered the team jobs as fundraisers. It sounded better than selling raffle tix or candy bars, but we did a bar crawl instead.

  16. 16 bushisamoron said at 6:24 PM on May 28th, 2016:

    Tommy – enjoy your long weekend-inside your house unfortunately-from one rained out carolina guy to another

  17. 17 Aaron said at 9:33 PM on May 28th, 2016:

    you an obama lover,

  18. 18 truehaynes said at 10:20 PM on May 28th, 2016:

    What a compliment

  19. 19 rls255 said at 6:48 PM on May 28th, 2016:

    Love the special teams highlights mixed in there, especially the blocked FG. We could use some of that for sure. I see what you mean about his ability to play through contact, his best plays on d were stopping the rb at or behind the los, down in the trenches. Reese proved you can make a living as a plus st’er.

  20. 20 Aaron said at 9:32 PM on May 28th, 2016:


  21. 21 A_T_G said at 8:57 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    I am pretty sure these comments are generated using the code written to generate dialogue for random villagers in early computer RPGs.

  22. 22 Media Mike said at 5:59 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    Should be some good short term depth, long term depth, and long term starter spots available at LB.

    Kendricks might not prove to be a guy worth keeping at his salary, Hicks might keep getting hurt, and Bradham might only be stopgap.

  23. 23 Media Mike said at 7:06 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    In terms of special teams I hope Pederson will allow some of Fipp’s best guys to be kept as backups in positions where we can afford to keep really good tacklers/blocker for special teams rather than keeping garbage like Barner on the roster when we’re already well-stocked at returner with Huff and Sproles.

  24. 24 Will:Howie is Nino Brown said at 10:53 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    Barner probably has a better shot of being here next year than Huff.

  25. 25 Media Mike said at 10:57 AM on May 29th, 2016:


  26. 26 Rellihcs said at 11:24 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    Forgive Media Mike, he has Hitler rated higher than Barner.

  27. 27 ChoTime said at 11:13 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    Interesting article on “dumb strategies”, like prevent D at end of games, rushing 3, etc.
    “The conversion rate on 3rd-and-long short passes is a meager 11.7 percent—not much better than the handoffs.” (The Sam Bradford special)
    “Remove the handoffs and short passes, and the 3rd-and-long conversion rate rises to 29.6 percent”
    On midfield punts: “The percentage chance of retaining possession with excellent field position is roughly equal to the chance of pinning the opponent at the goal line.”
    ” Fourteen times last year, coaches settled for field goals at or inside the 5-yard line when trailing by more than three points; in other words, the field goal would not give them the lead. Those coaches ended up winning three of those games and losing 11.” (this stat doesn’t prove anything except that short field goals don’t help much, if at all)
    “Defenses jumped offside (or encroached, committed a neutral-zone infraction, etc.) five times on “draw ’em off” plays last year.” (I’d like to see this compared to how many times the OL jumped)


  28. 28 Media Mike said at 11:14 AM on May 29th, 2016:

    Love it.

    The f-ing dumbhead punting on a short field is my personal “favorite.”

  29. 29 Bert's Bells said at 1:13 PM on May 29th, 2016:

    The biggest disappointment of the Chip Kelly era is that he continued to do all these things despite his phoney “science” approach.

  30. 30 ChoTime said at 4:00 PM on May 29th, 2016:

    The weird thing is that he actually did these things in college.

  31. 31 myartz04 said at 1:07 PM on May 29th, 2016:

    Media Mike. Where are you? http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/05/29/kenjon-barner-thriving-in-philly-despite-absence-of-chip-kelly/

  32. 32 Media Mike said at 1:15 PM on May 29th, 2016:

    Already putting up nasty replies on the Pro Football Talk twitter.

  33. 33 myartz04 said at 1:18 PM on May 29th, 2016:

    Lol. Key word…”thriving” …after I saw that I just had to link you to it.

  34. 34 Media Mike said at 1:16 PM on May 29th, 2016:

    Plus this is based on future suicide (I hope) victim ESP’s writings.