Originally posted by mebemused:
Who makes the bigger impact, Berry or Thomas, will be determined on the field.
But all you have to do is rewatch the Super Bowl, and you have to agree that passing is the dominant way to gain yards under the present rules. And passing's dominance is even more true in college. So true, that it presents player evaluations problems for scouts watching draftees playing out of the spread, cause the spread offense is the dominant offense in college football.
So what is the future for the prototypical 225 lb SS who can't quite flip his hips fast enough in college to cover WRs, but can hit like a tank? What Mayock is saying is that protecting the pass is now more important than run support. Hence 2 FS's rather than a SS and FS. I agree. That is how the NFL is evolving offensively.
I kind of agree, but I don't think all teams are on board with that way of thinking. While the league seems to be shifting to a heavier passing attack, some teams are going the opposite direction and concentrating on their rushing attack, especially with the emergence of the 2-back system.
On defense, I think our coaching staff prefers to concentrate on stopping the rush first and foremost. Goldson is solid against the run and has good ball skills, but he's not the best in coverage. Lewis is a throwback SS, in that he's like an extra LB back there. I think Manusky wants to stop the rushing attack and force teams to pass. As long as he can generate some pressure on the QB, we're fine. When teams have time to throw we're really exposed though. Our safeties and our physical CBs struggle with the deep ball, which we've seen too many times.
Even though most teams are opting to shore up their pass defense by drafting rangy safeties, I don't see us drafting a coverage safety. If anything, we get a guy like TJ Ward, who's game is more sililar to Goldson's. Most likely though, I think we'll wait and draft someone like Cam Chancellor, who excells against the run and can be a liability in coverage (like M. Lewis).
I doubt we go safety early (2nd/3rd), but if we do, I think it's between Taylor Mays, Chad Jones and Reshad Jones.