Originally posted by KegBert:
Well TB was arguably the best overall CB on one of the best defenses in the league so yeah, not as big a stretch as you are making it out to be.
I agree. Brown is a very good CB. Underrated player on an elite defense. Any CB will look average to bad with no pass rush, and that is what we had with Justin and Aldon playing with injuries that most guys would sit with. We all like Brooks and Ray Mac, but they are all around players and if they are the most efficient pass rushers a team has, that team will struggle to stop the pass. Especially vs playoff caliber QBs.
This is an open/shut case IMO - right when Cowboy and Aldon get hurt our pass D dropped like a rock. Our corners didn't just forget how to cover, nor were they "exposed". 13 1/2 weeks of excellence then 5 1/2 weeks of nothing but struggles - it was clearly a lack of rush. Both guys were still playing but they clearly weren't healthy enough to dominate and opposing offenses were more and more aware of this as the playoffs went on.
Don't worry both guys will be back. IMO the football world panics way too much after even brief stints of ineffectiveness. MJD was # 98 and Polamalu was # 91 on the top 100 countdown and it's only because they were injured for most of last year. Both will be back in a big way next year. Remember last year when Peyton was #50? That was because half of the players didn't vote him on the list at all, but the ones that did voted him in the top 5, where he clearly belongs. Our secondary struggled because we had no rush yet Fangio refused to blitz even late in games when it was clear we couldn't get to the QB. We were 7 yards from winning the SB with 2 of our better defenders badly injured last year. Our secondary and our D overall will be awesome again as long as we're healthy. And if we get banged we're better equipped this year to deal with it with Tank and Haralson coming back. We need to stay somewhat healthy, but who doesn't? The D will bounce back big time.