Re: the real question: IS PATRICK CHUNGE READY TO BE "THE MAN"?
posted at 9/4/2011 8:41 PM EDT
In Response to Re: the real question: IS PATRICK CHUNGE READY TO BE "THE MAN"?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: the real question: IS PATRICK CHUNGE READY TO BE "THE MAN"? : Is this hyperbole? Or is this actually true? IF this is true, he's a BIG wild card. I'm a little concerned because I don't think the Pats have the leadership at safety like most other elite defenses have If you look at the top defenses, they all have elite safeties. Pittsburgh: Polamalu. Baltimore: Ed Reed. Green Bay: Nick Collins. San Diego: Eric Weddle and now Bob Sanders until he gets hurt. Even the Jets have Jim Leonhard, who's underrated and very experienced as a leader/onfieldcoordinator. Like I said on another board, it's tough to have the leaders/coordinators at cornerback because they don't see the entire field from their vantage point. Guys like Ty Law and now Leigh Bodden and Devin McCourty are great in the film room when it comes to game preparation, but Rodney Harrison (and to a lesser extent, Lawyer Milloy) was kinda a big deal keeping their act together as a whole. i didn't get the impression that Bruschi/Vrabel/McGinnest played a big role in calling the shots of the Back-4, and I don't get that this would be a good use for Mayo even if that was the case. We shall see. I'm really rooting for Chung, though. Not only is he a missile, but he's (half-)Asian and we're rare in the NFL.
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Barrett rana 4.36 at the combine. At 6'2" 220 he is also plenty big. He has had a number of injuries, including a bad knee his draft year, and has never really stood out since college. But there is no doubting his raw potential.
I too, don't like what I saw from Sergio Brown last season, at least not as a starter.
In the end, though, Chung has been making the calls back there already, and I think BB is going to turn the DB corp over to him. He is as smart and hard working as Sanders, but a much better and more instinctive athlete. If NE continues to run big 4 man fronts he should be able to make some plays. In fact, despite the talk of the corners having an easier job due to the improved pass rush, I believe he and Mayo will benefit even more from having extra protection on a down by down basis in front of them.
They will see fewer blocking backs, TEs and guards at the second level. It could end up looking a lot like the USC system or the Bears, without the consistent cover-2 shell, where they use stunts and shifts to allow their MLB and SS to run around and make plays on the ball carrier.
Perhaps that, as much as pass rush, is a factor in BB running more four man fronts. It buys protection for their two best open field playmakers.