Re: Is this our most intimidating secondary since the 2003-04 team?
posted at 11/11/2009 4:00 PM EST
In Response to Re: Is this our most intimidating secondary since the 2003-04 team?
[QUOTE]No way, Ty Law in his prime was probably the best in the business along with Champ Bailey. Rodney Harrison was also an animal as well. I like McGowan and Merriweather but not as much as Rodney, at least not yet. Bodden is ok but he couldn't hold a young Ty Law's cleats.
Posted by Diesel12[/QUOTE]
I'm not saying they are as good, this has yet to be proven or time tested, the question was are they the best since.
Undoubtedly Brandon Meriweather is the best ball hawking free safety we've had since Willie "Big Play" Clay and he hits like a ton of bricks, as good or better than Eugene Wilson, who to be fair was simply a big corner playing out of position, ever did.
McGowan is never going to be Rodney Harrison, who as time passes and personal beef gets forgotten, people will realize was one of the best safties ever, put him up there right next to Ronnie Lott. But Big Mac certainly hits bigger than his size allows and while he still needs to learn to drop back in the end zone (see last sundays game against the Phins) he is a guy who will give up his body which is worth his weight in gold and he has time to learn. He'll never be a true strong safety but he will never be a point of weakness either...
Chung is the X factor, if he continues to progress than our safety position is better manned than before, perhaps moreso than any safety unit we've had in Bill's tenure and Sanders for all his faults also provides depth and special teams coverage.
As far as the corners go, I will admit whole heartedly that Ty Law was the best corner of his generation, of the decade to be sure... but Butler to me looks to be an Asante Samuel clone, he'll never hit like Ty but he is as silky smooth in coverage. He has a world of upside, gets better by the week and is already starting opposite Bodden as a rookie.
Bodden provides a need for us that we hoped Shawn Springs would provide but Bodden has exceeded expectations. He can cover larger receivers like the Chad Johnsons, TO's and the rest. A big cover corner is just as important as a small guy to cover the slot and Bodden right now looks to be the best big cover guy in the league after Antonio Cromartie who frankly is having a down season...
We can judge this unit after the season ends, it would be premature to do so beforehand, but to be sure this unit doesn't have the benefit of the Willie McGinests, Chris Slades, Mike Vrabels, Tedy Bruschis, Henry Thomas's, Greg Spires, Bobby Hamilton's, Anthony Pleasants and Richard Seymours that the past units did upfront getting sacks and creating pressure.
Right now we have 15 sacks on the year, Mike Wright leads us with 4... that's not getting it done. When the front seven can start creating more pressure we'll see how good this defensive backfield can be... I really hope that time is coming soon?