Shawntae is what he is: a decent #2.
The personnel we have on defense seems like such a mish mash of schemes, I'm not even entirely sure what the hell we're trying to run anymore:
I've heard our 3-4 described as a version of the more conservative bend but don't break Fairbanks-Bullough 2 gap system, except we have a Nose Tackle that plays an awful lot like a 1 gap. This leads me to believe that maybe we're aiming to be more of a Bum Phillips style 1 gap 3-4, which would explain why our LB's are called upon to take on lineman as much as they do. Who knows, maybe we're a hybrid lol! We can call it the Nol-Man-Sing F'n thing. The 3-4 godfathers would roll in their mafuggin graves if they ever read those last couple sentences. In either system we don't have an outside pass rusher, so both are doomed to give up a sh@t load of yards. Call it what you want; we're bend but don't break.
Then you take a look at the rest of our DB's, and it's pretty obvious why we have the late game break downs that we do. Our highest paid corner is definitely a Tampa 2 fit. Great tackler/not too quick. Can only play zone, which is probably why he takes such stupid risks, because I'm convinced he has his eyes in the backfield at least 95% of the time...I also like cookies, so I really can't be too hard on the guy. Let's be honest though; if the pass rush did it's job, the negative consequences of his gambles would be far less and he'd probably be in the pro bowl. Still, you pay someone over 10 mil./season and you expect a little bang for your buck. I haven't seen enough from the rest of the corners to say one way or the other. They're learning...
Mays is also too young to bag on. He's a lump of clay and it's this coaching staff's job to mold him into a pro. He's got talent...
Goldson is the best kept secret in the NFL...just ask him, I'm sure he'd tell you. I don't know what this guy's done (or thinks he's done) to earn an extension, but as far as I'm concerned he can catch the next flight Seattle.
For me it keeps coming back to pass rush, but we'd be remiss not to upgrade at FS. I think this is 1 spot we just have to give up trying to draft. Experience required IMHO. There's some good FA's available this off season. Hopefully we can land one with some speed and coverage skills.