Originally posted by NeonNiner:
Originally posted by NCommand:
Good stuff guys...I agree, Spillman would make more sense (more in the FS mold) should Whitner depart for more money (or we let him go). Then we can slowly transition the rookie into the fold. I do think the emphasis will be on COVERAGE from now on...not big hits or in-the-box tackling. We've been destroyed in the deep pass coverage game the past three years in the NFCCG's and Superbowl. Enough is enough!
Completely agree. I'd like to see a revamped secondary that puts much more of an emphasis on excellent coverage skills than the big enforcer type hits. Those days are coming to an end with the way the NFL is going. Three years in a row on the biggest stages (Super Bowl 2012, NFCCG 2x), poor coverage has cost us big time .
Also, not expecting much from Spillman but I think it's fair to let him compete with the rookie for the starting job should Whitner leave.
Totally...aside from horrendous ST coaching/calls this is one area that probably cost us the most defensively.
NFCCG - Goldson knocks out Brown...Eli immediately goes to Manningham on Brock. TD. Game over.
Superbowl - Whitner abused for 2, possibly 3 TD's alone. As usual, Goldson is nowhere to be found. Culliver can't track the ball or his WR. Game over.
NFCCG - Both Reid and Whitner are already playing 40+ yards deep and allow the "here-it-comes" deep ball to Baldwin who easily gets behind them. Rogers trying to defend a pass in the EZ? Laughable. Game over.
Give me some damn DB's who can knock down a pass, deflect it, INT it, can high-point it, who can be in position to succeed and who PRACTICE these plays non-stop to perfection. Give me a SS with some damn range who can help over-the-top on all these sideline bombs as well. And for the love of God, allow Brock and Culliver to play physical press at the LOS once in a while and make these WR's at least earn their catches (enough with the clean releases).