Clearly the team has holes.
I am not sure that we have not improved in the defensive back field.
I am going to engage is speculation and I do not enjoy doing that. I am sure that somebody will call me if my speculation is irrational or spurious.
We need to ask ourselves a question. Why was the team so reluctant to sign Goldson to a long-term contract?
The team has been excellent at keeping the players it truly wants to keep.
In Goldson's case, part of the reluctance was clearly economic, but that I do not believe that it was simply a question of money.
My sense is that over the years Goldson has not curbed his aggressiveness sufficiently.
Even though Goldson did play much better over the past two years, he remained over-aggressive.
His need to make the big hit, produced obvious errors--major penalties and busted coverages that resulted directly in extended drives and scores.
In addition, there also had to have been less obvious errors; mistakes that put other defensive backs in the position to lose.
If the frequency of these less obvious errors, less obvious to us, not to the coaching staff, was excessive that would create an unwillingness to sign Goldson to a long-term contract; to pay him the money he wanted.
The other side of these less obvious mistakes is that some other defensive back bares the burden for failures produced.
If we know anything about Eric Reid, we know he can be over-aggressive and that he is a very coachable cerebral player.
If Eric Reid can learn the system and maintain discipline, our pass defense might not be as bad as anticipated.
Clearly, as a rookie, he will make his fair share of errors, but if he plays with discipline and within the scheme his mistakes will be his and not put other players in a losing position.
Again, this is speculation, but it seems, at least to me, reasonable.
I am confident that if I have erred or been unfair, you will call me on it.
[ Edited by buck on Apr 29, 2013 at 2:16 AM ]