Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Another reason why I think that Earl Thomas is the only irreplaceable part of that Seattle secondary. Sherman and Maxwell could go FO somewhere else, and that secondary would still be great because of the exceptional range and coverage skills of Thomas which are the great equalizer. If he ever goes down for a lengthy period of time due to injury, you'll get to see what that secondary really looks like without him setting the table for everyone. He lets them cheat a lot on coverage and get away with that single high look consistently. A rangy centerfielder like that is especially crucial when you consider the increase of mobile QB's in the NFL today.
If I were running a team, I'd spend far more time scouting safeties and money retaining them then cornerbacks. I think it is a position of utmost importance and if you have two guys who are very strong in coverage, who can be interchangeable basically, that is the ultimate ideal. However it is easier said than done, there's plenty of teams that don't even have one quality safety.
If a guy like Ward is legit, and I haven't seen enough of him to make a judgment one way or another, then I would be happy to see him as a 49er. I'm trying to be more cautious with off-season hype though, I bit on the Cyprien hype last season and he looked flat out terrible and far too raw to be a starter in the NFL.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM ]