Re: Current crop of CB's best ever in Belichick era?
posted at 3/16/2014 11:53 AM EDT
In response to HelmetofLeather's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
Let's not forget for the longest time BB was in love with 5'10" CB's with quick twitch skill. Contrast that today, and a couple things come into focus.
With the Revis signing, at least for this year, teams are going to throw away from Revis, at the other CB. IMO that is why the Pats went 3/$17 for Browner or they would have lost him. They needed a stud on the other corner, and Browner is just that. He can do almost as much as Talib could.
I don't think this defense would have been as effective with Dennerd opposite Revis, but I guess we find out the first 4 games of the season.
is Dennerd or Ryan a better slot CB than Arrington? How does Arringtons contract look if he is relegated to the 5th CB mid season?
Pats have never had this much talent at CB. What is there to compare this group to? Really not much over the past 8 years or so. Size, experience, talent, depth...this group seems to have it all.
Browner is not the stud at corner you might think, although BB will try him there. In the long run he will be much better suited lining up against TE's , backs releasing and giving us someone from the secondary to stick in the box . BB has always wanted a Tank Williams type player .
I don't think browner is as good as Talib, but he won't have to be either. Revis is the key here because he forces the throw to the other side where we have Dennard or browner and mccourty can roll over just to one side. No guessing on mccourtys part. with browner on the field, he covers the TE, sending Collins and the lbs to blitz. This is the key. Revis enables a much more aggressive defense for the front, frees up the lbs and simplifies coverage responsibility for mccourty. Revis is the key to this whole thing and browner adds the size dimension to cover bigger wr's, te's, or play in the box.
Just remember how different the secondary performed with Talib in. Same thing here but +1 with addition of browner because this gives bb max flexibility with Collins and the LBs. this is exactly what bb likes. He likes to use his lbs to wreak havoc, and this lb corps should be amongst the best in the nfl next year.