Posted June 21, 2013

THERE is undeniably a ton of talent along the front seven. However, due to issues with the Secondary and it's surrounding support structure, there is a very good chance that the Defense won't actually be very good.

We replaced a pair of CB's that the fans couldn't wait to be rid of, with another pair of solid-to-good players in Brandon Fletcher and Cary Williams. This was solid roster building. There is no way anyone sane can have a problem with these additions. But all in all fans shouldn't be surprised to see the level of Secondary play THIS year be consistent with play from LAST year. And it's all due to the Safeties.

Last years starters Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen, look to have been replaced (so far) by the duo of Kenny Phillips and Patrick Chung. This is a real knee slapper considering that practically everybody who's been following NFC East football for the last five years, is practically taking bets on when Phillips knee will give out. Chung on the other hand has been a borderline reserve player on a team with a statistically worse Secondary than ours over the last few years. Yet THIS is the bail-out crew! 

All past indications point to Phillips' knee becoming a problem and Chung showing why he was benched/de-activated off and on. Doesn't take Miss Cleo to see that eventually we'll be treated to Coleman and Allen back on the field blowing their assignments again. Regardless of the mix at Safety, there isn't a clear cut Ace back there.

You take 4 lackluster Safeties, add an underneath coverage support system that doesn't excel at underneath coverage, and you get more pressure on the Corners to watch the underneath. This is why I think the CB play will once again LOOK as spotty this year as it looked last year. To be honest, last year the OLB's were better cover guys than this years set, who are going to be used more as pass rushers anyway.

Once we work out who will be the DE opposite Fletcher Cox, we can shore up against the run, but all indications are that pass defense won't be our strong suit this year.

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