Re: trade deadline
posted at 10/9/2009 6:22 PM EDT
In Response to Re: trade deadline
[QUOTE]Also, to Nick when saying Sanders has too much value over McGowan because all McGowan does is move up and cover tight ends. Isn't that when our defense has been at its best. When Rodney was there covering tight ends leaving a "centerfielder" type safety on the back end? Wouldn't we be able to somewhat mimic that better with McGowan and Merriweather than with Sanders and Merriweather?
Posted by MaritimePatsFan[/QUOTE]
So what you're saying is that we should only play Cover 1 and Cover 3? What if there's no real playmaking threat at the tight end position? Can McGowan play the deep zone? Will he be able to communicate to his teammates and pick up the right assignments? What if the Patriots want to blitz Merriweather? That would leave McGowan in center field by himself. What if they want to run a cover 3 with two safeties over the top and one corner? Or cover 4? Or Robber? Can McGowan do all of these things? I haven't seen anything to prove that he can, or else he would.
Sanders plays a pivotal role in coordinating communication between players in the secondary. He also does his job, which is typically to stay over the top and pick up the deepest route in his zone. One of the things I've noticed about him is that he's also a superb open field tackler. McGowan has strictly played underneath as a LB/OLB hybrid, and that is NOT all that a safety does in a successful defense. Until I see that McGowan can play all facets of the safety position, then having a safety who can ONLY play in the box is prohibitive.
In my one opportunity to see McGowan in zone, he gave up a touchdown to the Jets.
There's a reason Sanders is back there.
Also, if you think so poorly of Sanders, what do you think other teams would think? How much value does a player have when traded well after training camp? Do you think a safety can learn the entire defensive playbook on such short notice? And if he learns too slowly, how many touchdowns will he give up in the meantime?
IF Sanders is traded, I suspect it wouldn't be until after the season.
And WHERE ARE YOU GETTING ALL OF THIS CONFIDENCE IN CHUNG???