Originally posted by swim4speed:
I didn't say Bly is not a gambler of is the best corner in the world. But yes, Spencer was only a decent corner. Nobody EVER talked about Spencer like he was a pro-bowler. Nobody ever called him a ball-hawk.
Spencer was decent at best. Even before his injury, the Niners signed Clements and Harris to play in front of Spencer. How much confidence did the coaches and front office have in Spencer to be a starter? Spencer was the #3 CB even before his ACL injury!
If healthy, it seems like Brown should be the starter.
I don't care to debate this ad nauseum but Harris was signed because Spencer's hamstring was very slow in healing, and those things can be a permanent issue for the speed guys.
Brown was picked because Harris is older and Spencer was coming off an ACL.
Clements was signed because he is one of the top 10 corners in the league, some might say top 5, he was certainly rated that high when he was signed.
So mix that all up and you can see why Spencer might be a #3 at the time but it was all injury related. When he was healthy, he was the guy the other team avoided so he stayed out of the spotlight. Let's hope he is that good again.