Originally posted by SofaKing:
Nice write up!
Looks like you're looking for a pretty big revamp of the secondary. Can't say I blame you, they were pretty awful. I would hold on to Goldson if possible. We could do a lot worse than him at FS, possibly convert to SS if Whitner is deemed too big a liability in coverage by the coaching staff. I like Brown too. He looked like our best corner for much of the year. Culliver confuses me. I was really high on him , but his performance in the SB will linger with me for a while.
Thank you. I'm not so sure...I'm as disturbed by the schemes and coaching as I am the individual play sometimes. Like a previous poster noted, we had tons of speed this year@ WR but we just don't use it (fly-sweeps, reverses, quick screens, post patterns, stop-and-go's, crossing routes, pick-plays, etc.). So again, scheme/coaching.
That said, the biggest reason why Seattle gave up only 15 points a game is b/c their secondary is allowed to go full Ronnie Lott on any receiver and any receiver well beyond 5 yards. We just saw that with the Ravens. They somehow created a "culture" where this is now accepted. People forget that when Seattle went to the East Coast (bias) to play the Redskins in the playoffs, the refs ironically
started calling those plays on Seattle DB's and as a result, the Redskins were crushing them until RG III got hurt and then it was game over.
I'd let Whitner walk. Love the guy but we need a taller, quicker, younger player that has serious range and ball-hawking skills esp. in the RZ. He needs to be able to diagnose a play quickly, be physical within 5 yards and disrupt timing. Even in the Superbowl, Pitta just extended his left arm on him and he was 7 yards off him for an easy, uncontested TD. That said, is Goldson ever in the vacinity? Ever? It's always Willis/Bowman/Whitner getting beat for easy TD's in the EZ. And I mean EASY! As to Goldson, he seemed to get worse in coverage as the year progressed. He had several critical missed tackles in the Superbowl, was late, yet again on the "helium" passes by Flacco, etc.
He brings good intangibles. SS may be his better position...in the box, blitzing, smashing fools, intimidating and playing center field some. And why doesn't he play the bigger TE's such as Pitta? Another scheme/coaching concern of mine. But, he needs to be paid reasonably and we NEED a real FS to make our defense work with or w/o him. I like Brown, wish he would be allowed to be more physical and play up at the LOS (see Ray Rice play) and wish he had S help. As to Rogers, he half-assed it all year long and then didn't turn it up in the playoffs. He's done IMHO. He got his $. Culliver to FS is an interesting perspective. Robinson?
Either way, we need a true FS, need to resign Goldson to SS (play to his strengths better), a better starting LCB and play out the slot CB position in camp. Letting Whitner/Rogers go, signing Goldson/Revis and finding a rangy FS would go a long way to getting off the field on 3rd down AND improve the pass rush two-fold.
[ Edited by NCommand on Feb 5, 2013 at 4:46 PM ]