I see the biggest problem with the secondary is our safeties. Both safeties are not known for coverage skills and have been exposed as liabilities in coverage. This is really bad when we essentially play a cover-2 style of defense. Whitner is definitely is our worst DB in coverage. I propose that we release Whitner and resign Goldson as a strong safety. I think Goldson will excel at strong safety because of his all around game. Then we will need to add a coverage free safety through the draft / free agency.
Regarding our corners, they are decent. We definitely don't have a shutdown corner. However, according to PFF our corners rate out pretty well. I believe the team mis-used Rogers by playing him on the slot receiver. He is much better on the outside. Brown is a solid corner. Culliver has a lot of talent and has shown flashes of being a very good corner. According to PFF, he was playing great up until the week 14 (Patriots) and then his play dropped off. He has to work on his consistency. We do not have a corner that matches up well with the small shifty slot receivers. How about moving Brown to the slot receiver and leaving Rogers on the outside?
For the most part, we have the players necessary for a good secondary. We need to replace the weakest link and then add a good slot receiver cover guy. Furthermore, a healthy Aldon and Justin will go along ways to improving the pass rush and helping out the secondary.
We need a healthy JUSTIN SMITH and a healthy and productive ALDON SMITH. Fix that triceps and get rid of the bone spur. Do the rehab. And lets get this pass rush going again for the first time in a long time.
When these 2 were healthy and clicking we had no problems with our secondary. People weren't completing deep bombs on us because they didn't have much time. Now they have all day to throw and that makes everything so much worse. We have a pass rush problem mostly due to injuries. Not a DB problem.
I'm of the mindset that having a deeper D-line to rotate during the course of the game would provide the biggest dividends, provided that it is able to adequately rush the passer and not just stop the run. And as much as I hate them, I really am impressed with the CB's in Seattle. They are big, fast, physical corners that are going to challenge for the ball every play. Ideally I'd love to have a pair of guys like that roaming around as well.
I agree with you on the decent pass rush helping out a mediocre secondary, which I think was the case last year. I know that Aldon had something like 19.5 sacks this season, but they came in bunches and not on a consistent week to week basis, which is a little worrisome. We got exposed, plain and simple. The question now, is what do we do about it?
If you want to be bold a go for overhaul, cut Rogers, trade for Revis and sign Talib and draft a ball hawking safety . Get get healthy on the d line and add some depth and that will help too. Granted this is all fantasy, but it would be an overhaul.
Originally posted by susweel:
They need to dump Whitner and draft a better cover safety
Whitner is more of a problem as a cover safety IMO. He's just too small and not quite fast enough. Goldson is good IMO except for a few miscommunication issues we had in the postseason. In particular in Atlanta. But you don't know whose assignment that was. It could be the corner that was supposed to pick something up that Goldson was left chasing on. When definitive Goldson is good on his responsibilites. I'd much rather have him covering than Whitner in some ways. Physically just bigger, with longer reach.
When you're within 10 yards of winning the Super Bowl, I don't think it's wise to do a major overhaul to any aspect of your team. Some tweaks here and there, a few additions and maybe 1-2 subtractions, yes. But a major overhaul when you're that close to winning it all is a serious overreaction.
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