Re: We have Best Safeties in the NFL?
posted at 12/11/2010 2:15 AM EST
In Response to Re: We have Best Safeties in the NFL?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: We have Best Safeties in the NFL? : Polamalu and Reed are great, but you're nuts if you think that Clark and Landry are better than either Meriweather or Sanders. Clark is severely overrated. He suks in coverage and he's average in run support. His job was to cheap shot WRs who cross the middle of the field and now that Goodell is collecting his Christmas bonus for running too fast you hardly hear his name anymore. Landry is a thug, but he's about as good as James Sanders. He's better against the run than Sanders and better in coverage, but that's only because Sanders suks in coverage. I don't think I'd put Chung ahead of Meriweather. Chung is a better tackler and, probably, the best tackler in the group, but he's mediocre in coverage. Meriweather is the most athletic. McGowan is the best in coverage and the most physical. Next season I fully expect to see Meriweather continue his deep safety position, McGowan playing S/LB and and Chung playing switchblade (CB, S, LB, blitzer, OLB)
Posted by 49Patriots[/QUOTE]
You had me until you said that McGowan was the best in coverage, at which point I questioned whether you and I were thinking of the same player.
McGowan is great at one thing in coverage: covering a team's pass-catching tight end. That's it. He's ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE IN ZONE COVERAGE and he frequently blew his assignments last season, with prime examples coming against the Jets in week 2 and the Saints in week (10?)
Merriweather got fooled to easily last season covering the deep middle, where he'd bite on underneath routes and let receivers get behind him, with good examples coming against the Saints and Panthers in back-to-back games last year. I would say that he's not much better than Chung in terms of athleticism, at least from what I see in terms of game speed. I haven't been able to watch enough of the games this season to assess his improvement if any, but I'm not too excited about him other than his straight-line speed. His hitting is also underrated.
Dawan Landry only gets heckled because LaRon Landry is a fantastic safety. There are a lot of safeties that are worse than LaRon Landry, including all of the Patriots' safeties.
On Clark, I don't like what he does as an "enforcer" but it's effective.
@BBReigns - I agree that we have one of the strongest units top-to-bottom, but I'd bet there's a better two-man tandem out there. On this front, I would nominate the Giants' combo of Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle (whose dumb comments don't detract from his ability to play the position). They're fast and they're both good in coverage. I was a big fan of Rolle's work in Arizona where he also seemed to do a good job blitzing and supporting the run.
So the Pats have the safeties that win their matchups and fulfill their roles in a winning scheme, but there are other better individual talents out there.