Re: Talib is back
posted at 10/18/2013 12:13 PM EDT
In response to Harvey-Wallbanger's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
In response to tcal2-'s comment:
He is the key to the whole defense. Everyone else is replaceable.
I don't know about everyone else.
Dennard and Jones are not replaceable.
Nor is DMC at safety.
It's interesting though, that this season could end up illustrating how Wilfork, as tremendous as he is, is less essential in modern football than many would have thought.
Shutdown corners and pass rush really are the thing.
I don't think Wilfork is less essential at all. I just think BB i s a brilliant coach and he'll adjust to what he has and how best to use it.
The biggest issue with VInce's loss is they can't play 3-4 over a long stretch of a game because it's such an unknown with Vellano at NT.
Who knows, maybe BB is coaching up Jones and Vellano with Patrick Graham off to the side during practices.
Make no mistake, though. Vince has been on that very short list of DTs for almost a decade now.
Well, Bill is certainly a huge reason. I'm not knocking VW at all. He is the best NT in football. I'm just pointing out how the loss of an elite run stuffing NT is less important in modern football than the loss of your top corner or top defensive end.
It's more a reflection about the changes in the game. VW is a borderline HOFer, he has been so good. Not knocking him at all.
And yeah, NE doesn't play much 3-4, but they are basically out of running Two-Gap assignments for the remainder of the season in their base 43 front.