NO SECONDARY CONCERN.
NOW that DRC is an Unrestricted Free Agent, and NFL.com has announced that they expect Nnamdi Asomugha to be cut, I’m absolutely terrified about the Draft all of a sudden. We’re about to go into it needing an entire Secondary. Can you imagine a Defense with 4 rookies back there?
Let’s face it, our Safeties are horrid. If it wasn’t for the fact that people expected so much from the Cornerbacks, I’m sure fans would be equally as disgusted with all 4 players back there. The only thing that keeps people from screaming for the heads of Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen is the fact that nobody expected much from them. Even I figured the CB’s would mostly play underneath man-press and the pass rush would trigger quick throws into what I referred to as “the shark tank”. I imagined a Secondary where the Safeties kept people in front of them. I imagined something like this:
CB WR WR CB
WR TE SLB
(RB) DE DT DT DE
OT G C G OT
Instead we’re looking at what? Ripping out an entire Secondary? Just replacing the CB’s? Not to sound like Ricky Watters but: With who? With what? Arguably the biggest FA CB prize out there is a guy we’re just letting walk. Safety looks promising until you realize most of what’s out there is likely staying put. So we’re left with the Draft (which could consume half of our picks) and whatever is on this roster as our answer, I guess.
I think it’s really creepy that no one but me finds it odd that THE EAGLES managed to tank TWO Pro-Bowl CB’s in the two years the team couldn’t (wouldn’t?) hire a decent DC. In fact, since Jim Johnson died we just can’t seem to manage or draft CB talent anymore.
I submit to you that the CB’s who started here in 2011-12 are still VERY good CB’s. I further submit to you, that both DRC’s and Asomugha’s play will rebound in 2013. The problem was coaching. Or better yet a lack thereof. You’re shaking your head right now, but by December you’ll be asking the same question I’m so sick of hearing from our fanbase: Why couldn’t he do THAT, here? The answer is in this paragraph. If you ever ask, the answer is in this paragraph.
I don’t know what the plan for the Secondary is, but I’ll tell you this: From a building standpoint, it doesn’t look good at all.
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